Set up Laravel app with Inertia.js, React.js, and Vite.js

If you want to create a new Laravel application that will use React for client-side, and everything will be only on one server, this article is for you. Today I’m gonna show how you can set up a new Laravel application that will use React with Inertia.js. So let’s begin🤘

Create application

First of all, let’s create a new laravel application:

$ composer create-project laravel/laravel react-inertia-app
# Or you can just use Laravel CLI
$ laravel new react-inertia-app
$ cd react-inertia-app

Server-side setup

Now when we created a new laravel application, it’s time to install everything that we need for the server-side part of the app and configure it. So, let’s install the Inertia.js composer dependency:

$ composer require inertiajs/inertia-laravel

Rename file resources/app/welcome.blade.php to the app.blade.php and paste the next code inside:

<!DOCTYPE html>
        <meta charset="utf-8">
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
        @vite(['resources/css/app.css', 'resources/js/app.jsx'])
        <!-- As you can see, we will use vite with jsx syntax for React-->

After that we need to generate a middleware for Inertia by using the next command:

$ php artisan inertia:middleware

And to use the middleware that we just generated, open the app/Http/Kernel.php file and go to the web middleware group and add generated middleware to the web group:


// ...
'web' => [
    // ...
// ...

That’s all that we need for server-side setup, now let’s move on to the client side.

Client-side setup

Before we are going to write the first React component — we need to install all dependencies that we need for this tutorial:

$ npm install @inertiajs/inertia-react @inertiajs/react @vitejs/plugin-react react react-dom

After installation, we will need to configure Vite in our application so let’s do this in vite.config.js:

import { defineConfig } from 'vite';
import laravel from 'laravel-vite-plugin';
import react from '@vitejs/plugin-react';

export default defineConfig({
    plugins: [
        react(), // React plugin that we installed for vite.js
            input: ['resources/css/app.css', 'resources/js/app.js'],
            refresh: true,

Okay, and now we can configure the app.js file, but first let’s rename this file to the app.jsx:

import React from 'react'
import {createRoot} from 'react-dom/client'
import {createInertiaApp } from '@inertiajs/inertia-react'
import {resolvePageComponent} from 'laravel-vite-plugin/inertia-helpers'

    // Below you can see that we are going to get all React components from resources/js/Pages folder
    resolve: (name) => resolvePageComponent(`./Pages/${name}.jsx`,import.meta.glob('./Pages/**/*.jsx')),
    setup({ el, App, props }) {
        createRoot(el).render(<App {...props} />)

Now we need to create a “Pages” folder inside the js folder, and inside this folder let’s create a test component named “Test.jsx”:

import React, { useState } from 'react';

const Test = () => {
    return (
        <h1>This is test component</h1>

export default Test

Render component

We configured everything that we need to use React in our application and now it’s time to render the component that we just created, so let’s open routes/web.php and let’s try to render Test.jsx on the homepage:


use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Route;
use Inertia\Inertia; // We are going to use this class to render React components

Route::get('/', function () {
    return Inertia::render('Test'); // This will get component Test.jsx from the resources/js/Pages/Test.jsx

Okay, and the final step — run the local server and run vite in the terminal:

$ php artisan serve
$ npm run dev

Go to the localhost:8000 and if you see the content of the test component, that means that everything works successfully 😎