How to deploy a React App on Apache web server

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153    3 months ago

I have created a basic React App from https://www.tutorialspoint.com/reactjs/reactjs_jsx.htm here , I want to run this test code on Apache based server, I know that I need to create a distributable build but I am not able to figure out how to do that and couldnt find clear instructions.

I have seen this post React,js on Apache server but it doesn't have anything more than few guidelines

If one can guide with some clear pointers or instructions I will be grateful. P.S. I know how apache works am a PHP developer

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3 months ago

Ultimately was able to figure it out , i just hope it will help someone like me.
Following is how the web pack config file should look like check the dist dir and output file specified. I was missing the way to specify the path of dist directory

const webpack = require('webpack');
const path = require('path');
var config = {
    entry: './main.js',

    output: {
        path: path.join(__dirname, '/dist'),
        filename: 'index.js',
    },

    devServer: {
        inline: true,
        port: 8080
    },
    resolveLoader: {
        modules: [path.join(__dirname, 'node_modules')]
    },
    module: {
        loaders: [
            {
                test: /\.jsx?$/,
                exclude: /node_modules/,
                loader: 'babel-loader',

                query: {
                    presets: ['es2015', 'react']
                }
            }
        ]
    },
}

module.exports = config;

Then the package json file

{
  "name": "reactapp",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "",
  "main": "index.js",
  "scripts": {
    "start": "webpack --progress",
    "production": "webpack -p --progress"
  },
  "author": "",
  "license": "ISC",
  "dependencies": {
    "react": "^15.4.2",
    "react-dom": "^15.4.2",
    "webpack": "^2.2.1"
  },
  "devDependencies": {
    "babel-core": "^6.0.20",
    "babel-loader": "^6.0.1",
    "babel-preset-es2015": "^6.0.15",
    "babel-preset-react": "^6.0.15",
    "babel-preset-stage-0": "^6.0.15",
    "express": "^4.13.3",
    "webpack": "^1.9.6",
    "webpack-devserver": "0.0.6"
  }
}

Notice the script section and production section, production section is what gives you the final deployable index.js file ( name can be anything )

Rest fot the things will depend upon your code and components

Execute following sequence of commands

npm install

this should get you all the dependency (node modules)

then

npm run production

this should get you the final index.js file which will contain all the code bundled

Once done place index.html and index.js files under www/html or the web app root directory and that's all.