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CLion integrates with the webpack module bundler. This support improves coding assistance in JavaScript files by taking into account webpack module resolution and resolve aliases. For webpack version 2 and higher, CLion provides code completion and quick documentation look-up for options in webpack configuration files.

Configuring webpack in CLion

  1. Make sure webpack is listed in the dependencies or devDependencies object of your package.json. If webpack is missing, install it:
    1. Open the built-in CLion Terminal (Alt+F12).

    2. At the command prompt, type npm install --save-dev webpack.

  2. Create a configuration file in the project root or elsewhere (New | JavaScript file). Learn more from the webpack official website.

  3. Specify the webpack configuration file to use. By default, CLion analyses the webpack configuration file in the root of the project. To use another webpack configuration file:
    1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), click JavaScript under Languages and Frameworks, and then click Webpack.

    2. On the Webpack page that opens, specify the location of the configuration file to use.

Editing a webpack configuration file

For webpack version 2 and higher, CLion provides code completion and documentation look-up in the configuration object of webpack.config.js. Code completion is provided on the fly. To view documentation for a symbol, press Ctrl+Q.


Resolving modules

When you open a project or edit your webpack.config.js specified on Settings/Preferences | Languages and Frameworks | JavaScript | Webpack, CLion analyses the configuration in the background and, based on the received information, properly understands the project resolve roots and resolve aliases. Thanks to this understanding of the project configuration, CLion provides more precise code completion for imports and exported symbols in JavaScript files. As a result, everything works fine without any steps from your side.

The image below illustrates module resolution in a project where react-color is an alias for the path './src/index.js'. CLion properly resolves the import from react-color, provides navigation to it and completion for the exported symbols:


Debugging applications that use webpack

You can debug applications that use webpack same way as you debug any JavaScript client-side application, see Debugging React apps created with Create React App and Debugging Angular apps created with Angular CLI.

Last modified: 14 February 2019

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