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guideCKEditor 4 WYSIWYG Editor Webpack Integration

A working sample of the webpack integration is provided through the ckeditor4-webpack-template GitHub template repository. It can be used as a quick starting point for your project.

Integrating CKEditor 4 with webpack requires a few simple steps to prepare a correct webpack configuration for a working bundle.

# Basic Webpack Integration

In order to use CKEditor 4 with webpack, create a new project:

mkdir ckeditor4-webpack
cd ckeditor4-webpack
npm init -y

After creating the project, install the necessary development dependencies:

npm install --save-dev ckeditor4 webpack webpack-cli

After installing, create the webpack configuration in the webpack.config.js file. A configuration example is presented below:

'use strict';

const path = require( 'path' );

module.exports = {
    mode: 'production',
    devtool: 'source-map',

    entry: path.resolve( __dirname, 'src', 'index.js' ),

    output: {
        path: path.resolve( __dirname, 'dist' ),
        filename: 'app.js',
        libraryTarget: 'umd'

The next step is creating the source code, which will be contained in two files: src/basePath.js and src/index.js. The main file, src/index.js, should look like below:

import './basePath.js';
import 'ckeditor4';

// Insert your code here.
// The code below is an example of using CKEditor 4.
CKEDITOR.replace( 'app', {
    extraPlugins: 'iframe'
} );

The remaining file, src/basePath.js, will be used to set the correct path to CKEditor 4:

window.CKEDITOR_BASEPATH = '/node_modules/ckeditor4/';

This variable needs to be in a separate file that has to be loaded before the ckeditor4 package. This is needed to bypass the way in which webpack works, moving all imports before the code containing them.

Please note that such approach requires deploying the node_modules/ckeditor4/ directory with the rest of the application. To avoid that, you can use the ckeditor4-webpack-template GitHub template repository which copies all the necessary files directly to the dist/ directory.

The final step is to build the application containing CKEditor 4 WYSIWYG editor:

npx webpack

The bundled code will appear in the dist/app.js file. It can be used on a webpage like a normal script:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <html lang="en">
            <meta charset="UTF-8">
            <title>CKEditor 4 webpack sample</title>
            <div id="app"></div>

            <script src="<path to your project>/dist/app.js"></script>

# CKEditor 4 Webpack Integration Template

A more complex integration, featuring transpiling the code with Babel and minimizing with Terser, is available in the dedicated ckeditor4-webpack-template GitHub template repository. It can be used as a starting point for web application projects.