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How to install ReactJS in windows

Getting Started

ReactJS is a popular JavaScript library for building user interfaces. It's used for handling the view layer for web and mobile apps, and you can create reusable UI components with it. In this tutorial, we'll walk through the process of installing ReactJS on a Windows machine.

Setting up the Development Environment

Before installing ReactJS, we have to set up the development environment. This includes installing Node.js and npm (Node Package Manager) on your computer. Node.js is a JavaScript runtime, which means it executes JavaScript code outside a web browser. Npm is a package manager, a tool that allows you to download and manage JavaScript libraries and packages.

To install Node.js and npm, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the official Node.js website.
  2. Download the installer specific to your system (Windows in this case).
  3. Run the installer, going through all the prompts and accepting the default settings.

To check whether you've successfully installed Node.js and npm, open your Command Prompt (press the Windows key + X, then select Command Prompt) and type these commands:

node -v
npm -v

If both commands return a version number, it means that Node.js and npm are installed on your machine.

Installing Create React App

Now, we'll install Create React App. This is a command-line utility that helps in creating new React.js applications. It sets up your development environment so that you can use the latest JavaScript features, provides a nice developer experience, and optimizes your app for production. You can think of it as a personal assistant that sets everything up for you, so you can focus on writing your React app.

To install Create React App, you'll need to open your Command Prompt as an administrator. Press the Windows key + X, and select Command Prompt (Admin). Then, type the following command:

npm install -g create-react-app

The -g flag in this command means "global". This means that you're installing Create React App globally on your computer, so you can use it in any directory or folder.

Creating a New React App

With Create React App installed, we can now create a new React application. Let's name our application "my-app". To do this, type the following command in your Command Prompt:

create-react-app my-app

Then, navigate to your new application's directory with this command:

cd my-app

Running Your React App

Once you've navigated into your application's directory, you can start your app by typing this command:

npm start

A new browser window should open with your new React application running. If it doesn't, you can manually navigate to http://localhost:3000 in your web browser.


Congratulations! You've successfully installed ReactJS on your Windows machine. You've also created and run your first React application. Remember, this is just the beginning of your journey. ReactJS is a powerful library with a lot to offer, and there's so much more to learn. It's like you've just gotten a new toolbox full of tools. You've figured out how to open the toolbox, but now you need to learn how to use each tool. The best way to do that is through building projects and solving problems. So, keep coding, keep creating, and most importantly, have fun along the way.