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  • You can build React app and serve its static files with Nginx
  • You can use docker-compose to manage Nginx and Django. What is more, you can build React static files during docker build.

Here is my article: Docker-Compose for Django and React with Nginx reverse-proxy and Let's encrypt certificate.

Below my Nginx configuration:

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name _;
    server_tokens off;
    client_max_body_size 20M;

    location / {
        root   /usr/share/nginx/html;
        index  index.html index.htm;
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.html;

    location /api {
        try_files $uri @proxy_api;
    location /admin {
        try_files $uri @proxy_api;

    location @proxy_api {
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto https;
        proxy_set_header X-Url-Scheme $scheme;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_redirect off;
        proxy_pass   http://backend:8000;

    location /django_static/ {
        autoindex on;
        alias /app/backend/server/django_static/;

Nginx dockerfile:

# The first stage
# Build React static files
FROM node:13.12.0-alpine as build

WORKDIR /app/frontend
COPY ./frontend/package.json ./
COPY ./frontend/package-lock.json ./
RUN npm ci --silent
COPY ./frontend/ ./
RUN npm run build

# The second stage
# Copy React static files and start nginx
FROM nginx:stable-alpine
COPY --from=build /app/frontend/build /usr/share/nginx/html
CMD ["nginx", "-g", "daemon off;"]

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