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Better babel transforms for decorators.


A transform like @babel/plugin-proposal-decorators is still often necessary because it took Decorators a long time to move through the TC39 standardization process. But we can implement the same functionality in a much simpler way now that we can rely on the presence of features like class static block, private fields, and WeakMap. This results in significantly smaller code and avoids the need to transpile other class features.


This is new and not yet heavily tested. As far as I can tell, it does implement the complete API surface of ['@babel/plugin-proposal-decorators', { legacy: true }], please try it and report bugs.

Browser Support

Under our default settings, browsers will need to support

  • private fields
  • static blocks
  • WeakMap

If you use the runEarly: true option (see below) in conjunction with an appropriately-configured @babel/preset-env, browsers will only need to support

  • WeakMap



The runtime option controls how the emitted code will find the (small) runtime helper module. You can set it to:

  • "globals" (default), which means the helpers must be installed in a global variable. You can install them by adding import "decorator-transform/globals" at the very beginning of your app.
  • { import: "some-module-path" }, which means the helpers will be imported as needed from the module path you specify. The module path "decorator-transforms/runtime" is available within this package for this purpose, but keep in mind that it might not always work if you're transpiling third-party dependencies that cannot necessarily resolve your app's dependencies. In that case you might want to require.resolve it to an absolute path instead.

Example Config:

  plugins: [
        runtime: {
          import: require.resolve("decorator-transforms/runtime"),


By default, decorator-transforms runs like any normal babel plugin. This works fine when you're targeting any browsers that natively support private fields and static blocks.

But if you try to transpile away private fields or static blocks, the fairly aggressive timing of those transforms in @babel/preset-env means that they will run first and

  1. Incorrectly tell you to install @babel/plugin-transform-decorators (which you don't need because you have decorator-transforms).
  2. Fail to transpile-away the private fields and static blocks emitted by decorator-transforms.

The solution to both problems is setting runEarly: true on decorator-transforms. This setting is not the default because it does incur the cost of an extra traversal in babel's pre phase.

Trying this in an Ember App

  1. Install the decorator-transforms package.

  2. In ember-cli-build.js:

    new EmberApp(defaults, {
      'ember-cli-babel': {
         // turn off the old transform
         // (for this to work when using Embroider you need
         disableDecoratorTransforms: true,
       babel: {
         plugins: [
           // add the new transform.
  3. At the beginning of app.js, install the global runtime helpers:

    import "decorator-transforms/globals";

    In classic builds, "globals" is the only runtime setting that works because ember-auto-import cannot see the output of this babel transform.

    In Embroider (post, you can use runtime: require.resolve("decorator-transforms/runtime") and then you don't need to manually install the globals.




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