Writing Elixir Extensions


Occasionally you will need to extend Webpack in ways not supported by ColdBox Elixir. In these moments, you can provide your own configuration using the mergeConfig method.

const elixir = require("coldbox-elixir");

    // custom webpack config goes here

The mergeConfig method will merge the object provided with the existing Webpack config using the excellent webpack-merge library.

Custom Ingredients

Ingredients are the name for the methods available on the mix object. You can add an ingredient to your Elixir instance like so:

const elixir = require("coldbox-elixir");

elixir.config.addIngredient("nameOfIngredient", () => {
    // function to run when called (mix.nameOfIngredient());
    // any parameters passed to the `mix.nameOfIngredient()` call will be available in the function.
    // The `this` scope refers to the ElixirConfig object, so methods like `this.mergeConfig` are available.

The main use cases for using an ingredient over custom config are:

  1. Need to call multiple times each time for different file(s)

  2. Want to re-use across projects

Especially in the second case, feel free to publish the ingredient on NPM if you feel it could be useful to other developers.

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