How to use Webpack with React and Bootstrap

March 06, 2016

I was setting up a project today using Webpack, React and Bootstrap without jQuery. This supposed to be a straight forward task but turns out I have spent a bit of time to figure it out. So I’m going to document the steps as shown below:

Firstly, install all dependencies:

npm install react react-dom bootstrap react-bootstrap babel-preset-react —save

npm install webpack css-loader style-loader file-loader url-loader babel-core babel-loader babel-preset-es2015 —save-dev

Then, add the loaders in your webpack.conf.js:

var path = require(‘path’); var webpack = require(‘webpack’);

module.exports = { entry: ‘./main.js’, output: { path: __dirname, filename: ‘bundle.js’ }, module: { loaders: [ { test: /.jsx?$/, loader: ‘babel-loader’, exclude: /node_modules/, query: { presets: [‘es2015’, ‘react’] } }, { test: /\.css$/, loader: “style-loader!css-loader” }, { test: /\.png$/, loader: “url-loader?limit=100000” }, { test: /\.jpg$/, loader: “file-loader” }, { test: /\.(woff|woff2)(\?v=\d+\.\d+\.\d+)?$/, loader: ‘url?limit=10000&mimetype=application/font-woff’ }, { test: /\.ttf(\?v=\d+\.\d+\.\d+)?$/, loader: ‘url?limit=10000&mimetype=application/octet-stream’ }, { test: /\.eot(\?v=\d+\.\d+\.\d+)?$/, loader: ‘file’ }, { test: /\.svg(\?v=\d+\.\d+\.\d+)?$/, loader: ‘url?limit=10000&mimetype=image/svg+xml’ } ] }, };

Next, in your main.js (or whatever your entry file), import Bootstrap CSS:

import App from ‘./app.jsx’; import Bootstrap from ‘bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.css’;

Finally, in your app.jsx, import react bootstrap:

import React from ‘react’; import ReactDOM from ‘react-dom’; import { Button } from ‘react-bootstrap’;

const buttonsInstance = ( );

ReactDOM.render(buttonsInstance, document.getElementById(‘here’));

Not to mention you also need the div with this id as well as the bundle.js:

Hello React

That’s is it! Let me know if you have any questions.


Written by Victor Leung who is a keen traveller to see every country in the world, passionate about cutting edge technologies. Follow me on Twitter