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    Parcel

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    Features

    • 🚀 Blazing fast bundle times - multicore compilation, and a filesystem cache for fast rebuilds even after a restart.
    • 📦 Out of the box support for JS, CSS, HTML, file assets, and more - no plugins to install.
    • 🐠 Automatically transforms modules using Babel, PostCSS, and PostHTML when needed - even node_modules.
    • ✂️ Zero configuration code splitting using dynamic import() statements.
    • 🔥 Built in support for hot module replacement
    • 🚨 Friendly error logging experience - syntax highlighted code frames help pinpoint the problem.

    Getting Started

    Before we get started, you'll need to install Node and Yarn (or npm) and create a package.json for your project if you haven't already.

    yarn init
    

    Then with Yarn you can install parcel into your app:

    yarn add --dev parcel@next
    

    From there you just need to point Parcel at some of your entry files. Like if you're building a website, an index.html file:

    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html lang="en">
      <head>
        <meta charset="utf-8" />
        <title>My First Parcel App</title>
      </head>
      <body>
        <h1>Hello, World!</h1>
      </body>
    </html>
    

    Now if you just run:

    yarn parcel index.html
    

    You should get a URL that looks something like: http://localhost:1234/

    Next you can start adding dependencies by specifying them in your code (however your language specifies other assets). So for HTML we could create a styles.css file next to our index.html file and include it with a <link> tag.

    h1 {
      color: hotpink;
      font-family: cursive;
    }
    
    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html lang="en">
      <head>
        <meta charset="utf-8" />
        <title>My First Parcel App</title>
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="./styles.css" />
      </head>
      <body>
        <h1>Hello, World!</h1>
      </body>
    </html>
    

    As we make the change you should see the website update with your changes without even refreshing the page.

    Documentation

    Introduction

    Parcel is a compiler for all your code, regardless of the language or toolchain.

    Parcel takes all of your files and dependencies, transforms them, and merges them together into a smaller set of output files that can be used to run your code.

    Parcel supports many different languages and file types out of the box, from web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, to lower level languages like Rust, and anything that compiles to WebAssembly (WASM), to assets like images, fonts, videos, and more.

    Parcel makes your code portable, you can build your code for different environments, for the web for your server, or for an app. You can even build multiple targets at once and have them live update as you make changes.

    Parcel is fast and predictable. It compiles all of your files in isolation in parallel inside workers, caching all of them as it goes along. Caches are stable across machines and are only affected by the files and configs within your project (unless you want to pass specific environment variables).

    Parcel CLI

    The Parcel CLI is built into the main parcel package. While you can install it globally and run it, it is much better to install it locally into your project as a dev dependency.

    yarn add --dev parcel@next
    

    You should also add some "scripts" to your package.json to run it easier.

    {
      "name": "my-project",
      "scripts": {
        "build": "parcel build index.html",
        "start": "parcel serve index.html"
      },
      "devDependencies": {
        "parcel": "latest"
      }
    }
    

    Now you can run yarn build to bundle your project for production and yarn start to dev on your project.

    CLI Args & Flags

    Usage:

    $ parcel [command] [...entries] [...flags]
    

    parcel serve

    Serve assets on a local server

    parcel watch

    Watch and rebuild code on file changes.

    parcel build

    Build code once, in production mode.

    [...entries]

    Entry files to start bundling, these will be preserved as entry points in the output. Defaults to package.json#source, falling back to src/index.* or index.*. See #Entries.

    --target [name]

    Specifies a specific target to build. If unspecified, Parcel builds all targets specified in package.json. See #Targets.

    --open, -o [browser]

    Open your local server in a browser. You can optionally pass the name of the browser you want to open, otherwise it will use your default browser.

    --host <host>

    Configure the host to serve assets on. The default is to listen on all interfaces.

    --port <port>, -p

    Configure the port to serve assets on. Alternatively you can use the $PORT environment variable.

    --https

    This will generate a local certificate (which will be untrusted by your browser, you'll need to approve it) and serve your assets over https://

    --cert <path>

    Specify the filepath to your SSL certificate when using --https.

    --key <path>

    Specify the filepath to your SSL key when using --https.

