Rails 6 + React hot reload

Following some simple guilde how to add react hot reloading in rails 6 app did not work for me and resulted with following error in the console

Warning: Functions are not valid as a React child. This may happen if you return a Component instead of from render. Or maybe you meant to call this function rather than return it.

It turned out it missed two small details. First was incorrect import 'react-hot-loader instead of 'react-hot-loader/root and missing hmr: true in webpacker.yml. However lets cover all the steps from the beggining.

Enabling React hot reload

Install and configure react hot loader

Install react-hot-loader:

yarn add react-hot-loader

Configure this plugin in babel.config.js:

plugins: [

Enable hmr in webpacker.yml:

  hmr: true

Modify your root component

First import hot loader:

import { hot } from 'react-hot-loader/root'

It is important that it’s imported before React Then change the way the component is exported:

export default hot(App)

Whole component should look like this:

import { hot } from 'react-hot-loader/root'
import React from 'react'

const App = () => {
  return <div>Hello World!</div>

export default hot(App)

Running the app

Now besides running rails s run also ./bin/webpack-dev-server in separate terminal.


Written by Michał Łoński on 24 December 2020