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Deploying React Apps to Netlify: 3 Methods

Posted on October 5, 2023 at 5:37 PM

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Krste Rajchevski

Software Engineer @ Bugpilot

Are you ready to take your React app from development to production? Deploying your app can be a daunting task, but fear not! Netlify makes it incredibly easy to deploy and host your React apps, allowing you to share your projects with the world in just a few simple steps.
In this guide, we'll explore three different methods you can use to deploy your React apps to Netlify. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced developer, there's a method that will work for you. Let's get started!

Method 1: Manual Deployment

The first method we'll explore is manual deployment. This method is great for beginners who want to start deploying their React apps quickly and easily.
To deploy your React app manually, follow these steps:

  1. Build your React app using the command npm run build. This will create a build folder containing optimized and minified versions of your app's files.
  2. Once the build process is complete, navigate to the build folder using the terminal.
  3. Create a new Netlify account if you don't already have one. It's free and only takes a few seconds.
  4. After logging in to your Netlify account, click on the "New site from Git" button.
  5. Choose your preferred Git provider and select the repository that contains your React app.
  6. Configure the deployment settings according to your project's requirements.
  7. Finally, click on the "Deploy site" button and wait for Netlify to build and deploy your app.
    Congratulations! Your React app is now live on Netlify using the manual deployment method. You can access your app using the provided URL.

Method 2: Continuous Deployment

The second method we'll cover is continuous deployment. This method is ideal for developers who want to automate the deployment process and have their app automatically update whenever changes are pushed to their Git repository.
To set up continuous deployment for your React app on Netlify, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your React app is hosted on a Git repository (e.g., GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket).
  2. Create a new site on Netlify by clicking on the "New site from Git" button.
  3. Choose your Git provider and select the repository that contains your React app.
  4. On the next page, configure the deployment settings and enable continuous deployment.
  5. Netlify will automatically detect changes to your repository and trigger a new build and deployment whenever you push changes to the repository.
    With continuous deployment, your React app will always be up-to-date and automatically deployed to Netlify whenever you make changes. This saves you time and ensures your app is in a constant state of deployment readiness.

Method 3: Deploy from CLI

The final method we'll explore is deploying your React app to Netlify using the command line interface (CLI). This method is great for developers who prefer working with command line tools and want more control over the deployment process.
To deploy your React app to Netlify using the CLI, follow these steps:

  1. Install the Netlify CLI by running the command npm install netlify-cli -g.
  2. Build your React app using the npm run build command.
  3. Open the terminal and navigate to your app's root directory.
  4. Run the command netlify deploy to start the deployment process.
  5. Follow the prompts to login to your Netlify account and select the site you want to deploy.
  6. Once the deployment is complete, your app will be live on Netlify.
    Using the Netlify CLI gives you more flexibility and control over the deployment process. You can automate the deployment workflow, configure custom build settings, and even deploy specific branches or pull requests.


Deploying your React apps to Netlify is quick and easy using any of these three methods. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced developer, you now have the tools you need to get your projects live in no time. Choose the method that best suits your needs and preferences and start sharing your React apps with the world. Happy deploying!

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