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A Webpack plugin for generating an asset manifest.

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webpack-manifest-plugin is an evergreen 🌲 module.

This module requires an Active LTS Node version (v12.0.0+) and Webpack v5.0.0.


This repository leverages pnpm for dependency management.

To begin, please install pnpm:

$ npm install pnpm -g


Using npm:

npm install webpack-nano webpack-manifest-plugin --save-dev

Note: We recommend using webpack-nano, a very tiny, very clean webpack CLI.


Create a webpack.config.js file:

const { WebpackManifestPlugin } = require('webpack-manifest-plugin');
const options = { ... };

module.exports = {
	// an example entry definition
	entry: [ 'app.js'	],
  plugins: [
    new WebpackManifestPlugin(options)

And run webpack:

$ npx wp

With the default options, the example above will create a manifest.json file in the output directory for the build. The manifest file will contain a map of source filenames to the corresponding build output file. e.g.

  "dist/batman.js": "dist/batman.1234567890.js",
  "dist/joker.js": "dist/joker.0987654321.js"



Type: String
Default: ''

Specifies a path prefix for all keys in the manifest. Useful for including your output path in the manifest.


Type: String
Default: manifest.json

Specifies the file name to use for the resulting manifest. By default the plugin will emit manifest.json to your output directory. Passing an absolute path to the fileName option will override both the file name and path.


Type: Function
Default: undefined

Allows filtering the files which make up the manifest. The passed function should match the signature of (file: FileDescriptor) => Boolean. Return true to keep the file, false to remove the file.


Type: Function
Default: undefined

A custom Function to create the manifest. The passed function should match the signature of (seed: Object, files: FileDescriptor[], entries: string[]) => Object and can return anything as long as it's serialisable by JSON.stringify.


Type: Function
Default: undefined

Allows modifying the files which make up the manifest. The passed function should match the signature of (file: FileDescriptor) => FileDescriptor where an object matching FileDescriptor is returned.


Type: String
Default: <webpack-config>.output.publicPath

A path prefix that will be added to values of the manifest.


Type: RegExp | false
Default: /([a-f0-9]{32}\.?)/gi

If set to a valid RegExp, removes hashes from manifest keys. e.g.

  "index.c5a9bff71fdfed9b6046.html": "index.c5a9bff71fdfed9b6046.html"
  "index.html": "index.c5a9bff71fdfed9b6046.html"

The default value for this option is a regular expression targeting Webpack's default md5 hash. To target other hashing functions / algorithms, set this option to an appropriate RegExp. To disable replacing the hashes in key names, set this option to false.


Type: Object
Default: {}

A cache of key/value pairs used to seed the manifest. This may include a set of custom key/value pairs to include in your manifest, or may be used to combine manifests across compilations in multi-compiler mode. To combine manifests, pass a shared seed object to each compiler's WebpackManifestPlugin instance.


Type: Function(Object) => string
Default: undefined

A Function which can be leveraged to serialize the manifest in a different format than json. e.g. yaml.


Type: Function
Default: undefined

Allows sorting the files which make up the manifest. The passed function should match the signature of (fileA: FileDescriptor, fileB: FileDescriptor) => Number. Return 0 to indicate no change, -1 to indicate the file should be moved to a lower index, and 1 to indicate the file shoud be moved to a higher index.


Type: Boolean
Default: false

If true, the keys specified in the entry property will be used as keys in the manifest. No file extension will be added (unless specified as part of an entry property key).


Type: Boolean
Default: false

If true, the manifest will be written on the deprecated webpack emit hook to be compatible with not yet updated webpack plugins.

A lot of webpack plugins are not yet updated to match the new webpack 5 API. This is a problem when other plugins use the deprecated emit hook. The manifest will be written before these other plugins and thus files are missing on the manifest.


Type: Boolean
Default: false

If true, will emit the manifest to the build directory and in memory for compatibility with webpack-dev-server.

Manifest File Descriptor

This plugin utilizes the following object structure to work with files. Many options for this plugin utilize the structure below.

  chunk?: Chunk;
  isAsset: boolean;
  isChunk: boolean;
  isInitial: boolean;
  isModuleAsset: boolean;
  name: string | null;
  path: string;


Type: Chunk

Only available if isChunk is true


Type: Boolean

Is required to run you app. Cannot be true if isChunk is false.


Type: Boolean

Is required by a module. Cannot be true if isAsset is false.

Compiler Hooks

This plugin supports the following hooks via the getCompilerHooks export; afterEmit, beforeEmit. These hooks can be useful, e.g. changing manifest contents before emitting to disk.


Returns: { afterEmit: SyncWaterfallHook, beforeEmit: SyncWaterfallHook }


Type: Number Default: Infinity

If you need to consume the output of this plugin in another plugin, it can be useful to adjust the stage at which the manifest is generated. Pass a new stage to assetHookStage to change when the manifest is generated. See the docs on processAssets for more detail.

Note: any files added to the compilation after the stage specified will not be included in the manifest.


const { getCompilerHooks } = require('webpack-manifest-plugin');

class BatmanPlugin {
  apply(compiler) {
    const { beforeEmit } = getCompilerHooks(compiler);

    beforeEmit.tap('BatmanPlugin', (manifest) => {
      return { ...manifest, name: 'hello' };


  • If using this plugin with webpack-clean and webpack-dev-server, please review this issue.


Special thanks to Dane Thurber, the original author of this plugin, without whom this plugin would not exist.







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