    --cache-dir <dir>, --no-cache

    Configure the cache directory with --cache <dir> or disable it altogether with --no-cache.

    --hot, --no-hot

    Turn hot reloading on or off.

    --hot-host <hostname>

    Configure the hot reloading hostname.

    --hot-port <port>

    Configure the hot reloading port.

    --[no-]source-maps

    Turn source maps on or off. Source maps are turned on by default.

    --autoinstall [npm/yarn], --no-autoinstall

    When enabled, whenever Parcel discovers a dependency that isn't installed it will attempt to install it with either npm or Yarn (defaults to npm unless a yarn.lock exists).

    --log-level <level>

    Set the log level, either either "none", "error", "warn", "info", or "verbose". The default is "info".

    --version, -v, -V

    Return the current version of Parcel.

    --help, -h

    Get help with the CLI.

    Parcel Config

    Parcel has always and will always work out of the box for many projects with zero configuration. It should always be extremely simple to get started. But if you do want more control, we give you the tools to do so.

    Configuring external tools

    A huge part of what Parcel does is run other tools over your code. Instead of pulling all that configuration into Parcel, we make use of their own configuration systems. So if you're using Babel, you should just use .babelrc files to configure it.

    When we do need to introduce config, we create tool specific config files in order to do so.

    Configuring Parcel

    When you do need to configure Parcel, it will be in one of 3 places.

    • If you need to configure the CLI, it will be a CLI flag
    • If you need to configure your package, it will be in the package.json
    • If you need to configure something with your files or the Parcel asset pipeline, it will be in .parcelrc

    package.json

    [todo]

    {
      "name": "foo",
      "main": "dist/main/index.js",
      "module": "dist/module/index.js",
      "browser": "dist/browser/index.js",
      "browserslist": ["> 1%", "not dead"],
      "engines": {
        "node": ">=4.x"
      },
      "source": "src/index.js",
      "targets": {
        "main": {
          "node": ["^4.0.0"]
        },
        "module": {
          "node": ["^8.0.0"]
        },
        "browser": {
          "browsers": ["> 1%", "not dead"]
        }
      },
      "alias": {
        "react": "preact-compat",
        "react-dom": "preact-compat"
      }
    }
    

    package.json#name

    (Required) The name of the package is always required in order to be considered a valid package.json.

    {
      "name": "my-package"
    }
    

    package.json#version

    (Required) All packages inside node_modules must have a package.json#version.

    {
      "version": "1.0.0"
    }
    

    package.json#main

    (Required) This is the "main" target's entry point for the package.

    {
      "main": "dist/main/index.js"
    }
    

    See Targets

    package.json#module

    This is the "module" target's entry point for the package.

    {
      "module": "dist/module/index.js"
    }
    

    See Targets

    package.json#browser

    This is the "browser" target's entry point for the package.

    {
      "browser": "dist/browser/index.js"
    }
    

    See Targets

    package.json#source

    Specify the entry points for your source code which gets mapped to your targets.

    {
      "source": "src/index.js",
      "source": ["src/index.js", "src/index.html"]
    }
    

    See Sources

    package.json#browserslist

    As specified by Browserslist, this field is for specifying which transforms should be applied to browser bundles.

    {
      "browserslist": ["> 0.2%", "not dead"]
    }
    

    See Environments

    package.json#engines

    Specify what versions of what engines you want to support.

    {
      "engines": {
        "node": ">=4.x",
        "electron": ">=2.x"
      }
    }
    

    See Environments

    package.json#targets

    Configuration for individual targets.

    {
      "targets": {
        "main": {
          "engines": {
            "node": ">=4.x",
            "electron": ">=2.x"
          },
        },
        "browser": {
          "engines": {
            "browsers": ["> 1%", "not dead"]
          }
        }
      }
    }
    

    See Targets

    package.json#alias

    Aliases asset names/paths to other assets.

