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    🗼 Spire

    Extensible JavaScript toolbox management.


    Problem: Maintaining tools and configurations for linting, testing and building your code is hard. The more projects you have, the more time it takes to keep your setup consistent and up-to-date.

    Solution: Spire is a pluggable CLI tool which allows you to abstract all of your tools and configurations into reusable plugins and presets. Think of it as “babel for infrastructure”.

    Quick Start

    1. Install spire:
    # yarn
    yarn add --dev spire
    # npm
    npm install --save-dev spire
    1. Start using in your project:
    # npx
    npx spire --help
    # yarn
    yarn spire --help
    1. Depending on your tech stack, you can start using Spire as zero-config tool. See spire-config-default for a list of default tools and configuration section for how to customise it.


    Spire is based on config presets, which is the same concept for tools like Babel and ESLint. Configs are a set of predefined plugins and their options. Configs can also extend a chain of other configs. By default, Spire is shipped with spire-config-default.

    Using a Custom Preset

    To use your preferred configuration, install it as dev dependency and reference it by module name in extends property. To extend multiple configs, provide it as an array. You can also use individual plugins along with configs with plugins property.

    via package.json#spire (recommended)
      "name": "acme-project",
      "devDependencies": {
        "spire": "^3.0.0",
        "spire-config-acme": "^1.0.0"
      "spire": {
        "extends": "spire-config-acme"
    via spire.config.js
    module.exports = {
      extends: 'spire-config-acme',
    via .spirerc
      "extends": "spire-config-acme",

    Using a Local Preset

    Note: It is recommended to enable Local Presets only for development.

    You can reference a Local Preset or plugin using <rootDir> placeholder which points to the current project directory:

      "spire": {
        "extends": "<rootDir>/spire-config.js",
        "plugins": ["<rootDir>/spire-plugin.js"]

    Passing Options

    If the config preset or plugin you're using supports customisation, you can pass options to it:

      "spire": {
        "extends": [["spire-config-acme", { "fictional": false }]],
        "plugins": [["spire-plugin-acme", { "company": true }]]


    Writing a Config

    A Config is a module which exports a function returning an object.


    module.exports = (spire, options) => {
      return {
        extends: ['spire-config-first', 'spire-config-second'],
        plugins: ['spire-plugin'],

    You can dynamically change the behaviour of your preset based on options or spire APIs, but it's recommended to keep it explicit. Check spire-config-default for a reference.

    Writing a Plugin

    A Plugin is a key component of Spire. After it resolves the config, Spire accumulates all plugins in chronological order and runs them. A Plugin is a function returning an object:

    Note: It is recommended to keep plugins scoped to a single feature or tool.

    • plugin <function(Object, Object)>
    • returns: <Object>
      • name <string> Name of the plugin (recommended).
      • command <string> Optional name of command. Leaving it empty will ignore run hook completly.
      • description <string> Optional human-readable command description.
      • preinstall <function(Context): Promise> Executed before yarn install or npm install
      • postinstall <function(Context): Promise> Executed after yarn install or npm install.
      • postmerge <function(Context): Promise> Executed on git pull.
      • precommit <function(Context): Promise> Executed on git commit.
      • setup <function(Context): Promise> Executed before run hook. Use it to prepare arguments or config for your tools. If it fails, Spire stops futher hooks from being executed.
      • run <function(Context): Promise> Executed as the main logic of the plugin. Use this hook to run the CLI tool or process long-running task.
      • teardown <function(Context): Promise> Executed after run hook, even if it has failed. Use this hook to cleanup locally or to collect some stats.
      • preuninstall <function(Context): Promise> Executed before yarn uninstall or npm uninstall. Run it to cleanup external data.


    module.exports = (spire, options) => {
      return {
        name: 'my-awesome-tool',
        command: 'my-tool',
        description: 'run my awesome tool',
        async run({ logger }) {
          logger.log('Hi from my awesome tool!');

    Check spire-plugin-clean, spire-plugin-doctoc and spire-plugin-eslint for more plugin examples.

    Migrating to Spire

    Identify your tools: To get started, gather a list of shared tools in your existing projects. This will help to identify which plugins you'll need.

    Pick preset or plugin: Check if there's already a default or community plugin for that. Search for spire-plugin-* on npm for individual tools and spire-config-* for specific ecosystems and tech stacks. In case if there's no suitable option for your, check on how to write a custom plugin.

    Make your own preset: If you find that an existing or default preset works for you, skip this step. If not, create a new module with a name matching spire-config-*. It can be specific for your personal projects, your company or a tech stack. Check writing a config for instructions on how to do this.

    Migrate your projects: Once you've got a preset ready, go through your projects and setup Spire with it. Make sure to delete the dependencies it replaces. At this point you're done!

    Using without Git

    You do not need to have git installed to run spire itself. Be aware though that certain plugins might need to have git installed to work. For example the semantic-release and lerna-release plugin obviously need git because they create tags and commits.

    Using in monorepos

    It is recommended to install Spire on the root level of a monorepo and run all commands from there. The main motivation behind this is performance and consistency reasons. You can still though run commands in an indivudual package. Below is an example of how to run spire lint in a specific monorepo package:

    • With yarn workspaces:
      yarn workspace <pkg-name> spire lint
    • With lerna:
      npx lerna --scope <pkg-name> exec spire lint



    Each plugin can extend a list of available commands and their options. The list below only includes basic commands.

    • npx spire --help Prints the list of available commands.
    • npx spire --version Prints the current version of Spire.
    • npx spire <cmd> Runs a specific command defined by plugins.
    • npx spire --debug <cmd> Outputs additional debug information.
    • (hidden) npx spire hook <name> Runs specific git or npm plugin hooks. Available hooks are postinstall, preuninstall, precommit and postmerge. Use this to test or debug your plugins.


    Spire is an object which is passed as the first argument to both configs and plugins.


    Context is an object which is passed as the first argument to plugin hooks. It's designed to be read-only. If you want to pass some data futher, consider using spire.setState instead.

    • context
      • argv <Array<string>> Array of arguments Spire was called with. Defaults to process.argv.slice(2).
      • cli <Object> Instance of yargs for adding custom commands.
      • cwd <string> Directory Spire is executed in. Defaults to process.cwd().
      • env <Object> Set of environment variables. Defaults to process.env.
      • logger <Object> Instance of Signale. Use logger.debug() to print debug info which is only shown with --debug flag.
      • config <Object> Parsed and normalised config.
      • options <Object> Parsed yargs options. Available only after setup hook.


    This project is inspired by the great work of JavaScript open source community (without particular order):


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