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An universal Front-End workflow for webapps

balm-core@3(v3) supports for node@10.13.0+, postcss@7, webpack@4


BalmJS prescribes best practices and tools to help you stay productive.

  • Naturally: Make web development simple, natural and pleasant.
  • Structure-Based: One configuration file can manage webapp projects with at least 90% use cases.
  • Learn Once, Run Any Webapps: Any front-end technology stack will be developed and built in the same way.


  • Based on gulp + webpack for webapp projects
  • Automagically compile PostCSS/Sass/Less
  • CSS Autoprefixing
  • Automagically generate CSS Image Sprites
  • enable ES2015+ features using Babel
  • Awesome images optimization
  • Built-in preview server with BrowserSync
  • Custom publish assets to remote (Front-end to Back-end) project
  • ZIP/FTP/PWA supported
  • Easily define and extend your own tasks


🚀 We recommend using Balm CLI to scaffold out a front-end web app.

├── .tmp         // Scaffolds out a temporary directory for development
├── dist         // Scaffolds out the production build
├─┬ src          // Source code in here (Create a directory in project)
│ ├── fonts
│ ├── images
│ ├── media
│ ├─┬ scripts
│ │ └── index.js // Required. A entry file for JS.
│ ├─┬ styles
│ │ └── main.css // Required. A entry file for CSS.
│ └── index.html // Required. A entry file for HTML.
├── .dotfile     // (e.g. .gitignore, .browserslistrc, etc...)
├── babel.config.js
├── balm.config.js // Required. A configuration file for Balm.
├── package.json   // Required.
└── ...


0. Requirements

You need to set up your development environment before you can do anything.

Install Node.js® and npm if they are not already on your machine.

Verify that you are running at least node 18.12.0 by running node -v in a terminal/console window. Older versions maybe produce errors, but newer versions are fine.

You develop apps in the context of an Balm workspace.

To create a new workspace and initial starter app:

mkdir -p my-project/src/{styles,scripts}
echo "Hello World" > my-project/src/index.html

cd my-project
npm init -y

1. Installing balm

yarn global add balm-core
yarn add -D balm


npm install -g balm-core
npm install -D balm

We currently recommend using Yarn instead of npm.

2. Configuration

In your project directory, create a file named balm.config.js in your project root with these contents:

module.exports = {
  // Your project config

📃 Refer to configuration docs to learn more about config balm.

3. Usage

Edit package.json in your project directory:

  "scripts": {
    "dev": "balm",
    "prod": "balm -p"

Run the command in your project directory:

# For development
npm run dev

# For production
npm run prod



To download example and try it, visit


Project Status Description
balm-core NPM version 🃏 BalmJS compiler core (required for balm 3.0+)
balm NPM version 🃏 BalmJS runtime core
balm-cli NPM version ♠️ BalmJS scaffolding tool
balm-gui N/A ♣️ GUI for BalmJS
balm-ui-lite NPM version ♥️ Material Design Lite + Vue
balm-ui NPM version ♦️ Next Generation Material UI for Vue.js
balm-scroll NPM version 📜 Smooth scrolling for Vue.js
balm-ui-pro NPM version More configuration definition, less code implementation for Vue.js
balm-git-flow NPM version The best practices for front-end git flow


We'd love for you to contribute and make BalmJS even better than it is today! Please make sure to read the Contributing Guide before making a pull request. You can submit any ideas as pull requests or as GitHub issues.



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