Two Quick Ways To Reduce React App’s Size In Production

Nov 30, 2016 · 3 min read

1. Add the following Webpack plugins (source code)

plugins: [
new webpack.DefinePlugin({ // <-- key to reducing React's size
'process.env': {
'NODE_ENV': JSON.stringify('production')
new webpack.optimize.DedupePlugin(), //dedupe similar code
new webpack.optimize.UglifyJsPlugin(), //minify everything
new webpack.optimize.AggressiveMergingPlugin()//Merge chunks
File size Development v/s Production

2. Serve gzipped file in production

2.1 dynamic gzip (not preferred)

//Simply do this to add dynamic gzipping (not preferred)npm install compression --save //installvar compression = require(‘compression’); //import to express appapp.use(compression());//add this as the 1st middleware

2.2 Build time gzip (preferred)

1.Install the Webpack compression plugin 
npm install compression-webpack-plugin --save-dev

2. Import the plugin to
var CompressionPlugin = require('compression-webpack-plugin');
3. Add it to plugins array
plugins: [
new webpack.DefinePlugin({
'process.env': {
'NODE_ENV': JSON.stringify('production')
new webpack.optimize.DedupePlugin(),
new webpack.optimize.UglifyJsPlugin(),
new webpack.optimize.AggressiveMergingPlugin(),
new CompressionPlugin({ <-- Add this
asset: "[path].gz[query]",
algorithm: "gzip",
test: /\.js$|\.css$|\.html$/,
threshold: 10240,
minRatio: 0.8

4. Finally, add this middleware to Express to return .js.gz so you can still load bundle.js from the html but will receive bundle.js.gzapp.get('*.js', function (req, res, next) {
req.url = req.url + '.gz';
res.set('Content-Encoding', 'gzip');

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Trying to make Web development simple. Former Developer Advocate @Salesforce, VMware (node.js); Engineer @ Yahoo, Zimbra. Twitter: @rajaraodv

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