Getting Started

Howdy! Let's get you set up with Flareact.

It's important to know that you must have a Cloudflare account with a paid ($5/mo) Bundled plan to use Flareact.

Quickstart

If you want to get started right now, you can click the button below to fork the flareact-template repo and set up your account without installing any CLI tools:

Deploy to Cloudflare Workers

Otherwise, follow the instructions below to get started.

Installation

Make sure you have the wrangler CLI tool installed:

npm i @cloudflare/wrangler -g

You may need to run wrangler login to authenticate your Cloudflare account.

Next, use wrangler to create a new Flareact project using the template:

wrangler generate my-project https://github.com/flareact/flareact-template

Finally, switch to your directory and yun yarn or npm install:

cd my-project
yarn

Manual Installation

To add Flareact to an existing project, add flareact as a dependency:

yarn add flareact

Or using npm:

npm install flareact

Next, make sure you have the following files (check out the template repo to see the contents of each):

  • index.js
  • wrangler.toml

Open package.json file and add the following scripts:

"scripts": {
  "dev": "flareact dev",
  "build": "flareact build",
  "deploy": "flareact publish"
}

These scripts refer to the different stages of developing an application:

  • dev - Runs flareact dev which kicks off wrangler dev and flareact in development mode
  • build - Runs flareact build which kicks creates a production client-side bundle (useful for deploying from CI)
  • deploy - Runs flareact publish which builds your application and runs wrangler publish to deploy it

Flareact uses the concept of pages. A page is a React Component exported from a .js file in the pages directory.

Pages are associated with a route based on their file name. For example, pages/about.js is mapped to site.com/about. You can even add dynamic route parameters with the filename.

You will need at least one page inside your /pages directory. To add a landing/index page, add the following to pages/index.js:

export default function Index() {
  return <h1>Home</h1>;
}

Development

To preview your Flareact site locally, run yarn dev in your terminal. Behind the scenes, Wrangler creates a tunnel from your local site to Cloudflare's edge — bringing your development and production environments closer together.

By default, your site will be available at http://127.0.0.1:8787/.

Note: Be sure to fill in your account_id in wrangler.toml. You can also add it to a local .env file in your project:

CF_ACCOUNT_ID=youraccountid

Or pass it to yarn dev as an environment variable:

CF_ACCOUNT_ID=youraccountid yarn dev