Build nebula.js visualization.

Usage no npm install needed!

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Build nebula.js visualization.


npm install @nebula.js/cli @nebula.js/cli-build -g


nebula build

Build nebula.js visualization

  --version        Show version number                                 [boolean]
  --config, -c     Path to JSON config file
                                          [string] [default: "nebula.config.js"]
  --watch, -w      Watch source files                 [boolean] [default: false]
  --sourcemap, -m  Generate source map                 [boolean] [default: true]
  --mode           Explicitly set mode
                                 [string] [choices: "production", "development"]
  --core           Set a core build target            [string] [default: "core"]
  --typescript     Enable typescript bundling         [boolean] [default: false]


Configuration file

Build the bundle with a nebula configuration json file in a new path

nebula build --config config/my-nebula-config.js

In the config file, build properties:

  • Version
  • Sourcemap
  • Mode
  • Core
  • Typescript

The following code in a config file demonstrates an example to set the nebula build configuration.

const path = require('path');
const defaultTheme = require('yourThemeProject/theme.json');
const targetPkg = require(path.resolve(process.cwd(), 'package.json'));
const replacementStrings = {
  'process.env.PACKAGE_VERSION': JSON.stringify(targetPkg.version),
const mode = process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production' ? 'production' : 'development';
const sourcemap = mode !== 'production';

module.exports = {
  build: {
    core: 'core',
    typescript: true,

Watch files

Rebuild the bundle when files in /src folder have been change on the disk

nebula build --watch

Source map

Build the bundle without a source map file - .js.map file

nebula build --sourcemap false

A source map is a file that maps from the bundled source file to the original source files, enabling the browser to reconstruct and present the original source code in the debugger. So if there is an error in a file in the /dist directory, the source map can tell you the original source file location.

Basically, source map is helpful for debugging and should be removed for production.


Bundle is not minified in the development mode

nebula build --mode development

And minified in the production mode

nebula build --mode production

Core build

You can export only the esm bundle by adding --core parameter.

To achieve that, you need to add a package.json file in the /core directory. In the package.json file, a module field which specifies the output file from the build is required:

"module": "dist/hello.esm.js",

The package.json can also have a different list of peerDependencies changing what dependencies are included in the output file.

Then run the following command:

nebula build --core

The code is exported into /core directory

When you want to specify your directory instead of the default one, you can move that package.json file into your directory and run the following command:

nebula build --core minimal/target

The code is exported into /minimal/target directory

Tips: In the package.json file, the main field makes sure that Node users using require can be served the umd version. The module field is a common convention to designate how to import an esm version of your code.


With this option you can enable typescript bundling of your code. Add a tsconfig.json file to configure typescript to your own preferences.

nebula build --typescript