Webpack plugin to externalize WordPress dependencies

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import automatticWordpressExternalDependenciesPlugin from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@automattic/wordpress-external-dependencies-plugin';



This webpack plugin serves two purposes:

  • Externalize dependencies that are available as script dependencies on modern WordPress sites.
  • Add a JSON file for each entrypoint that declares the WordPress script dependencies for the entrypoint.

This allows JavaScript bundles produced by webpack to leverage WordPress style dependency sharing without an error-prone process of manually maintaining a dependency list.

Consult the webpack website for additional information on webpack concepts.



Use this plugin as you would other webpack plugins:

// webpack.config.js
const WordPressExternalDependenciesPlugin = require( '@automattic/wordpress-external-dependencies-plugin' );

module.exports = {
  // …snip
  plugins: [
    new WordPressExternalDependenciesPlugin(),

Each entrypoint in the webpack bundle will include JSON file that declares the WordPress script dependencies that should be enqueued.

For example:

// Source file entrypoint.js
import { Component } from '@wordpress/element';

// Webpack will produce the output output/entrypoint.js
/* bundle JS output */

// Webpack will also produce output/entrypoint.deps.json declaring script dependencies


Enqueue your script as usual and read the script dependencies dynamically:

$script_path      = 'path/to/script.js';
$script_deps_path = 'path/to/script.deps.json';
$script_dependencies = file_exists( $script_deps_path )
    ? json_decode( file_get_contents( $script_deps_path ) )
    : array();
$script_url = plugins_url( $script_path, __FILE__ );
wp_enqueue_script( 'script', $script_url, $script_dependencies );