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Maximizing Your TypeScript Development with Vite, CRA, Custom Webpack, and CRACO



March 15, 2023


March 15, 2023

As a software artisan, you strive to harness the full potential of your tools and technologies to work with ease and dexterity. For building a web app, there are abundant Typescript development tools at your disposal to propel your productivity and refine your development workflow.

Join me on an exciting expedition as we explore the possibilities of using Vite, Create React App (CRA), custom webpack configurations, and CRACO to take your TypeScript expertise to new heights.🤓

Not only that, but you'll also uncover how DhiWise React builder can streamline the integration of these powerful tools into your React application with its user-friendly platform, making your development journey an absolute pleasure.

So, let's have a look at the key topics we are going to cover in this blog.

  1. TypeScript development best practices
  2. Optimizing app development with Vite
  3. Create React App (CRA) for React TypeScript
  4. Custom Webpack Configuration for TypeScript
  5. CRACO- Create React App Configuration Override
  6. Speed up React TypeScript development with DhiWise React builder

TypeScript development best practices✨

Before we dive into the specifics of these tools, it's worth taking a moment to consider some best practices for TypeScript development. These are some general tips that can help you to write cleaner, more maintainable code and avoid common pitfalls:

  • Use strict mode: TypeScript's strict mode can help you to catch common errors and enforce better coding practices.
  • Use type annotations: TypeScript's type system is one of its biggest advantages. Use type annotations wherever possible to make your code more self-documenting and to catch errors early.
  • Keep interfaces separate: Interfaces are a powerful feature of TypeScript, but they can quickly become cluttered if you put too much into them. Keep them focused on a single responsibility.
  • Use generics sparingly: Generics can be a powerful tool for creating reusable code, but they can also make your code harder to read and understand. Use them judiciously.
  • Use async/await instead of promises: Async/await can make your code easier to read and understand by eliminating the need for nested callbacks.

Now, let's move on to the tools that can help you to put these best practices into action.

Optimizing app development with Vite 

Vite is a build tool and development server that's designed to be fast and lightweight. It's a great choice for TypeScript development because it has built-in support for TypeScript and can provide fast rebuild times during development.

How to use Vite?

To get started with Vite, you'll need to install it using npm:

npm install -g vite

Once Vite is installed, you can use it to create a new project:

vite create my-project --template react-ts

This will create a new React project with TypeScript support. You can then run the development server using:

cd my-project
npm run dev

Vite will automatically compile your TypeScript code and refresh the browser whenever you make changes to your code. This can greatly speed up your development cycle.

Create React App (CRA) for React TypeScript 

Create React App (CRA) is another popular tool for building React applications. Like Vite, CRA also has built-in support for TypeScript.

How to use CRA?

To create a new TypeScript-enabled CRA project, you can use the following command:

npx create-react-app my-project --template typescript

This will create a new React project with TypeScript support. You can then run the development server using:

cd my-project
npm start

CRA will also compile your TypeScript code and refresh the browser whenever you make changes to your code.

Custom Webpack configuration for TypeScript

Both Vite and CRA comes with pre-configured build tools, but sometimes you may need to customize the configuration to suit your specific needs. In these cases, you can use a custom Webpack configuration.

To customize your Webpack configuration for TypeScript, you can follow these steps:

1. Install Dependencies

To use TypeScript with Webpack, you will need to install the following dependencies:

  • "webpack": the core Webpack library
  • "webpack-cli": the command-line interface for Webpack
  • "ts-loader": a TypeScript loader for Webpack that allows you to use TypeScript in your Webpack configuration

You can install these dependencies using the npm package manager with the following command:

npm install --save-dev webpack webpack-cli ts-loader

2. Create a Webpack Configuration File

You can create a Webpack configuration file in the root directory of your project. The default filename for Webpack configuration is "webpack.config.js".This file will contain the base configuration for webpack.

File “webpack.config.js”:

const path = require("path");

module.exports = {
  entry: "./src/index.tsx",
  output: {
    path: path.resolve(__dirname, "dist"),
    filename: "bundle.js",
  resolve: {
    extensions: [".tsx", ".ts", ".js"],
  module: {
    rules: [
        test: /\.tsx?$/,
        exclude: /node_modules/,
        use: {
          loader: "ts-loader",
  devServer: {
    contentBase: path.join(__dirname, "public"),
    compress: true,
    port: 3000,

This configuration file sets the entry point for your app, specifies the output path and filename, resolves the file extensions, and sets up a loader for TypeScript files.

3. Create a development-specific configuration file

 Create another file named “webpack.dev.js” in the same directory as “webpack.config.js”. This file will contain the configuration settings specific to the development environment.

const { merge } = require("webpack-merge");
const config = require("./webpack.config.js");

module.exports = merge(config, {
  mode: "development",
  devtool: "inline-source-map",

This configuration file uses the “merge” function from “webpack-merge” to merge the base configuration from “webpack.config.js” with the development-specific settings. It sets the mode to “development” and enables inline source maps for easier debugging.

4. Customize with Vite:

 Install Vite using npm as shown below.

npm install vite --save-dev

Create a file named “vite.config.js” in the root of your project directory. This file will contain the Vite-specific configuration settings.

import reactRefresh from "@vitejs/plugin-react-refresh";

export default {
  plugins: [reactRefresh()],

This configuration file imports the “@vitejs/plugin-react-refresh” plugin and adds it to the Vite configuration. This plugin enables hot module replacement and other features for faster development.

