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Using webpack with pixi.js
var PIXI = require('pixi.js')
"name": "webpack-pixi",
"version": "1.0.0",
"description": "",
"main": "index.js",
"scripts": {
"test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1"
"author": "",
"license": "ISC",
"dependencies": {
"brfs": "^1.4.1",
"json-loader": "^0.5.4",
"pixi.js": "^3.0.8",
"transform-loader": "^0.2.3",
"webpack": "^1.12.9"
var path = require('path')
var webpack = require('webpack')
// I'm running a very basic command to convert app.js => bundle.js. It looks like:
// webpack app.js bundle.js
module.exports = {
module: {
// The first error I encountered was:
// ERROR in ./~/pixi.js/package.json
// Module parse failed: /Users/michael/Projects/webpack-pixi/node_modules/pixi.js/package.json Line 2: Unexpected token :
// You may need an appropriate loader to handle this file type.
// Apparently something in pixi.js requires its package.json file. So let's
// teach webpack how to load JSON files. We could restrict this to only recognizing
// .json files in the pixi.js directory, but this is a generally useful feature
// that we might need elsewhere in our build.
loaders: [
test: /\.json$/,
// We could restrict using json-loader only on .json files in the
// node_modules/pixi.js directory, but the ability to load .json files
// could be useful elsewhere in our app, so I usually don't.
//include: path.resolve(__dirname, 'node_modules/pixi.js'),
loader: 'json'
// The next errors I encountered were all like:
// ERROR in ./~/pixi.js/src/core/renderers/webgl/filters/FXAAFilter.js
// Module not found: Error: Cannot resolve module 'fs' in /Users/michael/Projects/webpack-pixi/node_modules/pixi.js/src/core/renderers/webgl/filters
// @ ./~/pixi.js/src/core/renderers/webgl/filters/FXAAFilter.js 3:9-22
// Here, webpack is telling us it doesn't recognize the "fs" module. pixi.js
// is using node's fs module to read files from the file system and they're
// expecting people to use Browserify/brfs in order to make this work in
// browsers. They could be much better about this, and we could go and bother
// them to write more portable code. But then we'd have to wait for them to
// cut a new release before we can use their stuff. Isn't there anything we
// can do in the meantime? Can we somehow use the brfs transform?
// Webpack lets us use postLoaders to specify a module loader that runs after
// all other module loaders. In this case, we can use Browserify's brfs
// transform as a final build step. Here, we restrict this loader to files in
// the node_modules/pixi.js directory so it won't slow us down too much.
postLoaders: [
include: path.resolve(__dirname, 'node_modules/pixi.js'),
loader: 'transform?brfs'
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