Getting Started with React and Vite

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Getting Started with React and Vite

In the fast-paced world of web development, React has become a cornerstone for building dynamic and responsive user interfaces. Coupled with Vite, a modern, faster frontend build tool, developers can now create high-performance applications with ease and efficiency. This guide will walk you through the steps to get started with React and Vite, ensuring you have a solid foundation to build upon.

What is React?

React is an open-source JavaScript library for building user interfaces, primarily for single-page applications. It allows developers to create large web applications that can change data, without reloading the page. Its main goal is to be fast, scalable, and simple. It works only on user interfaces in the application; this corresponds to the view in the MVC template. It can be used with a combination of other JavaScript libraries or frameworks, such as Angular JS in MVC.

What is Vite?

Vite (French for "fast", pronounced /veet/) is a build tool that aims to provide a faster and leaner development experience for modern web projects. It differs from traditional web build tools by serving your code via native ES Module imports during development, allowing browsers to cache repeated imports, resulting in lightning-fast reloads. Vite also bundles your project with Rollup, which is optimized for production, ensuring your application is both speedy and efficient.

Setting up Your Project


  • Node.js (version 12.x or higher)
  • npm/yarn (npm comes with Node.js)

Step 1: Install Vite

First, you'll need to create a new project using Vite. Open your terminal and run the following command to create a project named my-react-app. Vite provides a React template that sets up the initial project structure and configuration for you.

npm create vite@latest my-react-app --template react

or if you are using Yarn:

yarn create vite my-react-app --template react

Step 2: Navigate to Your Project

Change into your project directory:

cd my-react-app

Step 3: Install Dependencies

Next, install the project dependencies:

npm install

or if you're using Yarn:


Step 4: Run Your Project

To start the development server, run:

npm run dev

or with Yarn:

yarn dev

This command serves your project at http://localhost:3000 by default. You can open this URL in your browser to see your new React app running.

Exploring Your React App

With your app now running, you can start exploring the React code. Vite has set up a basic project structure for you:

  • index.html - The entry point of your application.
  • src/main.jsx - The main JavaScript file where the React app is initialized.
  • src/App.jsx - A simple React component.

Take some time to modify src/App.jsx and see the changes reflect immediately in your browser, thanks to Vite's hot module replacement.

Building for Production

When you're ready to build your application for production, Vite has you covered with an optimized build command:

npm run build

or with Yarn:

yarn build

This command compiles your application into static files in the dist directory, optimized for performance and ready to be deployed to any static file hosting service.


Starting with React and Vite is straightforward and offers a modern, efficient development experience. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you've set up a React project using Vite, explored its project structure, and prepared your app for production. React's component-based architecture, combined with Vite's fast build tool, provides a robust platform for developing high-performance web applications. Happy coding!

React is the library for web and native user interfaces. Build user interfaces out of individual pieces called components written in JavaScript. React is designed to let you seamlessly combine components written by independent people, teams, and organizations.
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