React throws the error, target container is not a dom element, when we include the build script before the root element. The solution is to always include the build scripts before body closing tag </body>.

Suppose the html structure of index.html is –

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width,initial-scale=1" />
    <meta name="theme-color" content="#000000" />
    <link rel="manifest" href="/manifest.json" />
    <title>Error Template</title>
    <link href="/static/css/2.10306419.chunk.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="/static/css/main.1b589238.chunk.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <script src="/static/js/2.537e346a.chunk.js"></script>
    <script src="/static/js/main.119c9f53.chunk.js"></script>
  </head>
  <body>
    <noscript>You need to enable JavaScript to run this app.</noscript>
    <div id="root"></div>
  </body>
</html>

This file will create target container is not a dom element error because our scripts are loaded before out root element.

The correct way is –

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width,initial-scale=1" />
    <meta name="theme-color" content="#000000" />
    <link rel="manifest" href="/manifest.json" />
    <title>Error Template</title>
    <link href="/static/css/2.10306419.chunk.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="/static/css/main.1b589238.chunk.css" rel="stylesheet" />
  </head>
  <body>
    <noscript>You need to enable JavaScript to run this app.</noscript>
    <div id="root"></div>
    <script src="/static/js/2.537e346a.chunk.js"></script>
    <script src="/static/js/main.119c9f53.chunk.js"></script>
  </body>
</html>

Now you can use it in your App.js or index.js files –

ReactDOM.render(
  <MyComponent />,
  document.getElementById("root")
);

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