5. Update package.json: 

Update the scripts section of your “package.json” file to use the new configuration files:

"scripts": {
  "start": "webpack serve --config webpack.dev.js",
  "build": "webpack --config webpack.config.js"

This configuration sets the start script to use the development-specific configuration file “webpack.dev.js” and the build script to use the base configuration file “webpack.config.js”.

6. Start development server: 

Run the following command to start the development server:

npm run start

This will start the webpack dev server and you can start developing your app.

That's it! You now have a webpack configuration file for your TypeScript React app, customized with Vite for faster development.

CRACO- Create React App Configuration Override

CRACO is a tool that allows you to configure your Create React App without ejecting. This means that you can add additional features and configuration options without having to give up the benefits of using Create React App. CRACO works by intercepting the configuration file used by Create React App and allows you to modify it.

Using CRACO and Vite with TypeScript

To use CRACO and Vite with TypeScript, you will first need to create a new React project using Create React App.

npx create-react-app my-app --template typescript

This command will create a new React project using TypeScript.

Next, you will need to install CRACO and Vite.

npm install @craco/craco vite vite-plugin-react

After installing CRACO and Vite, you will need to create a “craco.config.js” file in the root of your project. This file will be used to configure CRACO.

const VitePlugin = require('vite-plugin-react');

module.exports = {
  webpack: {},
  plugins: [
      plugin: VitePlugin,
      // Optional: Specify the path to the Vite configuration file.
      // If not specified, the default Vite configuration file will be used.
      // viteConfigFile: 'vite.config.js',

In the “craco.config.js” file, we import the  “vite-plugin-react” plugin and add it to the plugins array. This plugin will be used by Vite to build and serve our React application.

Next, you will need to create a “vite.config.js” file in the root of your project. This file will be used to configure Vite.

const path = require('path');
const { defineConfig } = require('vite');
const reactRefresh = require('@vitejs/plugin-react-refresh');
const tsconfigPaths = require('vite-tsconfig-paths');

module.exports = defineConfig({
  plugins: [reactRefresh(), tsconfigPaths()],
  resolve: {
    alias: {
      '@': path.resolve(__dirname, 'src'),

In the “vite.config.js” file, we import the “vite” library and use the “defineConfig” function to configure Vite. We also add the “@vitejs/plugin-react-refresh” and “vite-tsconfig-paths” plugins to the plugins array. 

The “@vitejs/plugin-react-refresh” plugin adds hot module replacement support to our development server, and the “vite-tsconfig-paths” plugin allows us to use TypeScript path mapping in our project.

Finally, we add an alias to our “src” folder in the “resolve” object. This will allow us to import files from our “src” folder using the “@” alias.

Now, you know everything about the TypeScript development tools ( Vite, CRA, Custom webpack, and CRACO). With your newfound knowledge, you're now able to accelerate your React TypeScript 🎁🤩

You can now take your React app development to the next level with DhiWise React builder. This innovative tool not only simplifies the integration of Vite, CRA, Webpack Configuration, and CRACO, but it also streamlines the entire development process with its intuitive and user-friendly interface.

Curious to learn more? 

Let DhiWise take you on a journey towards faster and more efficient React app development!😇

Speed up React TypeScript development with DhiWise React builder

DhiWise React app builder now supports TypeScript app development and provides multiple features to accelerate the app building process. 

So, whether you are trying to build a React web application from scratch, or wanted to add new features to the existing app, or simply needed to modify a few UI components. DhiWise’s React builder helps you in all ways.

The React builder has the following key features:
  1. Figma to React code conversion
  2. Full UI customization flexibility with smart code editor
  3. Real-time rendering for UI-related CSS changes
  4. Sync design changes into the platform with Figma synchronization
  5. API integration, and social media authentication
  6. Set up actions, add navigation, manage the lifecycle, and more.
  7. Preview the app screen and share the preview with the team. 
  8. GitHub and GitLab integration 
  9. Integration with Vercel and Storybook
  10. Support app development with Vite, CRA, Webpack Configuration, CRACO,

and so on…

Using Vite, CRA, Webpack, and CRACO in DhiWise React builder

The React builder converts Figma design to React code, and once you are done with the design to code conversion and customization you are ready to build app as shown in the snippet below.


Also, you can generate the code with the desired Framework Configuration (CRA, CRACO, Webpack, and Vite) with or without the Storybook tool. 

The platform generates all the designs with Tailwindcss and you can find the related configuration inside 

tailwind.config.js file.



Mastering the right TypeScript development tools can significantly boost your productivity and streamline the development process for your React applications. Whether you opt for Vite, CRA, custom webpack, or CRACO, each tool has its unique strengths that can help you optimize your development workflow.

But why should you worry about selecting and using these tools when you can have them all at your fingertips, seamlessly integrated into a single platform? 😍

That's where DhiWise comes in, revolutionizing the way you approach React app development. With its intuitive user interface, DhiWise can streamline the integration of Vite, CRA, custom webpack, and CRACO, making it easier than ever to maximize your TypeScript development potential.

So why wait? 

Give DhiWise React builder a try today and experience how it can help take your React app development to the next level. Get ready to unlock your full potential and deliver high-quality, feature-rich applications in record time!