    {
      "alias": {
        "react": "preact-compat",
        "react-dom": "preact-compat"
      }
    }
    

    See Aliases

    .parcelrc

    Your .parcelrc file will likely contain just a few fields (if you have one at all), but here's an example of a .parcelrc file that contains every field:

    {
      "extends": ["@parcel/config-default"],
      "resolvers": ["@parcel/resolver-default"],
      "transforms": {
        "*.vue": ["@parcel/transformer-vue"],
        "*.scss": ["@parcel/transformer-sass"],
        "*.js": ["@parcel/transformer-babel"],
        "*.css": ["@parcel/transformer-postcss"],
        "*.html": ["@parcel/transformer-posthtml"]
      },
      "bundler": "@parcel/bundler-default",
      "namers": ["@parcel/namer-default"],
      "runtimes": {
        "browser": ["@parcel/runtime-js", "@parcel/runtime-browser-hmr"],
        "node": ["@parcel/runtime-js"]
      },
      "packagers": {
        "*.js": "@parcel/packager-js",
        "*.css": "@parcel/packager-css",
        "*.html": "@parcel/packager-html",
        "*.wasm": "@parcel/packager-wasm",
        "*.raw": "@parcel/packager-raw"
      },
      "optimizers": {
        "*.js": ["@parcel/optimizer-uglify"],
        "*.css": ["@parcel/optimizer-cssnano"],
        "*.html": ["@parcel/optimizer-htmlnano"],
        "*.{png,jpg,jpeg,svg,...}": ["@parcel/optimizer-imagemin"]
      },
      "reporters": ["@parcel/reporter-cli"]
    }
    

    Glob maps in .parcelrc

    Many config properties like transforms or packagers use objects as maps of globs to package names. While objects in JSON are technically unordered, Parcel does use the order to give globs priority when a file name is being tested against them.

    {
      "transforms": {
        "icons/*.svg": ["highest-priority"],
        "*.svg": ["lowest-priority"]
      }
    }
    

    Here if we are trying to find a transform for the file icons/home.svg, we'll work our way down the globs until we find a match, which would be icons/*.svg, we never reach *.svg.

    .parcelrc#extends

    extends can either be a string or an array of strings that specify base configs to extend. That base configuration can be the path to another .parcelrc file or the name of a Parcel config package.

    {
      "extends": "@parcel/config-default",
      "extends": "../.parcelrc",
      "extends": ["@parcel/config-default", "@company/parcel-config"]
    }
    

    When extending a config, Parcel does a shallow merge of the two configs.

    .parcelrc#resolvers

    resolvers is an array of strings that specifies the name of a Parcel resolver package.

    {
      "resolvers": ["@parcel/resolver-default"]
    }
    

    See Resolvers

    .parcelrc#transforms

    transforms is an object map of globs to arrays of Parcel transform packages.

    {
      "transforms": {
        "*.js": ["@parcel/transformer-babel"]
      }
    }
    

    See Transforms

    .parcelrc#bundler

    bundler is a string that specifies the name of a Parcel bundler package.

    {
      "bundler": "@parcel/bundler-default"
    }
    

    See Bundlers

    .parcelrc#namers

    bundler is an array of Parcel namer packages.

    {
      "namers": ["@parcel/namer-default"]
    }
    

    See Namers

    .parcelrc#runtimes

    runtimes is an object map of environments to arrays of Parcel runtime packages.

    {
      "runtimes": {
        "browser": ["@parcel/runtime-js", "@parcel/runtime-browser-hmr"],
        "node": ["@parcel/runtime-js"]
      }
    }
    

    See Runtimes

    .parcelrc#packagers

    packagers is an object map of globs to Parcel packager packages.

    {
      "packagers": {
        "*.js": ["@parcel/packager-js"]
      }
    }
    

    See Packagers

    .parcelrc#optimizers

    optimizers is an object map of globs to arrays of Parcel optimizer packages.

    {
      "optimizers": {
        "*.js": ["@parcel/optimizer-uglify"]
      }
    }
    

    See Optimizers

    .parcelrc#reporters

    reporters is an array of Parcel reporter packages.

    {
      "reporters": ["@parcel/reporter-detailed"]
    }
    

    See Reporters.

    .parcelrc#validators

    validators is an object map of globs to arrays of Parcel validator packages.

    
      "validators": {
        "*.ts": ["@parcel/validator-typescript"]
      }
    }
    

    See Reporters.

