Set up a React and TypeScript project from scratch

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  • Create a folder ts-graphql-country and change to directory
mkdir ts-graphql-country
cd ts-graphql-country
  • Generate package.json
  • Add “browserslist”: [ “last 2 Chrome versions” ] in package.json
npm init
"browserslist": [
   "last 2 Chrome versions"
  • Install react, react-dom and @reach/router
  • Install parcel bundler and prettier
npm install react react-dom @reach/router
npm install -D parcel-bundler prettier
  • Add dev script in package.json to launch web site at http://localhost:1234
  • Create a blank index.html in src folder
"scripts" {
  "dev": "parcel src/index.html"
  • Create .prettierrc file to store prettier configurations
    "trailingComma": "all",
    "tabWidth": 2,
    "semi": true,
    "singleQuote": true
  • Install @babel/core, @babel/preset-env and @babel/react
npm install -D @babel/core @babel/preset-env @babel/preset-react
  • Create .babelrc file and include babel presets as follows:
    "presets": ["@babel/preset-react", "@babel/preset-env"]
  • Install typescript, @types/react, @types/react-dom and @types/reacth__router
  • Install tslint, tslint-react and tslint-config-prettier
  • Run npx tsc –init to generate tsconfig.json
npm install -D typescript
npm install -D @types/react @types/react-dom @types/reach__router
npm install -D tslint tslint-react tslint-config-prettier
npx tsc --init
  • Open tsconfig.json. Update target to “ES2018”, uncomment “jsx” field and replace the value to “react”
  • Generate tslint.json and add the following
  "extends": ["tslint:recommended", "tslint-react", "tslint-config-prettier"],
  "rules": {
    "ordered-imports": false,
    "object-literal-sort-keys": false,
    "member-ordering": false,
    "no-console": false,
    "jsx-no-lambda": false
  • Add “lint”: “tslint –project .” script in package.json
"scripts": {
    "lint": "tslint --project ."
  • Install node-sass
npm install node-sass
  • Create blank scss file, style.scss, in src folder
  • Create an App component in App.tsx in src folder and write simple JavaScript code to render a h1 tag
import React from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';

const App = () => {
    return (

ReactDOM.render(<App />, document.getElementById('root'));
  • Import style.scss and App.tsx to index.html to render App component
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="ie=edge" />
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="./style.scss" />
    <title>TS GraphQL Country List</title>

    <div id="root">not rendered</div>
    <script src="./App.tsx"></script>
  • In terminal, type npm run dev to start web application.
  • In browser, the following is displayed