CLI for easily publishing modern react libraries
CLI for easily publishing modern React libraries with Rollup and example usage via create-react-app.
CLI for creating reusable, modern React libraries using Rollup and create-react-app.
- Easy-to-use CLI
- Handles all modern JS features
- create-react-app for example usage and local dev
- Rollup for bundling
- Babel for transpiling
- Jest for testing
- Supports complicated peer-dependencies
- Supports CSS modules
- Optional support for TypeScript
- Sourcemap creation
- Hundreds of public modules created
- Thorough documentation :heart_eyes:
- Chinese docs by @monsterooo
This package requires
node >= 4, but we recommend
node >= 8.
npm install -g create-react-library
Usage with npx
Creating a New Module
Answer some basic prompts about your module, and then the CLI will perform the following steps:
- copy over the template
- install dependencies via yarn or npm
- link packages together for local development
- initialize local git repo
At this point, your new module should resemble this screenshot and is all setup for local development.
Local development is broken into two parts (ideally using two tabs).
First, run rollup to watch your
src/ module and automatically recompile it into
dist/ whenever you make changes.
npm start # runs rollup with watch flag
The second part will be running the
example/ create-react-app that's linked to the local version of your module.
# (in another tab) cd example npm start # runs create-react-app dev server
Now, anytime you make a change to your library in
src/ or to the example app's
create-react-app will live-reload your local dev server so you can iterate on your component in real-time.
Publishing to npm
es versions of your module to
dist/ and then publishes your module to
Make sure that any npm modules you want as peer dependencies are properly marked as
package.json. The rollup config will automatically recognize them as peers and not try to bundle them in your module.
Deploying to Github Pages
npm run deploy
This creates a production build of the example
create-react-app that showcases your library and then runs
gh-pages to deploy the resulting bundle.
Multiple Named Exports
Here is a branch which demonstrates how to use multiple named exports. The module in this branch exports two components,
Bar, and shows how to use them from the example app.
Here is a branch which demonstrates how to make use of a relatively complicated peer dependency, material-ui. It shows the power of rollup-plugin-peer-deps-external which makes it a breeze to create reusable modules that include complicated material-ui subcomponents without having them bundled as a part of your module.
Here are some example libraries that have been bootstrapped with