    Parcel Architecture

    Even if you aren't doing anything that complex, if you are going to use Parcel a lot it makes sense to take some time and understand how it works.

    Phases of Parcel

    At a high level Parcel runs through several phases:

    • Resolving
    • Transforming
    • Bundling
    • Packaging
    • Optimizing

    The resolving and transforming phases work together in parallel to build a graph of all your assets.

    This asset graph gets translated into bundles in the bundling phase.

    Then the packaging phase takes the assets in the calculated bundles and merges them together into files each containing an entire bundle.

    Finally, in the optimizing phase, Parcel takes these bundles files and runs them through optimizing transforms.

    Asset Graph

    During the resolving and transforming phases, Parcel discovers all the assets in your app or program. Every asset can have it's own dependencies on other assets which Parcel will pull in.

    The data structure that represents all of these assets and their dependencies on one another is known as "The Asset Graph".

    Asset Name Dependencies
    index.html app.css, app.js
    app.css N/A
    app.js navbar.js
    navbar.js etc.

    Bundles

    Once Parcel has built the entire Asset Graph, it begins turning it into "bundles". These bundles are groupings of assets that get placed together in a single file.

    Bundles will (generally) contain only assets in the same language:

    Bundle Name Assets
    index.html index.html
    app.css app.css
    app.js app.js, navbar.js, etc.

    Some assets are considered "entry" points into your app, and will stay as separate bundles. For example, if your index.html file links to an about.html file, they won't be merged together.

    Bundle Name Assets Entry URL
    index.html index.html /
    about.html about.html /about

    Sources

    "Sources" are the files that contain the source code to your app before being compiled by Parcel.

    Parcel discovers these sources by following their dependencies on one another starting at your "entries".

    These entries will be one of:

    1. $ parcel <...entries>
    2. ~/package.json#source
    3. ./src/index.*
    4. ./index.*

    From there, everything those assets depend on will be considered a "source" in Parcel.

    Targets

    When Parcel runs, it can build your asset graph in multiple different ways simultaneously. These are called "targets".

    For example, you could have a "modern" target that targets newer browsers and a "legacy" target for older browsers.

    Sources get mapped to targets,

    Target Configuration

    In the most explicit form, targets are configured via the package.json#targets field.

    {
      "browser": "dist/browser/index.js",
      "browserModern": "dist/browserModern/index.js",
      "targets": {
        "browser": { /* target env */ },
        "browserModern": { /* target env */ }
      }
    }
    

    Each target has a name which corresponds to a top-level package.json field such as package.json#main or package.json#browser which specify the primary entry point for that target.

    Inside each of those targets contains the target's environment configuration.

    However, a lot of the normal configuration you might want will already have defaults provided for you:

    targets = {
      main: {
        node: value("package.json#engines.node"),
        browsers: unless exists("package.json#browser") then value("package.json#browserlist"),
      },
      module: {
        node: value("package.json#engines.node"),
        browsers: unless exists("package.json#browser") then value("package.json#browserlist"),
      },
      browser: {
        browsers: value("package.json#browserslist"),
      },
      ...value("package.json#targets"),
    }
    

    Environments

    Environments tell Parcel how to transform and bundle each asset. They tell Parcel if an asset is going to be run in a browser or in NodeJS/Electron.

    They also tell Parcel's transform plugins how they should run. They tell Babel or Autoprefixer what browsers your asset is targetting.

    You can configure environments through your targets.

    {
      "targets": {
        "main": {
          "node": ">=4.x",
          "electron": ">=2.x",
          "browsers": ["> 1%", "not dead"]
        }
      }
    }
    

    When one asset depends on another, the environment is inherited from its parent. But how you depend on the asset can change some properties of that environment.

    For example:

    navigator.serviceWorker.register('./service-worker.js');
    
    let childEnvironment = {...parentEnvironment, browserContext: 'service-worker'};
    

    Caching

    Parcel will create a /node_modules/.cache/parcel directory

    The top-level directory will be filled with directories with two letters, which are the start of a hash which is finished by the names of the JSON files inside.

