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Create Whisk Action

Create OpenWhisk actions with no build configuration.

Quick Overview

npx create-whisk-action my-action
cd my-action

Then open the my-action folder in your favourite code editor and build your action like normal.

When you’re ready to deploy to production, create a minified bundle with npm run build.

Get Started Immediately

You don’t need to install or configure tools like Webpack or Babel. They are preconfigured and hidden so that you can focus on the code.

Just create a project, and you’re good to go.

Creating an Action

You’ll need to have Node >= 6 on your local development machine (but it’s not required on the server). You can use nvm (macOS/Linux) or nvm-windows to easily switch Node versions between different projects.

To create a new action, run a the command:

npx create-whisk-action my-action

To create a web action, add the --web option.

npx create-whisk-action my-action --web

It will create a directory called my-action inside the current folder. Inside that directory, it will generate the initial project structure and install the transitive dependencies:

├── config
│   └── webpack.config.js
├── node_modules
├── src
│   └── index.js
├── package-lock.json
└── package.json

No configuration or complicated folder structures, just the files you need to build your action.

Once the installation is done, you can open your project folder:

cd my-action

Inside the newly created project, you can run some built-in commands:

npm run build

Builds a webpack bundle as the file dist/bundle.js which can be deployed as an action.

npm run deploy

Deploys the action to your OpenWhisk instance.


We'd love to have your helping hand on create-whisk-action! See for more information on what we're looking for and how to get started.


We are grateful to the authors of existing related projects for their ideas. This package owes it's inspiration to create-react-app.


Create Whisk Action is open source software licensed as Apache-2.0.

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