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    The Prebid Packager is a tool used for the management and building of multiple Prebid.js installs across multiple versions of Prebid.js. While it could be used for building an individual Prebid.js bundle, the real power comes from using the Packager's configuration files which allow you to describe packages to be built for multiple Prebid.js clients. The Packager can use these configuration files to generate Prebid.js .js bundles directly or to generate Prebid.js .json manifest files which can facilitate the creation of dynamic .js bundles as needed (dynamic meaning bundles that might switch between different modules or external code inclusions somewhat frequently).

    Configuration Files

    The Packager's configuration files are .json files that follow a schema similar to this:

      "pub2": {
        "version": "0.27.1",
        "packages": [
            "filename": "pub2-site1.js",
            "modules": [
            "code": [
            "filename": "pub2-site2.json",
            "code": {
              "adUnits": "./adUnits.js",
              "digitrust": ""
      "pub3": {
        "version": "1.0.0",
        "packages": [
            "filename": "pub3-site1.js",
            "modules": [
            "filename": "pub3-site2.json",
            "code": {
              "adUnits": "./adUnits2.js",
              "digitrust": ""

    Each of these top-level objects in a Packager configuration file are used for tracking a specific version of Prebid.js and a set of Prebid.js "packages" that you wish to have built, using that version, into either Prebid.js javascript bundles or Packager manifest files which can facilitate creating dynamic Prebid.js javascript bundles. The keys on these top-level objects are expected to be unique (e.g. "pub1", "pub2" etc).

    The version field for each top-level Packager object specifies which version of Prebid.js will be used for the enclosed packages. The only requirement of the version specified is that it be a valid version of Prebid.js that has support for Prebid.js modules: version >= 0.26.0.

    The packages array is where you define each of the Prebid.js javascript bundles or Packager manifest files that will be created when the Packager is run. Which type of file is built will depend on the filename extension supplied for the package. The type of file generated will dictate which values are allowed in the rest of the package object.

    Javascript .js bundle package

    If the filename supplied has a .js extension, then a Prebid.js browser bundle will be generated for this package.
    When generating a Prebid.js browser bundle you may optionally specify both a modules array and/or a code array.

    • modules: An array of module names specifying all the modules that will be included in this Prebid.js javascript bundle (e.g. modules: ['appnexusBidAdapter', 'rubiconBidAdapter', 'prebidServerBidAdapter']).
    • code: An array of paths to javascript code files that will be included inside the bundle. This can be either local paths to javascript .js files or URLs that specify a .js file to be downloaded and included in the bundle. Local .js files will be minified before being included in the bundle. Downloaded files are expected to be in a format suitable for usage (e.g. production should be pre-minified).

    Packager .json manifest package

    If the filename supplied has a .json extensions, then a Packager manifest file will be generated for this package along with the output of multiple .js files that the manifest will describe. A manifest file is not a Prebid.js browser bundle, but can be used to create one. When generating a manifest, the modules property is excluded as the manifest will generate a list that contains all the modules available for that version of Prebid.js.

    *code is an object that can be included when generating a Packager manifest file. Here you will list the location of various code files that you may want to include in your bundle that you will generate from a manifest file. The key of the code object will specify the key that the file will be known as in the generated Packager manifest, whereas the value will specify where to find the file that will be included. The file location can be either a local filesystem path or a remote URL that will be downloaded by the Packager.

    The manifest file contents will look similar to this:

      "main": "../prebid/0.27.1/prebid-core.js",
      "modules": {
        "aardvarkBidAdapter": "../prebid/0.27.1/aardvarkBidAdapter.js",
        "adbladeBidAdapter": "../prebid/0.27.1/adbladeBidAdapter.js",
        "adbundBidAdapter": "../prebid/0.27.1/adbundBidAdapter.js",
        "adbutlerBidAdapter": "../prebid/0.27.1/adbutlerBidAdapter.js",
        "adequantBidAdapter": "../prebid/0.27.1/adequantBidAdapter.js",
        "adformBidAdapter": "../prebid/0.27.1/adformBidAdapter.js",
        "adkernelBidAdapter": "../prebid/0.27.1/adkernelBidAdapter.js",
        "admediaBidAdapter": "../prebid/0.27.1/admediaBidAdapter.js",
        "admixerBidAdapter": "../prebid/0.27.1/admixerBidAdapter.js",
        "...": "..."
      "code": {
        "adUnits": "../code/34cb974.js",
        "digitrust": "../code/e775040.js"
      "postfix": "pbjs.processQueue();"

    The manifest file contains a description of how to find the various parts of a Prebid.js browser bundle by listing where those parts can be found on the local filesystem (relative to the manifest file).

    • main includes the location of the prebid-core.js file. This file includes all the core code for running Prebid.js.
    • modules will contain a list of every module available for the package (not all listed in this example for brevity's sake) and the location of where they can be found on the filesystem if you wish to include them.
    • code will contain a list of all the external code that was listed in the Packager configuration file for this package and its resultant location on the filesystem should you wish to include it.
    • postfix is a string of code that should be included at the end of a manually created bundle. This is the command that bootstraps the Prebid.js bundle when it is executed in the browser.

    Running the Packager

    The basic command to run the packager looks like this when run from the root of this repository.

    node package.js ./publisherFile.json ./publisherFile2.json ../publishers/**/*.json

    The package.js script requires one or more configuration files to be listed that will be loaded into the Packager. These file paths allow the inclusion of glob patterns for loading multiple files with one path definition. When these configuration files are loaded, the Packager will merge all their definitions into a single configuration object; this is why top-level configuration objects are required to specify a unique key, like pub1 when created.

    When this command is run it will result in a build/packages folder being generated in the project root that will contain the resulting packages from the combined configuration. The build folder will also contain all the scripts necessary to bundle any Packager manifests that are generated.

    (Note: even if no Packager manifest files are generated, all the script files needed to bundle a Prebid.js browser bundle will still be output to the build folder as the Packager uses a Packager manifest internally to build the browser bundle packages that are specified)

    [Optional] Packager manifest bundler

    The Packager includes a bundle script that can be used to generate a Prebid.js browser bundle from a .json manifest file. You can use this script by executing it and pointing it at a Packager manifest file that you wish to bundle into a Prebid.js browser bundle.

    node bundle.js ./build/packages/pub2-site2.json

    By default the bundle generated will be placed alongside the manifest file (in the example listed, inside the build/packages folder). An output filename can be specified if you wish to place the bundle somewhere else:

    node bundle.js ./build/packages/pub2-site2.json -o ./dist/bundle.js

    You may also specify which modules and code inclusions you would like in your bundle.

    node bundle.js ./build/packages/pub2-site2.json --modules=rubiconBidAdapter,appnexusBidAdapter --code=adUnits,digitrust


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