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Use vanilla webpack to manage your assets efficiently, no webpacker or asset pipeline anymore!
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This gem is for you if:

  • You want something fast in compilation.
  • You want something easy, no complicated DSL.
  • You want to use the same tool for handling all your assets (webpack does the job already).
  • You want all your files including the configuration to be in on place (and you just don't like spending time trying to remember where should you put the providePlugin!).
  • You want to write pure webpack code (yes webpack is easy, if you don't believe me, go get my book and jump start in a record time).
  • last but not least, If you can't wait anymore several days for others to answer your question about why your compilation is failing in production, not everybody knows how the asset pipeline works internally! using this gem just means you are using webpack :)

Briefly, You want more control, and you feel that pure vanilla webpack can give you that, and save you tons of time!

These reasons should be enough to use this gem, but at the end it's more a subject of taste than reasons, everyone has to choose what a delicious food means!

Want to use ONLY WebpackNative in your project?

If you want to use WebpackNative alone on your new project you can skip the default Rails javascript and the asset pipeline using:

rails new app_name -d postgresql --skip-javascript --skip-sprockets

Note: in case you skipped sprockets, don't forget to remove <%= stylesheet_link_tag 'application', media: 'all' %> line from you application layout.

If have an existing project and you want to remove the asset pipeline from your app follow this tutorial

and to remove webpacker, the answers here may help:




Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'webpack_native', '~> 0.4.8'

And then execute:

$ bundle install

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install webpack_native


The entry point 'application.js' only includes Turbolinks and Rails UJS by default, if you are going to use active storage or action cable, you may need to add them manually

cd app/webpack_native
yarn add package-name ...

Then require them in application.js, Hint: you can copy that from webpacker app/javascript/packs/application.js :)


Once the installation finished, run the following command:

$ rails g webpack_native:install

This will generate a webpack_native folder, that's where all your assets will go (under a src folder), in plus everything else is there too, the package.json, the webpack config file, the node_modules folder will be there as well.

For both development and production, the output will be in /public/webpack_native

In the application layout, the following will be added for you:

<%= webpack_stylesheet_tag 'application', media: 'all', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %>

"<%= webpack_javascript_tag 'application', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %>

Images are accessible in views using webpack_image_tag, just put your images under app/webpack_native/src/images and call it from a view like this:

<%= webpack_image_tag('cat.jpg') %>

You can also pass other options like you would do with image_tag, for example:

<%= webpack_image_tag 'beautiful-illustration.png', class: 'responsive-img' %>

Note: if you were using webpack_native version 0.4.3 or earlier, you should replace webpack_stylesheet_url, webpack_javascript_url and webpack_image_url respectively by webpack_stylesheet_tag, webpack_javascript_tag and webpack_image_tag

Using webpack_***_url will return the url string to the asset element and not the tag, the same applies for webpack_***_path, so consider using webpack_***_tag whenever you need to output a tag.

You may not like...

Because you will be using vanilla webpack, to install a JS module/package you will need to cd (aka: change directory) to app/webpack_native, then run your yarn add {package-name} or npm install {package-name}

It's not a big deal, but for some... it might be!

Compile for production

Once you are ready to go for production, just run

rails g webpack_native:prod

This is just a shortcut (should we call it so?) to

cd app/webpack_native
npm run build:prod

Which (in itself) is the equivalent of:

cd app/webpack_native
webpack --mode=production

The same command exist for development (in case you need it) just replace :prod by :dev (yep! you guessed it already.)

Gzip and Brotli compression in production

By default, the configuration uses compressionPlugin to compress JS, CSS etc (when compiling for production), so in addition to the minified static files, you will have extra .gz and .br files which will be primarily sent by your server to the user's browser in case it's configured to do so, an example of enabling compression for Nginx would be as follows:

server {
  listen 80;
  server_name www.website.com;
  root /app/public/path;
  # ...
  # ...
  location ~ ^/(webpack_native)/ {
    gzip_static on; # turn on gzip compression (supported out of the box)
    brotli_static on; # add this if you want to support brotli as well (but you need to install brotli module)
    expires max;
    add_header Cache-Control public;

webpack_native use zopfli algorithm to produce gzip files, yep zopfli compression is better than the standard gzip algorithm (while the usage + browsers support are the same) but Brotli compression is by far much better (browsers support is good but not fully!).

In case you want to add Brotli compression to your server, you will need to install brotli module and enable it (in your nginx configuration for example), installation and usage of Brotli module can be found here


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at https://github.com/scratchoo/webpack_native.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.