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    A tool to create esbuild plugins with a bunch of binaries πŸ™‚.

    Why? Inspired from esbuild doc and this issue 515. To help using executables in esbuild plugins and also enable writting (parts of) esbuild plugins in other languages (which could be faster).


    1. Knowledge of how to write esbuild plugin (note: this is a tool to create esbuild plugins)
    2. Executables used in the plugin are installed on the machine


    This example recreates the plugin from https://esbuild.github.io/plugins/#resolve-callbacks

    import esbuild from 'esbuild';
    import { createPlugin, CallbackType } from 'esbuild-plugin-execute';
    let exampleOnResolvePlugin = createPlugin('example' [
        path: './resolveImage/main', // executable path
        type: CallbackType.OnResolve,
        filter: /^images\//,
        path: './resolveHttp/main', // executable path
        type: CallbackType.OnResolve,
        filter: /^https?:\/\//,
      entryPoints: ['app.js'],
      bundle: true,
      plugins: [exampleOnResolvePlugin],
      loader: { '.png': 'binary' },
    }).catch(() => process.exit(1))

    For example, the ./resolveHttp/main executabe above could be like this if written in Go:

    package main
    import (
    type Result struct {
      Path      string `json:"path"`
      External  bool `json:"external"`
    func main() {
      path := os.Args[1]
      data, _ := json.Marshal(resolveHttp(path))
      fmt.Println(string(data)) // print the json string to stdout
    func resolveHttp(path string) *Result {
      res := &Result{
        Path:      path,
        External:  true,
      return res

    For more detailed examples, look at code in test folder.

    Docs: createPlugin

    createPlugin: (name: string, callbacks: Callback[]): Plugin

    createPlugin takes in a plugin name and an array of callbacks:

    interface Callback {
      path: string; // path to the executable
      type: CallbackType; // one of CallbackType
      filter?: RegExp;  // https://esbuild.github.io/plugins/#filters
      namespace?: string; // https://esbuild.github.io/plugins/#namespaces
    enum CallbackType {

    Docs: executables

    1. Arguments

    Arguments are passed to your binary executable through command line.

    For CallbackType.OnResolve, the following args are passed to your executable:

    // https://esbuild.github.io/plugins/#resolve-arguments
    interface OnResolveArgs {
      path: string;
      importer: string;
      namespace: string;
      resolveDir: string;
      kind: ResolveKind;
      pluginData: any;
    type ResolveKind =
      | 'entry-point'
      | 'import-statement'
      | 'require-call'
      | 'dynamic-import'
      | 'require-resolve'
      | 'import-rule'
      | 'url-token'

    For CallbackType.OnLoad:

    // https://esbuild.github.io/plugins/#load-arguments
    interface OnLoadArgs {
      path: string;
      namespace: string;
      suffix: string;
      pluginData: any;

    For CallbackType.OnStart, no argument is passed to the executable.

    For CallbackType.OnEnd, no argument is passed to the executable, because BuildResult is not easy to be passed to executable as arguments. In future, I may add a few items in BuildResult.

    2. Returns

    Executables should print JSON string to stdout.

    For CallbackType.OnResolve:

    For CallbackType.OnLoad:

    For CallbackType.OnStart:

    For CallbackType.OnEnd, no return value.

    IMPT: OnResolveArgs.pluginData, OnResolveResult.pluginData, OnLoadArgs.pluginData, OnLoadResult.pluginData are can only be text/string data

    General design

    1. How to run go code

    Method 1: user provide the executable, goPlugin takes in a binary name and I just run it

    Method 2: user provide the go code, goPlugin takes in a go file path, I convert it to executable and run it

    I choose method 1, easier to use and fits more use cases

    2. Go file -> executable

    Method 1: I need to include an executable in my package (like what esbuild does), and use it to build the go code to produce an executable...

    Method 2: Ask user to install go on their machine first...

    I prefer method 1, easier for user to use.

    After some research, since user will have to compile go code, the best way may be ask user to install Go on their machines.

    3. User's code

    We pass args as cmd line args to executable provided by user.

    We get results from user's stdout.

    4. TypeScipt

    I should use typescript since esbuild API options and results have good types!

    5. Support esm and cjs

    Need to be able to be imported using both require or import


    1. Not so easy to use overall...
    2. Require user to parse args and make executables
    3. Cannot write initialization code in setup function


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