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HTML to Slate AST converter for the Hygraph's RichTextAST format.

⚠️ This converter outputs the custom flavour of Slate AST that is used at Hygraph, and will most likely not produce an output compatible with your own Slate implementation. But feel free to fork it and adapt it to your needs.

⚡ Usage

Note: If you're using this package with Node.js, you'll need to use version 18 or higher.

1. Install

This package needs to have the packages slate and slate-hyperscript installed, and jsdom as well if you need to run the converter in Node.js.

npm install slate@0.66.1 slate-hyperscript@0.67.0 @graphcms/html-to-slate-ast

# for Node.js or isomorphic usage, jsdom is required
npm install jsdom

2. Convert your data

If you are using Node.js, you will need to use the htmlToSlateAST function, which returns a Promise. If you are using this package in the browser, you can use the htmlToSlateASTSync function, which is synchronous and doesn't require jsdom.

import { htmlToSlateAST } from '@graphcms/html-to-slate-ast';
// Or if you are using this package in the browser
import { htmlToSlateASTSync } from '@graphcms/html-to-slate-ast';

async function main() {
  const htmlString = '<div><p>test</p></div>'; // or import from a file or database
  const ast = await htmlToSlateAST(htmlString);
  console.log(JSON.stringify(ast, null, 2));

  .then(() => process.exit(0))
  .catch(e => console.error(e));

3. Use it in your Content API mutations

The output of this converstion is compatible with our RichTextAST GraphQL type and can be used to import content in your Rich Text fields. Here's a mutation example:

mutation newArticle($title: String!, $content: RichTextAST) {
  createArticle(data: { title: $title, content: $content }) {
    content {

The output generated by htmlToSlateAST will represent the children array of the Slate editor object. However, when creating or updating the value of a Rich text field, you are setting the value of the editor node itself. This means that the output should be transformed into a Rich text compatible object, for example:

const data = await client.request(newArticleQuery, {
  title: 'Example title for an article',
  content: { children: ast },

Here, in terms of Slate, $content is the editor node, so the $ast array must be assigned to the children key in that object. If you don't assign it to the children key, the mutation will fail with the following error.

ClientError: could not transform richText: Values should be an array of objects containing raw rich text values.

You can see the full example using graphql-request to mutate the data into Hygraph here.

See the docs about the Rich Text field type and Content Api mutations.

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Licensed under the MIT License.

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