React.js + Laravel API CRUD: Step-by-Step Practical Example

React.js is one of the most popular front-end frameworks, but it lacks examples of how to integrate it with Laravel API. So, in this long article, I will show you how to do it in details, step-by-step.


Install Laravel and Laravel Breeze

We start from the very beginning, by installing a fresh Laravel project, and a Laravel Breeze starter kit:

laravel new project
cd project
// editing .env file here
composer install
php artisan migrate
composer require laravel/breeze
php artisan breeze:install

By this point, we should have a default Laravel Breeze with Tailwind CSS design, and Login/Register functionality:

breeze register


Creating Model and API CRUD

We will manage one table called Companies, with four text fields: name, email, address, website.

So, we create the model, and automatically create migrations with -m:

php artisan make:model Company -m

This is the DB structure: database/migrations/xxxxx_create_companies_table.php:

return new class extends Migration
{
    public function up()
    {
        Schema::create('companies', function (Blueprint $table) {
            $table->id();
            $table->string('name');
            $table->string('email');
            $table->string('address')->nullable();
            $table->string('website')->nullable();
            $table->timestamps();
        });
    }

    public function down()
    {
        Schema::dropIfExists('companies');
    }
};

Then, of course, we run...

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