    /node_modules/.cache/parcel/
      /00/
        213debd8ddd45819b79a3a974ed487.json
        40ae9b581afc53841307a4b3c2463d.json
        63a9dd58fc1e8f8bb819759ea9793c.json
        ...
      /01/
      /../
      /zy/
      /zz/
    

    It follows this weird structure in order to avoid too many files being created in a single directory which degrades file system performance.

    Asset Resolution

    Parcel follows the Node module resolution algorithm with a few additions.

    Local Paths

    ./path/to/file
    ./path/to/file.js
    

    These follow the Node module resolution algorithm.

    Package Paths

    preact
    lodash/cloneDeep
    @sindresorhus/is
    

    These follow the Node module resolution algorithm.

    URLs

    https://unpkg.com/preact@8.2.9/dist/preact.min.js
    

    Parcel by default will ignore URL dependencies, other resolver plugins may choose to do something with them.

    Tilde Paths

    ~/src/file.js
    

    Only when used outside of node_modules directories, the ~ is replaced by an absolute path to the closest package root:

    /path/to/app #(/package.json)
    

    To form a path that looks like:

    /path/to/app/src/file.js
    

    Then it follows the Node module resolution algorithm.

    Aliases

    Aliases come in two forms:

    1. Package Aliases: react -> preact
    2. File/Directory Aliases: utils -> ./src/utils
    {
      "name": "my-project",
      "alias": {
        "react": "preact-compat",
        "react-dom": "preact-compat",
        "utils": "./src/utils",
        "components": "./src/components"
      }
    }
    

    There are a couple of rules:

    1. Aliases will only be respected when specified outside of node_modules.
    2. Aliases specified outside of node_modules will affect assets inside of node_modules.
    3. Aliases cannot build off of other aliases.
    4. Only one alias will be applied at a time.
    5. Aliases must be valid npm package names.

    Plugins

    Resolvers

    When one asset depends on another through an asset specifier, the resolver is responsible for determining what asset is being requested.

    See Asset Resolution for more details.

    {
      "resolvers": ["@parcel/resolver-v1"]
    }
    

    Official Resolvers:

    • @parcel/resolver-v1

    Transforms

    Transforms transform single assets as they are discovered and added to the asset graph. They mostly call out to different compilers and preprocessors.

    {
      "transforms": {
        "*.js": ["@parcel/transformer-babel"]
      }
    }
    

    Official Transforms:

    • @parcel/transformer-babel
    • @parcel/transformer-coffeescript
    • @parcel/transformer-graphql
    • @parcel/transformer-json
    • @parcel/transformer-json5
    • @parcel/transformer-less
    • @parcel/transformer-posthtml
    • @parcel/transformer-postcss
    • @parcel/transformer-pug
    • @parcel/transformer-raw
    • @parcel/transformer-reason
    • @parcel/transformer-rust
    • @parcel/transformer-stylus
    • @parcel/transformer-toml
    • @parcel/transformer-typescript
    • @parcel/transformer-vue
    • @parcel/transformer-wasm
    • @parcel/transformer-webmanifest
    • @parcel/transformer-yaml
    • ...

    Bundlers

    Bundlers accept the entire asset graph and turn it into sets of bundles.

    {
      "bundler": "@parcel/bundler-default"
    }
    

    Official Bundlers:

    • @parcel/bundler-default

    Namers

    Namers accept a bundle and return a filename for that bundle.

    {
      "namers": ["@parcel/namer-default"]
    }
    

    Official Namers:

    • @parcel/namer-default

    Runtimes

    Runtimes get called after the bundler phase and generate an asset which gets included in the final bundle.

    {
      "runtimes": {
        "browser": ["@parcel/runtime-js", "@parcel/runtime-browser-hmr"],
        "node": ["@parcel/runtime-js"]
      }
    }
    

    Official Runtimes:

    • @parcel/runtime-js
    • @parcel/runtime-hmr

    Packagers

    Packagers determine how to merge different asset types into a single bundle.

