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Naming Conventions / Directory Layout

build/  # compiled and concatenanted classes 
dist/  # compiled JS classes 
src/  #  ES6 and Handlebars templates 
style/  # LESS, SASS or, CSS 
resource/ # Copied as is to build directory 
lib-export.js # the entrypoint ala index.js 

Build Pipeline

  • All bower dependencies are downloaded and concatenated into build/dependencies.js and build/dependencies.css
  • ES6 files are compiled and concatenanted into build/app.js where 'app.js' is the mainFile in package.json (inferred from package's name by default)
  • CSS/LESS/SASS are compliled and concatened into build/app.css
  • In production mode all source is minified and source maps generated.

Handlebars Templates

A Handlebar template is any file ending in .hbs it is available in the TEMPLATES global without the extension.
A Handlebar partial is any file begining with _ and ending in .hbs and is automatically registered

Build steps:

  • export your NPM_TOKEN
  • Copy and rename the seed_package.json to package.json (only when bootstraping new projects)
  • Run npm install -g yarn@1.5.1 (higher versions will also work)
  • Run npm run setup to install and build all required dependencies

Dev lifecycle commands:

  • Run yarn --pure-lockfile to install dependencies of project's package.json if it's updated from upstream or if you update it
  • Run npm run update to install dependencies from build-tools to current dir
  • Run yarn upgrade --pure-lockfile @egis/build-tools && npm run update to upgrade build-tools version in client project to the latest one.
  • Run yarn add --dev my-package && npm run update to add/override a dependency in client project.
  • Run yarn add --dev my-package to add a dependency to build-tools.
  • Run yarn upgrade --pure-lockfile my-package && npm run update to upgrade a dependency in client project.
  • Run yarn upgrade my-package to upgrade a dependency in build-tools. Then upgrade build-tools version in client project to use it (see above).
  • Run npm run dev to build files suitable for wathcing and startup a watch server
  • Run npm run build to build a package suitable for production
  • Run npm run test to run karma test suites

Customizing builds using bower.json and package.json


All bower dependencies with main files are concatenanted together, this can be overriden in bower.json as follows:

           "bootstrap": {
               "main": [

To exclude certain large libraries from concatenantion list in exclude, the main files will be concated together and placed in build/

   "standalone"["handsontable", "codemirror"]

To exclude libraries that have already been packaged elsewhere:


To copy entire directories from dependencies:

    "fontawesome": "fonts/*",
    "bootstrap": "fonts/*"

To create a plugin package:


This will create a .zip instead of a .war and place all the compiled .js file in to a subdirectory System/plugins/{plugin}


For frontend development env our browsersync integration may be helpful. It:

  • injects CSS changes immediately
  • auto-reloads page in browsers if JS files are changed - including your mobile device's browser
  • supports running multiple modules in dev mode in parallel

In each build-tools project:

npm run dev

And then after 1 or more npm run dev servers are running:

npm run browsersync

If your files are being served from anything other then localhost e.g.

cd /path/to/EgisUI
npm run dev
# in another terminal window/tab 
cd /path/to/build-tools
npm run browsersync -- --proxied-host=

This also allows to run a library (EgisUI, eSign, etc) or Portal plugin locally in dev mode in context of remote host, e.g. UAT:

cd /path/to/MyPlugin
npm run dev
# in another terminal window/tab 
cd /path/to/build-tools
npm run browsersync -- --proxied-host=sandbox.some.com --proxied-port=80 --plugin=MyPlugin

Note the --plugin parameter above - you need to specify it by its directory name to make browsersync handle it. This is because we only want one plugin to work at any given time.

For SSL mode, just specify https protocol:

npm run browsersync -- --proxied-host=https://testbox.papertrail.co.za


  • URLs with default pages other than index.html, e.g. http://papertrail.lvh.me:3001/web/eSign/?3760 don't work, so you'll get "page not found" if you try to use Sign action. Specify http://papertrail.lvh.me:3001/web/eSign/sign.html?3760 manually then, that will work.

E2E tests

We use Webdriver.io with Mocha for e2e tests.

Results at CI

If the e2e tests are failing you can check their output for 'failing' substring to see which specs are failing. Also build artifacts can give a hint on it - the failing tests will usually have screenshot for 6 retries like here. Note that EgisUI runs its main dependencies' (Portal, eSign, etc) e2e specs at CI, to make sure the EgisUI changes doesn't break them. This can be seen in e2e tests output like here.

Running locally

The best way to run e2e tests locally is via Docker container for PT, see its installation steps here. This will make sure you have the same PT configuration as CI does. After installing and running docker container for PT start webdriver-manager:

npm install -g webdriver-manager # needed once
# in a separate terminal window/tab
webdriver-manager update # this is needed at first installation and later after browsers update their versions
webdriver-manager start

Then load project's e2e fixtures and update the container apps:

cd MY_EGIS_DIR/eSign # or EgisUI, etc
export PT_API="" # put your docker's host and port here
cd e2e && ./fixtures.sh && cd ..
docker cp eSign.war my-pt:/opt/Papertrail/webapps # correct war filename for different project
docker cp ../EgisUI/EgisUI.war my-pt:/opt/Papertrail/webapps # if you want to test the project with your latest EgisUI build

Run the tests:

# Put your docker's host and port here, spec file(s) mask and the spec name(s) substring.
npm run test:e2e -- --baseUrl="" --specFiles="./e2e/**/Guide*Spec.js" --mochaOpts.grep="too early" --maxBrowserInstances=1 --mochaOpts.retries=1 




npm i @artemv/build-tools

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