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D3 Webpack Loader

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Automatically bundle D3 v4 modules under a single d3 import with D3 Webpack Loader.

If you are using a subset of the modules provided by the default D3 build or are supplementing the default D3 build with additional modules, consider using D3 Webpack Loader to combine them under a single namespace. This lets you continue using D3 in your code in the familiar d3.___ format.

How do I use it?

After npm installing a number of d3 modules, you can access them via d3.___ in your code by importing d3 with the loader. For instance, if we have installed d3-array, we can do:

import d3 from 'd3!';
d3.sum([1, 2, 3, 4]); // === 10

Important! Don't forget to include the ! at the end of the import. That tells webpack to use the d3-webpack-loader. If you prefer to be more verbose about it, you can also write the import as:

import d3 from 'd3-webpack-loader!';


D3 Webpack Loader automatically figures out which D3 modules you have installed by scanning your module directories (e.g., node_modules) for packages that begin with d3- and combines them into a single object so you can access them under a single d3 namespace.

If you'd like to exclude certain packages that begin with d3-, you can specify that in your webpack config under d3Loader.exclude:

// webpack.config.js
module.exports = {
  d3Loader: {
    exclude: ['d3-dont-load-me', 'd3-i-mean-it']

How does it work?

It essentially does the equivalent of creating a local file that lists all your installed d3 modules and exports them as a single object. For instance, an equivalent manual set up would be if you had a local d3-combined.js:

// d3-combined.js
import * as array from 'd3-array';
import * as scale from 'd3-scale';
import * as selection from 'd3-selection';
export default Object.assign({},

And you used this in your code like:

import d3 from './d3-combined';
d3.sum([1, 2, 3, 4]) // === 10

Doing it manually means you need to update your d3-combined.js file every time you install a new D3 module. Instead, you can just use D3 Webpack Loader and import d3 from 'd3!' and have it work automatically.


Code is written in old school ES5. No fancy new JS features. I don't know why I did this and I regret it. At least it is pretty brief.


To run tests, you first need to install the test fixtures. Do this by running npm run test:install. Then you can run tests:

npm run test


To lint files, run:

npm run lint



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