    {
      "packagers": {
        "*.css": "@parcel/packager-css"
      }
    }
    

    Official Packagers:

    • @parcel/packager-html
    • @parcel/packager-js
    • @parcel/packager-css
    • @parcel/packager-wasm
    • @parcel/packager-raw

    Optimizers

    Optimizers are similar to transformers, but they accept a bundle instead of a single asset.

    {
      "optimizers": {
        "*.js": ["@parcel/optimizer-terser"],
        "*.css": ["@parcel/optimizer-csso"]
      }
    }
    

    Official Optimizers:

    • @parcel/packager-terser
    • @parcel/packager-csso
    • [todo]

    Reporters

    Reporters receive events as they happen and can either use the Parcel logger to output to stdout/stderr or they can return assets to be generated on the file system.

    {
      "reporters": ["@parcel/reporter-cli", "@parcel/reporter-dev-server"]
    }
    

    Official Reporters:

    • @parcel/reporter-cli
    • @parcel/reporter-dev-server
    • [todo]

    Validators

    Validators emit errors for source code after a build is completed. For example, type checking and linting.

    {
      "validators": {
        "*.ts": ["@parcel/validator-typescript"]
      }
    }
    

    Official Validators:

    • @parcel/validator-typescript
    • @parcel/validator-eslint
    • [todo]

    Creating Plugins

    Naming

    All plugins must follow a naming system:

    Official package Community packages Private company/scoped team packages
    Configs @parcel/config-{name} parcel-config-{name} @scope/parcel-config[-{name}]
    Resolvers @parcel/resolver-{name} parcel-resolver-{name} @scope/parcel-resolver[-{name}]
    Transforms @parcel/transformer-{name} parcel-transformer-{name} @scope/parcel-transformer[-{name}]
    Bundlers @parcel/bundler-{name} parcel-bundler-{name} @scope/parcel-bundler[-{name}]
    Namers @parcel/namer-{name} parcel-namer-{name} @scope/parcel-namer[-{name}]
    Runtimes @parcel/runtime-{name} parcel-runtime-{name} @scope/parcel-runtime[-{name}]
    Packagers @parcel/packager-{name} parcel-packager-{name} @scope/parcel-packager[-{name}]
    Optimizers @parcel/optimizer-{name} parcel-optimizer-{name} @scope/parcel-optimizer[-{name}]
    Reporters @parcel/reporter-{name} parcel-reporter-{name} @scope/parcel-reporter[-{name}]
    Validators @parcel/validator-{name} parcel-validator-{name} @scope/parcel-validator[-{name}]

    The {name} must be descriptive and directly related to the purpose of the package. Someone should be able to have an idea of what the package does simply by reading the name in a .parcelrc or package.json#devDependencies.

    parcel-transformer-posthtml
    parcel-packager-wasm
    parcel-reporter-graph-visualizer
    

    If your plugin adds support for a specific tool, please use the name of the tool.

    parcel-transformer-es6 (bad)
    parcel-transformer-babel (good)
    

    If your plugin is a reimplementation of something that exists, try naming it something that explains why it is a separate:

    parcel-transformer-better-typescript (bad)
    parcel-transformer-typescript-server (good)
    

    We ask that community members work together and when forks happen to try and resolve them. If someone made a better version of your plugin, please consider giving the better package name over, have them make a major version bump, and redirect people to the new tool.

    Versioning

    You must follow semantic versioning (to the best of your ability). No, it's not the perfect system, but it's the best one we have and people do depend on it.

    If plugin authors intentionally don't follow semantic versioning, Parcel may start warning users that they should be locking down the version number for your plugin.

    Warning: The plugin "parcel-transform-typescript" does not follow semantic versioning. You should lock the version range down so your code does not break when they make changes. Please upvote this issue to encourage them to follow semver: https://github.com/user/parcel-transform-typescript/issues/43

    Engines

    You must specify a package.json#engines.parcel field with the version range of Parcel that your plugin supports:

    {
      "name": "parcel-transform-imagemin",
      "engines": {
        "parcel": "2.x"
      }
    }
    

    If you do not specify this field, Parcel will output a warning:

    Warning: The plugin "parcel-transform-typescript" needs to specify a `package.json#engines.parcel` field with the supported Parcel version range.
    

