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Assets are files from a npm package which can be needed at some point by a web application. It can be a stylesheet, a SVG icon, a js script, a json file, etc...

At Talend our web applications may rely on a CDN to load libraries like lodash, d3 but also @talend/design-system using UMD distribution format. An application rely on a CDN depending of the execution context; We are following 12 factors principals. So the same code base must work in both case so an asset url may change from /cdn/my-package/1.2.3/dist/my-assets.svg to https://mycdn.talend.com/my-package/1.2.3/dist/my-assets.svg.

This is made possible using custom configuration of @talend/dynamic-cdn-webpack-plugin. Now we also need to be able to load translations, icons and more assets from the code.

This package exposes a simple and friendly API to let developers access assets without the complexity of computing URL depending on the context (CDN or not).

Learn with examples

First you need to ensure you have setup the babel plugin or you use @talend/scripts-core to build your lib / project.

Then we can start with this global example:

import assetsAPI from '@talend/assets-api';

// The lowest level API is the ability to get the URL of anything. Here, a CSS file.
const href = assetsApi.getURL('/dist/styles/ag-grid.css', 'ag-grid-community');
// babel will add all missing arguments and at runtime you will have
// -> 'https://unpkg.com/ag-grid-community@25.0.0/dist/styles/ag-grid.css';

// Higher level APIs enable users to get a JSON file for locales, timezones, etc...
async function getTopology(file) {
	const locales = await assetsAPI.getJSON(

// We can also lazy load a component from a UMD.
// This one is a bit more complex. You have to know that React.lazy wants a default esModule from a Promise. This is what getUMD + toDefaultModule give you.
const AgGridReact = React.lazy(() =>
		.then(() => assetsApi.getUMD('ag-grid-react'))
		.then(mod => assetsApi.toDefaultModule(mod.AgGridReact))

// Finally, this is how we load styles from a lazy loaded component.
export default function DataGrid(props) {
	useEffect(() => {
		const href = assetsApi.getURL('/dist/styles/ag-grid.css', 'ag-grid-community');
		assetsApi.addStyle({ href });
	}, []);
	return <React.Suspense fallback={}>AgGridReact</React.Suspense>


  • devs do not have to write the version: it is injected at build time thanks to babel plugin
  • the assets' version is implicitly specified by the consumer webapp (talend-scripts adds global data that is then read by the API at runtime)
  • the inject.js script will be able to control this version (it should update meta value)
  • sessionStorage is used to let anyone override a version locally
  • the API is compatible with React.Suspense / lazy React APIs
  • for UMDs, the path is computed form module-to-cdn and injected at build time thanks to the babel plugin
  • for relative paths in a package, the name of the package is optional

How to configure the CDN to use ?

The assets API uses a global function to compute the URL: window.Talend.getCDNUrl(). By default the package will add it for you. This version will use a global CDN_URL with the following shape:


but fallbacks to unpkg.com public CDN if no CDN_URL is provided.



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