Enabling ES6 Support and JSX in Your React Project


As we embark on the journey of developing our React application, we've decided to leverage the power of ES6 syntax for a more modern and expressive codebase. To make this transition smoother and to seamlessly incorporate React's JSX syntax, we need to establish support for ES6 in our project.

Step 1: Install Babel Packages:

Our first step is to open the terminal within our project directory. Here, we'll run the following command to install essential Babel packages:

npm install --save-dev @babel/core @babel/cli @babel/preset-env @babel/preset-react

This command installs the core Babel functionalities, CLI tools, and the presets needed for handling ES6 and JSX transformations. The process might take a moment, so be patient.

Step 2: Create .babelrc Configuration File:

Once the installation is complete, the next crucial step is to create a .babelrc file in the root of our project. Please make sure the file is correctly named with the dot preceding it. This file serves as the configuration guide for Babel.

.babelrc File Content:

Inside the .babelrc file, define a JSON object with a "presets" property, which is an array containing two strings:

{  "presets": ["@babel/preset-env", "@babel/preset-react"] }


- @babel/preset-env: Handles the transformation of ES6 into common JS.

- @babel/preset-react: Manages JSX transformations.

While many modern browsers now support ES6 syntax natively, configuring Babel provides compatibility across different environments.


We've successfully laid the groundwork for ES6 and JSX support in our React project. The installation of Babel packages and the creation of the .babelrc file pave the way for seamless code transpilation. In upcoming sections, we'll explore how Babel utilizes these presets to transform our code into a browser-executable format.

By embracing ES6 and JSX, we align with modern JavaScript practices and enhance the readability and maintainability of our React code. Stay tuned for the next steps in our journey to a robust React application!