    If you do specify the parcel engine field and the user is using an incompatible version of Parcel, they will see an error:

    Error: The plugin "parcel-transform-typescript" is not compatible with the
    current version of Parcel. Requires "2.x" but the current version is "3.1.4"
    

    Parcel uses node-semver to match version ranges.

    Plugin APIs

    There are several different types of plugins. They all look very similar, but are kept separate so we can have strict contracts one what each one is allowed to do.

    There are some rules that should be followed across every type of plugin:

    • Stateless — Avoid any kind of state, it will likely be the source of bugs for your users. For example, the same transform may exist in multiple separate workers which are not allowed to communicate with one another, state will not work as expected.
    • Pure — Given the same input, a plugin must produce the same output, and you must not have any observable side effects, or implicit dependencies. Otherwise Parcel's caching will break and your users will be sad. You should never have to tell users to delete their caches.

    The plugin APIs all follow a common shape:

    import {NameOfPluginType} from '@parcel/plugin';
    
    export default new NameOfPluginType({
      async methodName(opts: JSONObject): Promise<JSONObject> {
        return result;
      }
    });
    

    They are made up of modules with well-known named exports of async functions that:

    • Accept a strictly validated JSON-serializable opts object.
    • Return a strictly validated JSON-serializable vals object.

    If something you need is not being passed through opts, please come talk to the Parcel team about it. Avoid trying to get information yourself from other sources, especially from the file system.

    Resolvers

    Resolvers get called with an asset request (consisting of a source file path and the specifier of what is being requested) which it then attempts to resolve. If the resolver isn't sure how to handle a request, it can also return null and pass it to the next resolver in the chain.

    import {Resolver} from '@parcel/plugin';
    
    export default new Resolver({
      async resolve({dependency}) {
        // ...
        return {filePath} || null;
      }
    });
    

    Transforms

    Transforms transform single assets as they are discovered and added to the asset graph. They mostly call out to different compilers and preprocessors.

    import {Transform} from '@parcel/plugin';
    
    export default new Transform({
      async getConfig({asset}) {
        // ...
        return config;
      },
    
      async parse({asset}) {
        // ...
        return ast;
      },
    
      async transform({asset}) {
        // ...
        return [assets];
      },
    
      async generate({asset}) {
        // ...
        return {code, map};
      }
    });
    

    Bundler

    Bundlers accept the entire asset graph and modify it to add bundle nodes that group the assets into output bundles.

    import {Bundler} from '@parcel/plugin';
    
    export default new Bundler({
      async bundle({graph}) {
        // ...
      },
    
      async optimize({graph}) {
        // ...
      }
    });
    

    Namers

    Namers accept a bundle and output a filename for that bundle.

    import {Namer} from '@parcel/plugin';
    
    export default new Namer({
      async name({bundle, bundleGraph}) {
        // ...
        return name;
      }
    });
    

    Runtimes

    Runtimes accept a bundle and return assets to be inserted into that bundle.

    import {Runtime} from '@parcel/runtime';
    
    export default new Runtime({
      async apply({bundle, bundleGraph}) {
        // ...
        return assets;
      }
    });
    

    Packagers

    Packagers determine how to merge different asset types into a single bundle.

    import {Packager} from '@parcel/plugin';
    
    export default new Packager({
      async package({bundle}) {
        // ...
        return {contents, map};
      },
    });
    

    Optimizers

    Optimizers are similar to transformers, but they accept a bundle instead of a single asset.

    import {Optimizer} from '@parcel/plugin';
    
    export default new Optimizer({
      async optimize({bundle, contents, map}) {
        // ...
        return {contents, map};
      }
    });
    

    Reporters

    Reporters receive events as they happen and can output to stdout/stderr, or perform other actions.

    import {Reporter} from '@parcel/plugin';
    
    export default new Reporter({
      async report({ event: { type, ... } }) {
        // ...
      }
    });
    

    Validators

    Validators receive an asset, and can throw errors if that asset is invalid in some way, e.g. type errors or linting errors.

    import {Validator} from '@parcel/plugin';
    
    export default new Validator({
      async validate({asset}) {
        // ...
        throw error;
      }
    });
    
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