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modify-code CI

Modify JavaScript code, generate source map for the modification. Inspired by magic-string.

Different from magic-string which either generates source map in resolution of line or char, modify-code generates source map in resolution of token (tokenized by a patched js-tokens). The other difference is that modify-code has less features, for simplicity, it doesn't allow multiple mutations to touch same token.


Following code example showed all methods.

  1. The mutation APIs always use index numbers on original code string.
  2. You don't need to apply updated index number in second mutation due to the code change done by first mutation.
  3. All mutation calls are kind of independent, you can reorder the mutations, the final result would not change. Except multiple prepend() (or append(), or insert() on same location), the order matters for the insertions to same index.
  4. Simpler than magic-string, modify-code doesn't allow multiple mutations to touch same token.
  5. Calls can be chained together. const result = modifyCode(...).replace(...).prepend(...).transform().
// ESNext / TypeScript
import modifyCode from 'modify-code';
// CommonJS
// const modifyCode = require('modify-code').default;

// if optional-file-name is not provided, the default file name is "file.js"
const m = modifyCode('var a = require("a");\ = a;\n', 'optional-file-name.js');
// modify dependency "a" into "mock-a"
m.replace(17, 18, 'mock-a');
// modify exported name "foo" to "bar"
m.replace(30, 33, 'bar');
// remove line breaks
m.delete(21, 22);
m.delete(38, 39);
// insert a statement after first line
m.insert(22, "a = '#' + a;");
// prepend some content at the beginning, it's a short-cut of insert(0, ...);
m.prepend('/* modified */\n');
// append some content at the end, it's a short-cut of insert(code.length, ...);
m.append('/* end of modified */\n');

// generate code and sourcemap
const result = m.transform();
// result is
  code: '/* modified */\nvar a = require("mock-a");a = \'#\' + a; = a;/* end of modified */\n',
  map: {
    version: 3,
    sources: [ 'optional-file-name.js' ],
    names: [],
    file: 'optional-file-name.js',
    sourcesContent: [ 'var a = require("a");\ = a;\n' ]

// generate code only without sourcemap
const code = m.transformCodeOnly();
// code is
'/* modified */\nvar a = require("mock-a");a = \'#\' + a; = a;/* end of modified */\n'

JSX and TypeScript

modify-code can tokenize both JSX and TypeScript, actually can even tokenize invalid code or unknown syntax. This is a gift from js-tokens.

Join existing source map

If the code modification is one of the stages of code transpiling, you might want to apply this source map on top of an existing source map.

modify-code does not support existing source map. But you can use npm package source-map to easily apply source map on an existing source map, an example can be found here:



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