How to use ES6 on Webpack

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So you're a brave or curious person who decided to try out to build a webpack configuration from scratch and since before that you've used those push-button-receive-bacon configs you were expecting to be able to use those fancy pants import something from 'module' but hey breaking news: Node doesn't work that way, at least not out of the box.

So here's what you will need to get that thing working:

yarn add babel-{cli,preset-env,core}

That will install babel-cli, babel-preset-env and babel-core now in your folder where you keep you webpack.conf.js or similar plop another .babelrc file. (Yeah, I know ANOTHER) and add the following:

  "presets": [
    ["env", {
      "targets": {
        "node": 4

So basically that tells babel, hey translate your stuff so even Node 4 and upwards can understand modules kthanksbai.

Now adjust your scripts inside your package.json as follows:

  "scripts": {
  "build": "babel-node node_modules/.bin/webpack"

You can rename it accordingly but you get the drill. Basically we are running a version of babel that executes node stuff and it transpiles your stuff as well.

Now just run yarn run build and much wow it works!

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