React Server Components in Next.js

Experimental app of React Server Components with Next.js, based on React Server Components Demo.
It’s not ready for adoption. Use this in your projects at your own risk.



You need these environment variables to run this app (you can create a .env file):

REDIS_URL='rediss://:<password>@<url>:<port>' // or `redis://` if no TLS
ENDPOINT='http://localhost:3000'              // need to be absolute url to run in prod/local
NEXT_PUBLIC_ENDPOINT='http://localhost:3000'  // same as above
SESSION_KEY='<random key for cookie-based session>'
OAUTH_CLIENT_KEY='github oauth app id'
OAUTH_CLIENT_SECRET='github oauth app secret'


  1. yarn install (this will trigger the postinstall command)
  2. yarn dev

Go to localhost:3000 to view the application.


Deploy with Vercel


  • Only .js extension is supported.
  • Client / server components should be under the components directory.
  • Some React Hooks are not supported in server components, such as useContext.
  • You have to manually import React in your server components.

How does it work?

Application APIs:

  • GET, POST /api/notes (Get all notes, Create a new note)
  • GET, PUT, DELETE /api/notes/<note_id> (Action for a specific note)

React Server Components API (pages/api/index.js):

  • GET /api (render application and return the serialized components)

Note: Some of the application APIs (POST, PUT, DELETE) will render and return the serialized components as well. The render logic is handled by libs/send-res.js.

libs/send-res.js accepts the props (from req.query.location and req.session.login) that needs to be rendered by components/App.server.js (the component tree entry). Then, it renders the tree and streams it to res using:

pipeToNodeWritable(React.createElement(App, props), res, moduleMap)

moduleMap is generated by client-side Webpack (through Next.js). It traverses both .server.js and .client.js and generates the full module map from the react-server-dom-webpack/plugin Webpack plugin (see next.config.js).
Then, we use a custom plugin to copy it to libs/react-client-manifest.json and include it from the lambdas (see libs/send-res-with-module-map.js).

App is a special build of components/App.server.js, which removes all the client components (marked as special modules) because they’re not accessible from the server. We bundled it together with libs/send-res.js with another Webpack loader into libs/ The Webpack script and loader are under scripts/. It should run whenever a server component is updated.

Finally, everything related to OAuth is inside pages/api/auth.js. It’s a cookie-based session using GitHub for login.