3.1.0 • Public • Published

Stimulus Controller Resolver

If you have a lot of Stimulus Controllers that import other modules, the size can really start to add up. (I have some Controllers that mount Svelte components!) Wouldn't it be great if you could lazy load some of your Controllers?

This package allows you to supply a custom (async!) resolver function for your controllers. It is supposed to provide an alternative to putting all your controllers into your main bundle.


npm i stimulus-controller-resolver


To load all your Controllers lazily:

import { Application } from '@hotwired/stimulus'
import StimulusControllerResolver from 'stimulus-controller-resolver'

const application = Application.start()

StimulusControllerResolver.install(application, async controllerName => (
  (await import(`./controllers/${controllerName}-controller.js`)).default

Depending on your configuration, your bundler should then split out all the files in the controllers-folder into seperate chunks.

If you want to preload some controllers but still load all the other ones lazily, you can use the good old application.register:

import ImportantController from './controllers/important-controller.js'
import CrucialController from './controllers/crucial-controller.js'

application.register('important-controller', ImportantController)
application.register('crucial-controller', CrucialController)

StimulusControllerResolver.install(application, async controllerName => (
  (await import(`./controllers/${controllerName}-controller.js`)).default

With Vite Glob Import

If you're using Vite, you can make use of Vite's Glob Import. This package exports an additional function called createViteGlobResolver that handles this for you. Pass it one or more globs:

import { Application } from "@hotwired/stimulus"
import StimulusControllerResolver, { createViteGlobResolver } from 'stimulus-controller-resolver'

const application = Application.start()

StimulusControllerResolver.install(application, createViteGlobResolver(

The filenames will be transformed according to the Stimulus Identifier Rules, starting from the controllers or components folders:

Path Stimulus Identifier
../controllers/stickiness-controller.js stickiness
../../components/deep_dir/slider-controller.js deep-dir--slider

If process.env.NODE_ENV === 'development', it also prints a helpful message if you request a controller that is not available:

Stimulus Controller Resolver can't resolve "missing". Available: ['this-one', 'and-this-one']

💡 If you need more flexibility, you can of course always implement your own custom resolver function, as described above.


StimulusControllerResolver.install(application, resolverFn)
  • application: This is your instance of Stimulus.Application.
  • resolverFn(controllerName): Controller: A function that receives the name of the controller (that's the part you write in data-controller="this-is-the-name") and returns the Controller class you want to use for this controllerName. This will only be called the first time each controllerName is encountered.

install() returns an instance of StimulusControllerResolver, on which you can call:

instance.stop() // to stop getting new controller definitions

// and

instance.start() // to start again

install() will automatically call start(), so most of the time you shouldn't have to do anything.


DownloadsWeekly Downloads






Unpacked Size

9.27 kB

Total Files


Last publish


  • danieldiekmeier