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    UI5 Tooling Extensions for NPM Package Consumption

    DISCLAIMER: This is a community project and there is no official support for this package! Also the functionality may stop working at any time in future with newer versions of the UI5 tooling!

    The UI5 tooling extensions include a custom middleware and a custom task which allow to use NPM package names for AMD-like dependencies, e.g.:

    # Install a dev dependency to Chart.js (
    npm install chart.js
    // use Chart.js as a AMD-like dependency
    ], function(chartjs) {

    Once the UI5 application is finally built, the Chart.js dependency will be copied into the dist/resources folder with the proper namespace. In case of Chart.js above, there is no namespace and thus the location will be dist/resources/chart.js.js.


    npm install ui5-tooling-modules --save-dev

    Configuration options (in $yourapp/ui5.yaml)

    • verbose: boolean
      Enables verbose logging (defaults to false)  

    • prependPathMappings: boolean
      Prepends the path mappings for the UI5 loader to the Component.js which allows to run the Component using 3rd party modules in e.g. Fiori launchpad environments (defaults to false)  

    • addToNamespace: boolean Puts 3rd party modules into the namespace of the Component to make them Component-local. All used 3rd party modules will be moved into the sub-namespace thirdparty of the Component namespace at build time. With that option you can run your application using 3rd party modules in a Fiori launchpad environment. (defaults to false, disables prependPathMappings when set to true)  

      ⚠️ While this works great for any non-UI5 3rd party module, there are limitations for the consumption of UI5 modules from custom control 3rd party modules (NPM packages). The UI5 module names (used for Object.extend(...), aggregation types, ...) are not rewritten and this may cause issues. UI5 assumes that the used module path (slash syntax) is matching the module name (dot syntax). This can lead to issues for Object.isA(...) checks, Renderer lookups (when not inlined or referenced by module), or for any other API which derives the module name from the module path or vice versa.


    1. Define the dependency in $yourapp/package.json:
    "devDependencies": {
        // ...
        "ui5-tooling-modules": "*"
        // ...
    "ui5": {
      "dependencies": [
        // ...
        // ...

    As the devDependencies are not recognized by the UI5 tooling, they need to be listed in the ui5 > dependencies array. In addition, once using the ui5 > dependencies array you need to list all UI5 tooling relevant dependencies.

    1. Configure it in $yourapp/ui5.yaml:

    The configuration for the custom task:

        - name: ui5-tooling-modules-task
          afterTask: replaceVersion

    The configuration for the custom middleware:

        - name: ui5-tooling-modules-middleware
          afterMiddleware: compression

    ⚠️ In case your application is using a proxy such fiori-tools-proxy, the proxy must run after ui5-tooling-modules-middleware middleware. Otherwise proxy will try to serve the resources for your installed npm package instead of ui5-tooling-modules-middleware. You can achieve this by setting afterMiddleware: ui5-tooling-modules-middleware in fiori-tools-proxy middleware.

    How it works

    The custom middleware is listening to incoming requests and checks those requests to match npm packages. E.g. a dependency to chart.js will cause a request to resource/chart.js.js. The middleware now derives the module name which is "chart.js" and uses require.resolve("chart.js") to lookup the npm package for it. If an npm package exists, the middleware is using rollup to create a custom AMD bundle for the npm package which uses sap.ui.define instead of define.

    The custom task is scanning all AMD dependencies of all modules and tries to resolve the module names. If a module has been found a custom bundle will be created in the proper namespace of the module, e.g. @apollo/client/core will create a custom bundle at dist/resources/@apollo/client/core.js.

    How to obtain support

    Please use the GitHub bug tracking system to post questions, bug reports or to create pull requests.


    Any type of contribution (code contributions, pull requests, issues) to this showcase will be equally appreciated.


    This work is dual-licensed under Apache 2.0 and the Derived Beer-ware License. The official license will be Apache 2.0 but finally you can choose between one of them if you use this work.

    When you like this stuff, buy @vobu a beer or buy @pmuessig a coke when you see them.




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