Real project with dva

dva is a React and redux based, lightweight and elm-style framework, which supports side effects, hot module replacement, dynamic on demand, react-native, SSR. And it has been widely used in production environment.

This article will guide you to create a simple application from zero using dva and antd.

Include the following:

Install dva-cli#

Install dva-cli with npm, and make sure the version is larger then 0.7.0.

$ npm install dva-cli -g
$ dva -v

Create New App#

After installed dva-cli, you can have access to the dva command in terminal (can't access?). Now, create a new application with dva new.

$ dva new dva-quickstart

This creates dva-quickstart directory, that contains the project directories and files, and provides development server, build script, mock service, proxy server and so on.

Then cd the dva-quickstart directory, and start the development server.

$ cd dva-quickstart
$ npm start

After a few seconds, you will see the following output:

Compiled successfully!

The app is running at:


Note that the development build is not optimized.
To create a production build, use npm run build.

Open http://localhost:8000 in your browser, you will see dva welcome page.

Integrate antd#

Install antd and babel-plugin-import with npm. babel-plugin-import is used to automatically import scripts and stylesheets from antd in demand. See repo

$ npm install antd babel-plugin-import --save

Edit .roadhogrc to integrate babel-plugin-import.

  "extraBabelPlugins": [
-    "transform-runtime"
+    "transform-runtime",
+    ["import", { "libraryName": "antd", "style": "css" }]

Notice: dva-cli's build and server is bases on roadhog, view roadhog#Configuration for more .roadhogrc Configuration.

Define Router#

We need to write an application displaying the list of products. The first step is to create a route.

Create a route component routes/Products.js:

import React from 'react';

const Products = (props) => (
  <h2>List of Products</h2>

export default Products;

Add routing information to router, edit router.js:

+ import Products from './routes/Products';
+ <Route path="/products" component={Products} />

Then open http://localhost:8000/#/products in your browser, you should be able to see the <h2> tag defined before.

Write UI Components#

As your application grows and you notice you are sharing UI elements between multiple pages (or using them multiple times on the same page), in dva it's called reusable components.

Let's create a ProductList component that we can use in multiple places to show a list of products.

Create components/ProductList.js and typing:

import React, { PropTypes } from 'react';
import { Table, Popconfirm, Button } from 'antd';

const ProductList = ({ onDelete, products }) => {
  const columns = [{
    title: 'Name',
    dataIndex: 'name',
  }, {
    title: 'Actions',
    render: (text, record) => {
      return (
        <Popconfirm title="Delete?" onConfirm={() => onDelete(}>
  return (

ProductList.proptypes = {
  onDelete: PropTypes.func.isRequired,
  products: PropTypes.array.isRequired,

export default ProductList;

Define Model#

After complete the UI, we will begin processing the data and logic.

dva manages domain model with model, with reducers for synchronous state update, effects for async logic, and subscriptions for data source subscribe.

Let's create a model models/products.js and typing:

import dva from 'dva';

export default {
  namespace: 'products',
  state: [],
  reducers: {
    'delete'(state, { payload: id }) {
      return state.filter(item => !== id);

In this model:

  • namespace represent the key on global state

  • state is the initial value, here is an empty array

  • reducers is equal to reducer in redux, accepting action, and update state synchronously

Then don't forget to require it in index.js:

// 3. Model
+ app.model(require('./models/products'));


So far, we have completed a separate model and component. Then how to connect these together?

dva provides a connect method. If you are familiar with redux, this connect is from react-router.

Edit routes/Products.js and replace with following:

import React from 'react';
import { connect } from 'dva';
import ProductList from '../components/ProductList';

const Products = ({ dispatch, products }) => {
  function handleDelete(id) {
      type: 'products/delete',
      payload: id,
  return (
      <h2>List of Products</h2>
      <ProductList onDelete={handleDelete} products={products} />

// export default Products;
export default connect(({ products }) => ({

Finally, we need some initial data to make the application run together. Edit index.js:

- const app = dva();
+ const app = dva({
+   initialState: {
+     products: [
+       { name: 'dva', id: 1 },
+       { name: 'antd', id: 2 },
+     ],
+   },
+ });

Refresh your browser, you should see the following result:


Now that we've written our application and verified that it works in development, it's time to get it ready to deploy to our users. To do so, run the following command:

$ npm run build

After a few seconds, the output should be as follows:

> @ build /private/tmp/myapp
> roadhog build

Creating an optimized production build...
Compiled successfully.

File sizes after gzip:

  82.98 KB  dist/index.js
  270 B     dist/index.css

The build command packages up all of the assets that make up your application —— JavaScript, templates, CSS, web fonts, images, and more. Then you can find these files in the dist / directory.

What's Next#

We have completed a simple application, but you may still have lots of questions, such as:

  • How to dealing with async logic

  • How to load initial data elegantly

  • How to handle onError globally and locally

  • How to load Routes and Models on demand

  • How to implement HMR

  • How to mock data

  • and so on...

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