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React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

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React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

  • Declarative: React uses a declarative paradigm that makes it easier to reason about your application.
  • Efficient: React computes the minimal set of changes necessary to keep your DOM up-to-date.
  • Flexible: React works with the libraries and frameworks that you already know.

Learn how to use React in your own project.


We have several examples on the website. Here is the first one to get you started:

/** @jsx React.DOM */
var HelloMessage = React.createClass({
  render: function() {
    return <div>{'Hello ' +}</div>;

  <HelloMessage name="John" />,

This example will render "Hello John" into a container on the page.

You'll notice that we used an XML-like syntax; we call it JSX. JSX is not required to use React, but it makes code more readable, and writing it feels like writing HTML. A simple transform is included with React that allows converting JSX into native JavaScript for browsers to digest.


The fastest way to get started is to serve JavaScript from the CDN:

<!-- The core React library -->
<script src=""></script>
<!-- In-browser JSX transformer, remove when pre-compiling JSX. -->
<script src=""></script>

We've also built a starter kit which might be useful if this is your first time using React. It includes a webpage with an example of using React with live code.

If you'd like to use bower, it's as easy as:

bower install --save react


The main purpose of this repository is to continue to evolve React core, making it faster and easier to use. If you're interested in helping with that, then keep reading. If you're not interested in helping right now that's ok too :) Any feedback you have about using React would be greatly appreciated.

Building Your Copy of React

The process to build react.js is built entirely on top of node.js, using many libraries you may already be familiar with.


  • You have node installed at v0.10.0+ (it might work at lower versions, we just haven't tested).
  • You are familiar with npm and know whether or not you need to use sudo when installing packages globally.
  • You are familiar with git.


Once you have the repository cloned, building a copy of react.js is really easy.

# grunt-cli is needed by grunt; you might have this installed already
npm install -g grunt-cli
npm install
grunt build

At this point, you should now have a build/ directory populated with everything you need to use React. The examples should all work.


We use grunt to automate many tasks. Run grunt -h to see a mostly complete listing. The important ones to know:

# Create test build & run tests with PhantomJS
grunt test
# Lint the core library code with JSHint
grunt lint
# Lint package code
grunt lint:package
# Wipe out build directory
grunt clean


There's only so much we can cram in here. To read more about the community and guidelines for submitting pull requests, please read the Contributing document.


React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

License:Apache License 2.0