When we use webpack to generate our bundles in many cases in our development environment it is convenient to show information about the size of each module, the bundles themselves, the time it takes to carry out the process, if we are transpiling the code through babel for example or using postcss to preprocess our style sheets.

The options that we currently have to be able to show this information are made through webpack plugins. I will give three simple alternatives to be able to show this type of information.

webpack-dashboard

This dashboard was created by formidable.com a good option that show information about:

  • Log: the error log of the building process
  • Status: status of the building process
  • Operation: shows the specific operation that is performed in the building process
  • Progress: live building progress
  • Module: a list of your modules, their size and percentage with respect to the size of the bundle
  • Assets: list of generated assets

If you normally use webpack with webpack-dev-server or webpack-dev-middleware you will be used to seeing something like this: webpack dashboard common example

webpack-dashboard was created by Ken Wheeler It looks like this :) webpack dashboard screen shot

Here you can see it in action webpack dashboard in action

Installing it is quite simple:

npm install webpack-dashboard --save-dev

Then we add the plugin to our webpack configuration

// Import the plugin:
var DashboardPlugin = require('webpack-dashboard/plugin');

// If you aren't using express, add it to your webpack configs plugins section:
plugins: [
    new DashboardPlugin()
]

// If you are using an express based dev server, add it with compiler.apply
compiler.apply(new DashboardPlugin());

Now we have to call webpack-dashboard from your package.json. If your dev server looks like this.

"scripts": {
    "dev": "node index.js"
}

We must change it for this.

"scripts": {
    "dev": "webpack-dashboard -- node index.js"
}

To see more information about the configuration you can see the project in github

As I said before, I think the proposal to have a dashboard to obtain relevant information about our projects seems very good. Here I leave some tweets that were written at the time of its release.









webpack progressBar plugin

This is another option that is quite simple but when you work on a large project and the building time increases, even if it is to show a progress bar, it improves the developer experience a lot.

webpack progressbar plugin


To install it we need to execute:

npm install progress-bar-webpack-plugin --save-dev

Then add it as a plugin in our webpack configuration file:

var ProgressBarPlugin = require('progress-bar-webpack-plugin');

...

plugins: [
  new ProgressBarPlugin()
]

You can see the project in github to see more configuration options.

webpack progress plugin

And finally, if you want to have something even simpler or more custom, we can use the progressplugin provisto por webpack .

That is basically inserted as a plugin in our webpack configuration file.

new webpack.ProgressPlugin(function handler(percentage, msg) {/* ... */})

We can use this hook to show progress information, where the percentage is a value between 0 and 1 that indicates the completeness of the process.

For example, we can use it in the following way:

  new webpack.ProgressPlugin((percentage, msg) => {
    process.stdout.clearLine();
    process.stdout.write(` \u00BB building bundles: ${(percentage * 100.00).toFixed(2)} % => ${msg}\r`);
  })

In this case I want to show the information in a single line so I use \r.

And this example can look like this:

building bundles