React Axios Tutorial

  • Author: Ahmed Bouchefra

Throughout this React with Axios tutorial, you'll learn by example how to use Django REST framework, React and Axios (a promise-based HTTP client) to send Ajax requests or make HTTP API calls (Post, Get, Put and Delete). We'll create a React CRUD example application that demonstrates the Axios API sent from a React front-end.

In nutshell, these are the steps we're going to follow throughout this tutorial:

  • We'll clone our Django project, create a virtual environment and install packages
  • We'll see how to install React
  • We'll create a React project and React components
  • We'll add the Axios library
  • We'll see how to send GET, POST, PUT and DELETE requests or API calls.

Setting Up the Django Back-End

We'll be using a simple CRM API built with Django and Django REST framework. Since this is a React tutorial we'll not be focusing on building the RESTful API. Instead you can simply get the source code of the back-end from this repository.

You can use the following commands to clone the back-end, create a virtual environment and start the development server:

$ git clone https://github.com/techiediaries/django-crm
$ cd django-crm

# Create a virtual environment and install packages
$ pipenv install

# Activate the virtual environment
$ pipenv shell 

# Create and migrate the database and run the local development server
$ python manage.py migrate
$ python manage.py runserver

You server will be running from http://localhost:8000.

We are using pipenv so you'll need to have it installed.

Installing React

We need to install create-react-app using the following command:

npm install -g create-react-app

You may need to add sudo depending on your npm configuration.

Creating a New React Project

After installing create-react-app, you can use it to generate a new React application using the following command:

create-react-app frontend

You application will be running from http://localhost:3000/:

Adding React Components

Adding Routing and Navigation


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