Other Options

These are the remaining configuration options supported by webpack.

Help Wanted: This page is still a work in progress. If you are familiar with any of the options for which the description or examples are incomplete, please create an issue and submit a PR at the docs repo!

amd

object boolean: false

Set the value of require.amd or define.amd. Setting amd to false will disable webpack's AMD support.

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  amd: {
    jQuery: true
  }
};

Certain popular modules written for AMD, most notably jQuery versions 1.7.0 to 1.9.1, will only register as an AMD module if the loader indicates it has taken special allowances for multiple versions being included on a page.

The allowances were the ability to restrict registrations to a specific version or to support different sandboxes with different defined modules.

This option allows you to set the key your module looks for to a truthy value. As it happens, the AMD support in webpack ignores the defined name anyways.

bail

boolean = false

Fail out on the first error instead of tolerating it. By default webpack will log these errors in red in the terminal, as well as the browser console when using HMR, but continue bundling. To enable it:

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  bail: true
};

This will force webpack to exit its bundling process.

cache

boolean object

Cache the generated webpack modules and chunks to improve build speed. cache is set to type: 'memory' in development mode and disabled in production mode. cache: true is an alias to cache: { type: 'memory' }. To disable caching pass false:

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  cache: false
};

cache.type

string: 'memory' | 'filesystem'

Sets the cache type to either in memory or on the file system. The memory option is very straightforward, it tells webpack to store cache in memory and doesn't allow additional configuration:

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  cache: {
    type: 'memory'
  }
};

While setting cache.type to filesystem opens up more options for configuration.

cache.cacheDirectory

string

Base directory for the cache. Defaults to node_modules/.cache/webpack.

cache.cacheDirectory option is only available when cache.type is set to filesystem.

webpack.config.js

const path = require('path');

module.exports = {
  //...
  cache: {
    type: 'filesystem',
    cacheDirectory: path.resolve(__dirname, '.temp_cache')
  }
};

The final location of the cache is a combination of cache.cacheDirectory + cache.name.

cache.hashAlgorithm

string

Algorithm used the hash generation. See Node.js crypto for more details. Defaults to md4.

cache.hashAlgorithm option is only available when cache.type is set to filesystem.

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  cache: {
    type: 'filesystem',
    hashAlgorithm: 'md4'
  }
};

cache.name

string

Name for the cache. Different names will lead to different coexisting caches. Defaults to ${config.name}-${config.mode}. Using cache.name makes sense when you have multiple configurations which should have independent caches.

cache.name option is only available when cache.type is set to filesystem.

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  cache: {
    type: 'filesystem',
    name: 'AppBuildCache'
  }
};

cache.store

string: 'pack'

cache.store tells webpack when to store data on the file system. Defaults to 'pack'.

  • 'pack': Store data when compiler is idle in a single file for all cached items

cache.store option is only available when cache.type is set to filesystem.

pack is the only supported mode since webpack 5.0.x

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  cache: {
    type: 'filesystem',
    store: 'pack'
  }
};

cache.version

string: ''

Version of the cache data. Different versions won't allow to reuse the cache and override existing content. Update the version when config changed in a way which doesn't allow to reuse cache. This will invalidate the cache. Defaults to ''.

cache.version option is only available when cache.type is set to filesystem.

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  cache: {
    type: 'filesystem',
    version: 'your_version'
  }
};

Don't share the cache between calls with different options.

loader

object

Expose custom values into the loader context.

Add an example...

parallelism

number = 100

Limit the number of parallel processed modules. Can be used to fine tune performance or to get more reliable profiling results.

profile

boolean

Capture a "profile" of the application, including statistics and hints, which can then be dissected using the Analyze tool.

Use the StatsPlugin for more control over the generated profile.

Combine with parallelism: 1 for better results.

recordsPath

string

Use this option to generate a JSON file containing webpack "records" -- pieces of data used to store module identifiers across multiple builds. You can use this file to track how modules change between builds. To generate one, simply specify a location:

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  recordsPath: path.join(__dirname, 'records.json')
};

Records are particularly useful if you have a complex setup that leverages Code Splitting. The data can be used to ensure the split bundles are achieving the caching behavior you need.

Note that although this file is generated by the compiler, you may still want to track it in source control to keep a history of how it has changed over time.

Setting recordsPath will essentially set recordsInputPath and recordsOutputPath to the same location. This is usually all that's necessary unless you decide to change the name of the file containing the records. See below for an example.

recordsInputPath

string

Specify the file from which to read the last set of records. This can be used to rename a records file. See the example below.

recordsOutputPath

string

Specify where the records should be written. The following example shows how you might use this option in combination with recordsInputPath to rename a records file:

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  recordsInputPath: path.join(__dirname, 'records.json'),
  recordsOutputPath: path.join(__dirname, 'newRecords.json')
};

name

string

Name of the configuration. Used when loading multiple configurations.

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  name: 'admin-app'
};

infrastructureLogging

Options for infrastructure level logging.

object = {}

infrastructureLogging.level

string

Enable infrastructure logging output. Similar to stats.logging option but for infrastructure. No default value is given.

Possible values:

  • 'none' - disable logging
  • 'error' - errors only
  • 'warn' - errors and warnings only
  • 'info' - errors, warnings, and info messages
  • 'log' - errors, warnings, info messages, log messages, groups, clears. Collapsed groups are displayed in a collapsed state.
  • 'verbose' - log everything except debug and trace. Collapsed groups are displayed in expanded state.

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  infrastructureLogging: {
    level: 'info'
  }
};

infrastructureLogging.debug

string RegExp function(name) => boolean [string, RegExp, function(name) => boolean]

Enable debug information of specified loggers such as plugins or loaders. Similar to stats.loggingDebug option but for infrastructure. No default value is given.

webpack.config.js

module.exports = {
  //...
  infrastructureLogging: {
    level: 'info',
    debug: [
      'MyPlugin',
      /MyPlugin/,
      (name) => name.contains('MyPlugin')
    ]
  }
};