This article will explain how do I create React JS application with Redux and create-react-app. The goal is to make hello world application with input field.

I assume you already understand basic React JS, Redux, and create-react-app. I am still learning React JS, Redux, and create-react-app, so any feedback is appreciated. I hope this example application makes you easier to learn react redux.

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1. Install create-react-app and create Application with create-react-app

npm install create-react-app -g
create-react-app hello-world-input-field

2. Move to project directory, Install redux and react-redux

cd hello-world-input-field
npm install redux --save
npm install react-redux --save

3. Create Reducer

// src/reducers/HelloReducer.js
const HelloReducer = (state, action) => {
switch (action.type) {
console.log('CHANGE_TEXT from HelloReducer');
return Object.assign({}, state, {text: action.text});
console.log('Default value from HelloReducer');
return state;

export default HelloReducer;

4. Create Action

// src/actions/HelloAction.js
const HelloAction = (newText) => {
console.log('from HelloAction.js');
return {
type: 'CHANGE_TEXT',
text: newText

export default HelloAction;
5. Create Container Component

import { connect } from 'react-redux';
import App from './App';
import { bindActionCreators } from 'redux';
import HelloAction from './actions/HelloAction';

const mapStateToProps = (state) => {
console.log('map to state to props, state.text: ' + state.text);
return {
text: state.text

const mapDispatchToProps = (dispatch) => {
console.log('map to dispatch to props');
return bindActionCreators({onChange: HelloAction}, dispatch);

const AppContainer = connect(

export default AppContainer;

6. Makes the Redux store available to the connect()

// src/index.js
import React from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';
import { Provider } from 'react-redux'
import { createStore } from 'redux'
import HelloReducer from './reducers/HelloReducer'
import AppContainer from './AppContainer';
import './index.css';

console.log('from index.js');
let store = createStore(HelloReducer, {text: 'Initial value from createStore'});

<Provider store={store}>
<AppContainer />

7. Edit src/App.js to accept props from redux

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import logo from './logo.svg';
import './App.css';

class App extends Component {
onChangeHandler(event) {
console.log('from onChangeHandler App.js');

render() {
return (
<div className="App">
<div className="App-header">
<img src={logo} className="App-logo" alt="logo" />
<h2>Hello World React JS, Redux, and create-react-app</h2>
<p className="App-intro">
Hello, {this.props.text}
{' '}
<input onChange={this.onChangeHandler.bind(this)}>

export default App;

8. Done. Start server with npm start and open localhost:3000

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