How to use CloudFront with a React frontend application on Qovery

Setting up AWS CloudFront for frontend apps on Qovery

If you'd like to use Cloudflare instead of CloudFront as your CDN, check out this article.

Frontend apps primarily consist of static content which goes unchanged. Web pages that contain static assets are essentially prebuilt, which makes it efficiently quicker to grab and render content. Their static nature makes them a perfect use case for CDNs and caching systems on edge servers is as it boosts the web page performance and user experience with the system.


For our frontend stack, we'll use a React app that is served as static files using Nginx.

Frontend Application

To bootstrap the application skeleton, we use create-react-app:

npx create-react-app my-app

Then, we add a Dockerfile to configure how to build the application image:

FROM node:14-alpine AS builder
ENV NODE_ENV production
# Add a work directory
# Cache and Install dependencies
COPY package.json .
COPY yarn.lock .
RUN yarn install --production
# Copy app files
COPY . .
# Build the app
RUN yarn build
# Bundle static assets with nginx
FROM nginx:1.21.0-alpine as production
ENV NODE_ENV production
# Copy built assets from builder
COPY --from=builder /app/build /usr/share/nginx/html
# Add your nginx.conf
COPY nginx.conf /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf
# Expose port
# Start nginx
CMD ["nginx", "-g", "daemon off;"]

The last step - let's configure our Nginx server by adding a nginx.conf file with the following content:

server {
listen 80;
location / {
root /usr/share/nginx/html/;
include /etc/nginx/mime.types;
try_files $uri $uri/ /index.html;


Now, to deploy the app, create a new application on Qovery with the following configuration:

  • Port - 80
  • Build Mode - Docker
  • Keep other options in default settings

After the app is created and configured as above, you can safely run the app deployment. After a few minutes when the app is running, click on the Open button:



To set up CloudFront as a CDN, first, navigate to CloudFront service in AWS console and click on the new distribution button:


In settings, choose an origin (URL to your frontend app hosted on Qovery):


You can also tweak other settings or leave them in their defaults:


Additionally, you can assign an alternate domain to your application in Alternate domain name:


Adding an alternate domain requires it having a certificate - click on the Request certificate button, type your alternate domain name and use DNS for validation method:


Request the certificate. In the end, you will see a screen with settings you need to set up in your domain name provider:


Copy them and save them in your DNS provider settings:


After it's done, you should be granted a certificate - go back to CloudFront Distribution settings, and pick the certificate for your alternate domain name from the list:


In the end, you should end up with a CloudFront set up with your app on Qovery and using an alternate domain name. Now it's time for you to tweak the CloudFront settings to meet your needs.