A toolkit for working with ABC News projects

Usage no npm install needed!

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  import abcnewsAunty from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@abcnews/aunty';



A toolkit for working with ABC News projects


To use the CLI to create new projects, install the latest aunty release globally:

npm install --global @abcnews/aunty

Projects based on aunty's project templates already have aunty listed as a local dependency, locked to the version used to create it.


For usage instructions, run aunty with no arguments, or for details on specific commands, run:

aunty help <command>

The CLI contains four types of command, grouped by purpose:

  • Creating new projects (new, init)
  • Generating stuff (generate) like components
  • Developing projects (clean, build, serve, test)
  • Deploying (un)versioned projects (deploy, release)

Starting projects

When creating new projects, you should be using the global aunty:

/some/parent/directory $ aunty new

or, from within a (preferably empty) directory:

/some/parent/directory/my-project $ aunty init

Developing projects

When working inside a project directory that has the aunty dependency installed, you'll automatically be running that local aunty:

/some/parent/directory/my-project $ aunty <build|serve|...> [options]

This ensures that any changes to future versions of aunty won't impact your project, and you can manually update the local aunty when you're ready to accommodate those changes.

Project-level commands can use an optional configuration, which you can either export from a project-level aunty.config.js file:

module.exports = {
  type: '<project_type>',
  // aunty command configuration
  build: {…},
  serve: {…},
  deploy: {…},
  // internal tools configuration
  babel: {…},
  jest: {…},
  webpack: {…},
  webpackDevServer: {…}

...or add to your package.json file as an aunty property:

"aunty": {
  "type": "<project_type>",
  "build": {…},
  "serve": {…},
  "deploy": {…},
  "babel": {…},
  "jest": {…},
  "webpack": {…},
  "webpackDevServer": {…}

Supported project types (currently: basic, preact, react & svelte) have their own default build configuration, but you can override it by extending your project configuration.

The build, serve and deploy properties allow you to override the default settings for those respective commands.

Aunty uses some tools internally, which you can also provide custom configuration for. If you supply an object for the babel, jest, webpack, and/or webpackDevServer properties, that object will be merged into the default configuration. Optionally, you can supply a function (for any property), which will be passed the default configuration for you to manually modify and return.

If you're looking to see what the default configuration is for any command (and their internal tools), or the impact of your additions, you can always perform a dry run of the command by using the --dry (or -d) flag:

/some/parent/directory/my-project $ aunty serve --dry

Overrides should be used sparingly, as the advantages of using a single-dependency toolkit are most apparent when we don't deviate far from the defaults.

If you don't need to override any of the project defaults, your entire aunty configuration can be a string containing the project type, as a shorthand for {type: "<project_type>"}. type is the only required property in your aunty configuration.


Aunty comes with a few basic generators. Run aunty generate --help for the full list, or aunty generate <generator> --help for further details.


One way to add async/await and generators/yield to your project is with the regenerator-runtime package.

npm install regenerator-runtime and then:

import 'regenerator-runtime/runtime';

Note: You may also need a Promise polyfill for IE11.

Multiple entry points

By default Aunty looks for index.js in src/. Enable multiple entry points by adding a build::entry config to aunty.config.js.

Replace 'index' with 'story'

module.exports = {
  build: {
    entry: 'story' // will now also support `['story']`

Replace 'index' with 'story', 'editor', 'graphic' & 'polyfills'

module.exports = {
  build: {
    entry: ['story', 'editor', 'graphic', 'polyfills']

Retain 'index'; add 'editor', 'graphic' & 'polyfills'

module.exports = {
  build: {
    entry: ['index', 'editor', 'graphic', 'polyfills']



This project was originally inspired by nwb, a React/Preact/Inferno toolkit by Jonny Buchanan. If you're looking to develop your own toolkit, Jonny's created a fantastic guide to get you started.