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A webpack loader for doing generic block-processing. You provide the delimiters and processor, block-loader will find your data and pass it through your processor.


npm install block-loader

Write your own block loader

var blockLoader = require('block-loader');
var options = {
  start: '...',
  end: '...',
  preprocessors: [
    function(content) { ...; return content; },
  process: function(content) {
    return content;
module.exports = blockLoader(options);

start and end are delimiter strings for you data block, preprocessors is optional and takes an array of function(content).

Example: write real code in "pre" elements

Say you need to write real programming code in <pre> elements, and you want to just write code, not hand-craft every html entity for less than or ampersand symbols just so your Webpack/React build won't bread on them.

Let's just write a quick and easy loader that'll fix those things for us:

var blockLoader = require("./block-loader");
var options = {
  start: "<pre>",
  end: "</pre>",
  process: function fixPreBlocks(pre) {
    var replaced = pre
    .replace(options.start,'')   // first, remove the start/end delimiters, then:
    .replace(options.end,'')     //
    .replace(/&/g,'&amp;')       // 1. use html entity equivalent,
    .replace(/</g,'&lt;')        // 2. use html entity equivalent,
    .replace(/>/g,'&gt;')        // 3. use html entity equivalent,
    .replace(/([{}])/g,"{'$1'}") // 4. JSX-safify curly braces,
    .replace(/\n/g,"{'\\n'}");   // 5. and preserve line endings, thanks.
    // done! return with the delimiters put back in place
    return options.start + replaced + options.end
module.exports = blockLoader(options);

And done. Save this as something like ./lib/pre-loader.js and then we can use this with webpack by adding it to webpack.config.js:

module.exports = {
  entry:  ...,
  output: ...,
  module: {
    loaders: [
        test: /.jsx?$/,
        loaders: [
          __dirname + '/lib/pre-loader'

Remember that webpack loaders run LIFO, so the ones that need to kick in first need to be declared last in the array of loaders.