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Marvin ★★

React and Redux, Webpack 2 boilerplate.

Marvin is internal project by Work & Co.
We love React and use it a lot. So Marvin is meant to be a starting point for our React projects.
But as we love open source too, it is publicly available for anyone interested in using it.

Name comes from a fictional character Marvin), android from the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book as a homage to it's author Douglas Adams.

Table of contents

What is this?

Boilerplate for kicking off React/Redux applications.

It includes complete, minimal react app.
By complete we mean it has examples for:

  • components (both container/views and regular ones)
  • routes
  • reducers (redux)
  • actions (both sync and async),
  • SASS (with autoprefixer)<sup>1</sup>
  • dummy API
  • using assets (in CSS and components)
  • imports relative to the app root

<sup>1</sup> Using source maps breaks urls in the CSS loader - Try this to fix it (but it breaks testing from local network).


  • [x] React
  • [x] React router
  • [x] Redux
  • [x] Redux Thunk
  • [x] Redux DevTools (you need to have browser extension installed)
  • [x] Immutable reducer data
  • [x] Webpack 2 (development and production config)
  • [x] Hot Module Replacement
  • [x] Babel - static props, decorators
  • [x] SASS with autoprefixing
  • [x] Webpack dashboard
  • [x] Linting
  • [x] Included es6-promise and isomorphic-fetch
  • [x] Preview production build
  • [x] File imports relative to the app root
  • [x] Git hooks - lint before push


  • [x] Tree shaking build
  • [ ] Switch to redux-saga
  • [ ] Universal rendering
  • [ ] Server async data
  • [ ] Internationalization

Other nice to have features

  • [x] Generating icon font from SVG SVG sprite
  • [ ] Feature detection (Modernizr) (?)
  • [ ] Google analytics (?)
  • [ ] Error reporting (?)


Tested with node 6.x and 7.x

$ npm install

Running in dev mode

$ npm start

Visit http://localhost:3000/ from your browser of choice.
Server is visible from the local network as well.

Running it with webpack dashboard

$ npm run dev

Note for Windows users: webpack dashboard still have issues with Windows, so use npm start until those are resolved.

OS X users: Make sure that View → Allow Mouse Reporting is enabled, otherwise scrolling through logs and modules won't work. If your version of doesn't have this feature, you may want to check out an alternative such as iTerm2.

Build (production)

Build will be placed in the build folder.

$ npm run build

If your app is not running on the server root you should change publicPath at two places.

In webpack.config.js (ATM line 147):

output: {
  path: buildPath,
  publicPath: '/your-app/',
  filename: 'app-[hash].js',

and in source/js/routes (ATM line 9):

const publicPath = '/your-app/';

Don't forget the trailing slash (/). In development visit http://localhost:3000/your-app/.

Running in preview production mode

This command will start webpack dev server, but with NODE_ENV set to production.
Everything will be minified and served.
Hot reload will not work, so you need to refresh the page manually after changing the code.

npm run preview


For linting I'm using eslint-config-airbnb,
but some options are overridden to my personal preferences.

$ npm run lint

Git hooks

Linting pre-push hook is not enabled by default.
It will prevent the push if lint task fails,
but you need to add it manually by running:

npm run hook-add

To remove it, run this task:

npm run hook-remove


SVG icons - Icon

Add SVG icons to source/assets/icons folder, and they will automatically be added to SVG sprite.


import Icon from 'components/Global/Icon';

<Icon glyph='triangle' />

Available props

glyph       // required, name of the SVG icon
className   // optional, additional CSS class, default ones are `Icon Icon--iconName`
width       // optional, default 24
height      // optional, default 24
style       // optional, CSS style object



  • Migrated to React Router 4.x (thanks @shams-ali)
  • Added .editorconfig file
  • Fixed couple of typos


  • Added SVG icon loader (SVG sprite) #18


  • npm start is not using webpack-dashboard by default cause it still has issues with Windows
  • Moved prop-types from devDependencies to dependencies



  • Made sure tree shaking is working
  • Removed DevTools from the code, but it still works if you have browser extension


  • Fixed duplicating vendor bundle code
  • Reduced overall bundle size by disabling devtool in production


  • Fixed running it on Windows machines


  • Updated webpack to a stable version


  • Added pre-push git hook
  • Added preview task


  • Added Redux Dev Tools.
  • Renamed client to source
  • Made sure logger and DevTools are loaded only in development


Initial release

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