I was able to get React working in my custom Wordpress Plugin but I forgot how I got it working. What I'm trying to do is use a react component I have in NPM and use it as a Wordpress plugin.

I used npm to install my component from NPM.


function wp_enqueue_react() {
    plugin_dir_url( __FILE__ ) . 'js/node_modules/react-subreddit-posts/build/index.js',

      plugin_dir_url(__FILE__) . 'js/index.js',


function subreddit_posts() {
    return '<div id="subreddit"></div>';

add_shortcode('subreddit_posts', 'subreddit_posts');
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'wp_enqueue_react' );

my index.js which is pulled in:

const { createElement, render } = wp.element;
console.log('script is running');

  wp.element.createElement(SubredditPosts, {
    subreddit: "aww",
    display: "gallery",
    placeholder: "http://www.codeisdead.com/img/profile/Kyle.jpg",
    width: "250px",
    height: "300px"
    null), document.getElementById('subreddit')

My console log shows. But I get this error:

Uncaught ReferenceError: module is not defined
Uncaught ReferenceError: SubredditPosts is not defined

module seems to be the react.production.min.js file brought in by wp-element I believe.

Like I said I was able to get this working a few months ago but made some changes and broke something.

It seems logical to have the JS file with JSX to build with babel/webpack, but I don't remember having to use webpack or anything to build but I might be forgettin.

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    I'm guessing you've not properly built the source: react-subreddit-posts/build/index.js. And you've not loaded SubredditPosts from js/index.js?
    – Sally CJ
    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:50
  • Did you run build command on npm? In the production, we don't access node_modules folder as I know so far.
    – idpokute
    Jul 30, 2019 at 14:03
  • Yeah, this is where I'm confused a bit. We enqueue the file so it is available but if I try to import it, it causes problems. Am I suppose to build the file as a normal react project? I've been following a few tutorials but they've all been very different. I'm really trying to use the wp-element Wordpress library which includes react. Jul 30, 2019 at 16:18
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    Yes, solved it! Okay so I DO need to build the project first. This project is about taking npm hosted components and converting them into usable items in Wordpress. I believe I found a way to do it. I'll have my answer here and probably write a blog post about it. Thank you everyone! And thanks again @SallyCJ second post you've helped me on this week I believe Jul 30, 2019 at 22:56

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According to https://github.com/radekzz/wordpress-react-in-theme, you can just include script as Babel type, not JavaScript if you don't want to use webpack to print JSX. But in this case your code will not be compiled.

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