Here you are going to learn how to initialize, configure, deploy and host an AWS Amplify Console, served via Amazon CloudFront to host static resources for your web application.
Before we begin, make sure you have the following installed:
Start & Configure Amplify Project
Install amplify CLI
npm install -g @aws-amplify/cli
Now create your react app:
npx create-react-app react-amplified --use-npm
Move to your root folder (react-amplified) and start your application:
React app locally running locally 🙌
Current project structure:
Now let’s set up the amplify. In root folder run:
amplify init? Enter a name for the project reactamplified
? Enter a name for the environment dev
? Choose your default editor: Visual Studio Code
Please tell us about your project
? Source Directory Path: src
? Distribution Directory Path: build
? Build Command: npm build
? Start Command: npm start
Using default provider awscloudformation
This will create a new AWS Amplify app, the necessary roles, and the S3 bucket. Everything that you need without worry about anything.
From project structure:
- It creates a file called
srcdirectory. This file contains the configuration for your backend, backend created by Amplify.
- Some files were added to
- It creates a folder called
amplifywith your backend definition. It contains the CloudFormation file and so.
You have created and configured a React APP using Amplify.
Deploy & Host App
Well first of all you should send it to your repository. I am going to use code commit (why not), but you can use github too or another provider.
(if you need help to configure AWS CLI check this article)
Create a CodeCommit repository
aws codecommit create-repository — repository-name react-amplify
Initialize a new git repository:
Add the files to your new local repository. This stages them for the first commit.
git add .
Commit the files that you’ve staged in your local repository.
git commit -m 'First commit'
Copy remote repository URL field from your CodeCommit repository
In Terminal, add the URL for the remote repository where your local repository will be pushed.
git remote add origin <remote repository URL>
Push the code to your new CodeCommit repository
git push -u origin master
To interact with CodeCommit you need AWS CodeCommit credentials. To generate your credentials go to:
- My security credentials;
- AWS Code Commit credentials;
- HTTPS Git credentials for AWS CodeCommit;
- Generate credentials;
Now you have your code in the CodeCommit repository! 👌
Connect Amplify with Repository
Go to Amplify service and connect to AWS CodeCommit
Select your repository and branch:
Configure build settings:
- select dev environment and create a role so Amplify Console may access your resources.
- Next and then deploy.
- Click Run Build
Click on the link:
You have successfully configured AWS Amplify
To finish let’s test something
Go to App.js and change the phrase “Learn React” to “Learn React2”;
git add .
git commit -m "test commit"
Check amplify Application :
your changes are being deployed automatically
In this article, you learned what is amplify and how to create, configure and deploy an Amplify project. If you would like to see more capabilities of Amplify, please stay tuned for the next articles of this series.
What is missing?
- Create a backend (API + Authentication);
- Connect frontend with backend;
- Explore some features from Amplify;
Please stay tuned for the next articles of this series.