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webpack-dev-middleware

Offers a dev middleware for webpack, which arguments a live bundle to a directory

webpack-dev-middleware

THIS MIDDLEWARE SHOULD ONLY USED FOR DEVELOPMENT!

DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION!

It's a simple wrapper middleware for webpack. It serves the files emitted from webpack over a connect server.

It has a few advantages over bundling it as files:

  • No files are written to disk, it handle the files in memory
  • If files changed in watch mode, the middleware no longer serves the old bundle, but delays requests until the compiling has finished. You don't have to wait before refreshing the page after a file modification.
  • I may add some specific optimization in future releases.
npm install webpack-dev-middleware --save-dev
var webpackMiddleware = require("webpack-dev-middleware");
app.use(webpackMiddleware(...));

Example usage:

app.use(webpackMiddleware(webpack({
    // webpack options 
    // webpackMiddleware takes a Compiler object as first parameter 
    // which is returned by webpack(...) without callback. 
    entry: "...",
    output: {
        path: "/"
        // no real path is required, just pass "/" 
        // but it will work with other paths too. 
    }
}), {
    // publicPath is required, whereas all other options are optional 
 
    noInfo: false,
    // display no info to console (only warnings and errors) 
 
    quiet: false,
    // display nothing to the console 
 
    lazy: true,
    // switch into lazy mode 
    // that means no watching, but recompilation on every request 
 
    watchOptions: {
        aggregateTimeout: 300,
        poll: true
    },
    // watch options (only lazy: false) 
 
    publicPath: "/assets/",
    // public path to bind the middleware to 
    // use the same as in webpack 
    
    index: "index.html",
    // the index path for web server 
 
    headers: { "X-Custom-Header": "yes" },
    // custom headers 
 
    stats: {
        colors: true
    }
    // options for formating the statistics 
 
    reporter: null,
    // Provide a custom reporter to change the way how logs are shown. 
 
    serverSideRender: false,
    // Turn off the server-side rendering mode. See Server-Side Rendering part for more info. 
}));

This part shows how you might interact with the middleware during runtime:

  • close(callback) - stop watching for file changes

    var webpackDevMiddlewareInstance = webpackMiddleware(/* see example usage */);
    app.use(webpackDevMiddlewareInstance);
    // After 10 seconds stop watching for file changes: 
    setTimeout(function(){
      webpackDevMiddlewareInstance.close();
    }, 10000);
  • invalidate() - recompile the bundle - e.g. after you changed the configuration

    var compiler = webpack(/* see example usage */);
    var webpackDevMiddlewareInstance = webpackMiddleware(compiler);
    app.use(webpackDevMiddlewareInstance);
    setTimeout(function(){
      // After a short delay the configuration is changed 
      // in this example we will just add a banner plugin: 
      compiler.apply(new webpack.BannerPlugin('A new banner'));
      // Recompile the bundle with the banner plugin: 
      webpackDevMiddlewareInstance.invalidate();
    }, 1000);
  • waitUntilValid(callback) - executes the callback if the bundle is valid or after it is valid again:

    var webpackDevMiddlewareInstance = webpackMiddleware(/* see example usage */);
    app.use(webpackDevMiddlewareInstance);
    webpackDevMiddlewareInstance.waitUntilValid(function(){
      console.log('Package is in a valid state');
    });

In order to develop a server-side rendering application, we need access to the stats, which is generated with the latest build.

In the server-side rendering mode, webpack-dev-middleware would sets the stat to res.locals.webpackStats before invoking the next middleware, where we can render pages and response to clients.

Notice that requests for bundle files would still be responded by webpack-dev-middleware and all requests will be pending until the building process is finished in the server-side rendering mode.

app.use(webpackMiddleware(compiler, { serverSideRender: true })
 
// The following middleware would not be invoked until the latest build is finished.
app.use((req, res) => {
  const assetsByChunkName = res.locals.webpackStats.toJson().assetsByChunkName
 
  // then use `assetsByChunkName` for server-sider rendering
    // For example, if you have only one main chunk:
 
    res.send(`
<html>
  <head>
    <title>My App</title>
        ${
            assetsByChunkName.main
            .filter(path => path.endsWith('.css'))
            .map(path => `<link rel="stylesheet" href="${path}" />`)
        }
  </head>
  <body>
    <div id="root"></div>
        ${
            assetsByChunkName.main
            .filter(path => path.endsWith('.js'))
            .map(path => `<script src="${path}" />`)
        }
  </body>
</html>
    `)
 
})