Creating a Project

First, make sure you've installed jspm. You can install jspm like so:

npm install -g jspm@beta

And also it's best practice to install it locally to your project:

npm install --save-dev jspm@beta

Once jspm 0.17 is stable and released you'll be able to just run npm install jspm, but for the beta version you must specify the version.

Once you've got jspm installed, it's time to initialize a project:

  jspm init .

     Select an init mode for jspm project configuration.

Init Mode (Quick, Standard, Custom) [Quick]:

Choose the following options (all defaults except the package name, jspm-react-component):

  • Init mode (Quick, Standard, Custom) [Quick]: Quick
  • Local package name (recommended, optional): jspm-react-component
  • package.json directories.baseURL: .
  • package.json configFiles folder [./]: ./
  • Use package.json configFiles.jspm:dev? [No]: No
  • SystemJS.config browser baseURL (optional): /
  • SystemJS.config Node local project path [src/]: src/
  • SystemJS.config local package main [app.js]: app.js
  • SystemJS.config transpiler (Babel, Traceur, TypeScript, None) [babel]: babel

After which you should see:

     Updating registry cache...
ok   Installed dev dependency plugin-babel to npm:systemjs-plugin-babel@^0.0.12
     Install tree has no forks.

ok   jspm init completed. For the standard project layout see
     To rerun these init prompts at any time use jspm init.

ok   package.json at package.json
     Config at jspm.config.js
     Looking up loader files...

     Using loader versions:
ok   Loader files downloaded successfully

We're going to use a React hello world example here by first installing ReactDOM and also React.

  jspm install react react-dom
     Updating registry cache...
     Downloading npm:react-dom@0.14.6
     Downloading npm:react@0.14.6
     Downloading npm:fbjs@0.6.1
ok   Installed peer react to npm:react@^0.14.6 (0.14.6)
ok   Installed npm:fbjs@^0.6.1 (0.6.1)
     Downloading github:jspm/nodelibs-process@0.2.0-alpha
ok   Installed peer process to github:jspm/nodelibs-process@^0.2.0-alpha
ok   Installed react-dom to npm:react-dom@^0.14.6 (0.14.6)
     Install tree has no forks.

ok   Install complete.

Now we can create our hello world component, src/component.js:

import React from 'react';
export class HelloWorld extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return React.createElement('h1', null, 'Hello World');

And we'll create a simple test renderer to view the component, test.js:

import React from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';
import {HelloWorld} from 'jspm-react-component/component.js';

let container = document.getElementById('container');
let component = ReactDOM.render(React.createElement(HelloWorld), container);

Create a new file, test.html:

<!doctype html>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<script src="jspm_packages/system.js"></script>
<script src="jspm.config.js"></script>
  <div id="container"></div>

If you prefer running test apps in Chrome with the --file-access-from-files flag enabled to save spinning up a local server set the jspm.config.js browserConfig.baseURL: '.' during init, or directly in the jspm.config.js file.

We include SystemJS.import at the end of the body to ensure that the body container is already present when test.js runs.

Open up test.html through a local server or a file URL and you'll see 'Hello World' on the screen.