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TvrboReact is a clean, concise and powerful ReactJS starter project. It features the state of the art technologies from the React ecosystem, providing support for:

  • React
  • Redux + Redux Thunk
  • React Router 4 (with scroll history management)
  • Webpack 4
  • Webpack Dev Server
  • Web Sockets
  • Server side rendering
  • Streamed rendering
  • React Hot Loader
  • Mocha
  • Session management (Cookies + JSON Web Tokens)
  • Babel (ES7, JSX, decorators, async/await)
  • ESLint
  • Prettier
  • ExpressJS
  • Mongoose
  • Nodemailer
  • PM2
  • makefile (development and server tasks)

TvrboReact provides a rich foundation to build ReactJS applications featuring server-side rendering, session management, stream rendering, ODM, hot reloading, code linting, and more.

Getting Started


Make sure you have NodeJS 8.11.1 or newer installed.

brew install node

Make also sure that MongoDB is installed and running.

Clone the Repository

Clone this repository into your computer.

You should now be able to run make info and see the full list of commands available to you.

Install the dependences

make install

This will also perform an initial build. To import initial data into the database, run:

make populate

Live development

make dev

Then, go to http://localhost:8080 in your browser and start developing with live reload/react hot loading!

Production build

make build

Will package all the assets into the public folder.

make run

Will start the app and serve whatever is in the public folder. Stop it by hitting Ctrl+C. This is a good way to check the real performance of your app in production conditions.

App management (in a server)

You may want to use a process management tool like PM2.

Edit process.json5 to set your project name, execution mode, etc. Four utility tasks are defined:

make start
make reload
make restart
make stop



To access content in your Redux stores, connect your React components

@connect({ entries, coins } => { entries, coins })
class MyView extends Component {

If a component uses Route, Switch or any route-aware component from React Router:

class MyView extends Component {

If you were to use both, leave @withRouter as the first decorator.


Even if Webpack performs Tree Shaking on ES6 modules, it may not be a good idea to use a single config file for the server and the client. That's why both are split into separate files and must be included accordingly.

Server only code may import app/config/server.js and app/config/client.js and use any of its values.

However, files bundled by Webpack should only import values from app/config/client. Otherwise, execution will throw an error to prevent that you bundle and leak any API keys or other secret data.


import config from 'app/config/server';
// ...

import appConfig from 'app/config/client';
// ...


  • In development, Webpack Dev Server exposes the port 8080, acting as a proxy to the NodeJS server (port 3000)
  • Otherwise, NodeJS listens on port 8080 when you start it with make run


Run make test and let the magic happen. This will provide you detailed information in case of failure. To get a cleaner summary, you may run make check instead.


  • You can use test/populate.js to add your code for sample data creation in your database. Run it with make populate.
  • You can use test/wipe.js to clean any data in your local database and repopulate it again. Use make wipe for this.

Project structure

	api               >  Implement here the API handlers to interact with the database
	config            >  Client/server settings
		actions.js      >  Action creators
		api.js          >  Client side api wrappers
		session.js      >  Manage user sessions (check login, decode payload, etc)
		intervals.js    >  Recurring tasks can be initialized here
		...             (your own utilities)

	mail              >  Mailing utilities with built-in image attachments
	media             >  Media files that will be copied to 'public/media' on run
	models            >  Your Mongoose data models
	reducers          >  Implement the logic to create new states upon actions
	store             >  Redux store creation and composition
	styles            >  Provide styling for your components
	views             >  JSX components intended to be used as pages
	widgets           >  Smaller JSX components intended for encapsulation and reuse

	app-template.js   >  Generates the HTML template (used when server rendering)
	app.jsx           >  The root component (define your main routes here)
	client.jsx        >  The entry point of the client render
	server.jsx        >  The entry point of the server render
	socket.js         >  Attaches the WebSocket server to the app handler

	index.js           >  The test runner
	tests              >  Write your own tests here
	populate.js        >  (Utility) Populate sample content (DB)
	wipe.js            >  (Utility) Remove DB contents

index.js             >  The start script for the server
makefile             >  Tasks definition
process.json5        >  PM2 config file
webpack.*.config.js  >  Webpack development and production settings

public               >  Folder where everything is packaged and served from

Deploy to Heroku

To deploy the app to Heroku, follow these steps:

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