Bundling Js modules with WebPack

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Webpack is a powerful tool for bundling modules, helping you to organize your code, bundling it in a single js file.

Today, I’m going to create a simple project with webpack. My goal here is to show how to organize Js modules using this tool. Let’s get to it!


First, let’s install webpack globally. (You also need Node and Npm installed).

npm install webpack -g

Project structure

This is the folder structure of our project:



The app file requires the module1 and module2.

var module1 = require("./module1.js");
var module2 = require("./module2.js");

document.write('<p>' + module1() + '</p>');
document.write('<p>' + module2() + '</p>');


module.exports = function() {
    return 'this is the module 1';


module.exports = function() {
    return 'this is the module 2';


In the index.html, we just include the bundle.js file. Webpack will compile the modules in this file.

        <meta charset="utf-8">
        <h1>Webpack project</h1>
        <script type="text/javascript" src="bundle.js" charset="utf-8"></script>


This is the webpack configuration. Basically, we are saying to webpack where our entry file is and the bundle filename.

var webpack = require("webpack");
module.exports = {
    entry: "./app.js",
    output: {
        path: __dirname,
        filename: "bundle.js"


Now we can run webpack:


It will compile our modules and create a bundle.js file. Open the index.html file in your browser to see the result.

Development Server

In order to serve the static files compiled by webpack, we can use the webpack-dev-server. It automatically updates the browser page when a bundle is recompiled.

Let’s install it:

npm install webpack-dev-server -g

Now we just run:


Now open: http://localhost:8080/ to see the result.

External Modules

Let’s say that we need a external module in our project, Jquery for example.

First, let’s install jquery using npm:

npm install jquery

Then we just import and use!

var module1 = require("./module1.js");
var module2 = require("./module2.js");
var jquery = require("jquery");

jquery('body').append('<p>Jquery works!</p>');


You could see how is easy to organize a project in modules using webpack. This is just a simple example, we can do a lot of other things with this tool, like uglyfy, minify, compress static assets, etc.

In the next post, we will use Webpack with Angular2, and build a web application!

You can learn more about webpack here: https://webpack.github.io/

That’s it for today!

I hope you enjoyed! Until next time!

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