Prevent Creating New Folder by Create React App Command

Last updated on 15 Feb, 2023

We can use create-react-app command to setup a React project with all the necessary tools. We can even setup a React project with TypeScript support.

As per the official documentation, the command to spin-up a new React project in my-app folder is:

npx create-react-app my-app

Above command creates a new folder my-app and all the project files inside it. But, in some cases we do not want the command to create new folder. We already have a project folder, where we need the project files to be generated.

In that case, navigate to the folder and use below command:

npx create-react-app .

The dot(.) makes all the difference. Now, a new folder is not created.

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Joby Joseph
Web Architect