React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. Create React App is a comfortable environment for learning React, and is the best way to start building a new single-page application in React.

This guide assumes you are using create-react-app to build your single-page react application.

Method 1: Use craco

Custom PostCSS plugins (including PurgeCSS) can be added to Create React App apps using cracoopen in new window. Follow the craco installation instructionsopen in new window, then install the PurgeCSS PostCSS plugin and add it to the craco config:

npm i --save-dev @fullhuman/postcss-purgecss
// craco.config.js
const purgecss = require('@fullhuman/postcss-purgecss');

module.exports = {
  style: {
    postcss: {
      plugins: [
          content: ['./src/**/*.html', './src/**/*.tsx', './src/**/*.ts'],

Method 2: Run PurgeCSS CLI in postbuild

Add the following code in package.json

"scripts": {
  "postbuild": "purgecss --css build/static/css/*.css --content build/index.html build/static/js/*.js --output build/static/css"

Method 3: eject create-react-app

You need to ejectopen in new window in order to expose the webpack configuration offered by original create-react-app

Install the webpack plugin for PurgeCSS:

npm i --save-dev glob-all purgecss-webpack-plugin

Now, modify the file config/ by adding the following code with the rest of the imports:

// import PurgeCSS webpack plugin and glob-all
const PurgecssPlugin = require('purgecss-webpack-plugin')
const glob = require('glob-all')

...and directly before new ManifestPlugin(...) in the plugins list, add this:

    // Remove unused css with PurgeCSS. See
    // for more information about PurgeCSS.
    // Specify the path of the html files and source files
    new PurgecssPlugin({
      paths: [paths.appHtml, ...glob.sync(`${paths.appSrc}/**/*`, { nodir: true })]