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There current documentation in this section does not adequately explain how to create custom bundles.
Please make sure to read the section Development and that you have installed
all development dependencies (long story short, you should be able to just run
The generated distribution files are all placed in the
The Converse repository does not include
dist directory by default.
To generate the
When you’re developing, and constantly changing code, you can run
to let the bundles be automatically generated as soon as you edit a file.
If you’re on Windows or don’t have GNU Make installed, you can run
to build all the distribution files.
One reason you might want to create your own bundles, is because you want to remove some of the core plugins of Converse, or perhaps you want to include your own.
To add or remove plugins from the build, you need to modify the src/converse.js file.
You’ll find a section marked
/* START: Removable components and
/* END: Removable components */.
In this section is listed the Converse plugins that will make up a bundle.
You could for example decide to disable the ControlBox altogether by removing
After doing so, you need to run
make dist again in the root or your
Converse repository, in order to generate the new build.
Be aware that some plugins might have dependencies on other plugins, so if you remove a certain plugin but other included plugins still depend on it, then it will still be included in your build.
To see which other plugins a particular plugin depends on, open it up in your
text editor and look at the list specified as the second parameter to the
define call, near the top of the file. This list specifies the dependencies
of that plugin.
Besides the standard build, the Converse repository includes configuration for certain other non-standard builds, which we’ll now mention below.
dist/converse-no-dependencies.js bundle contains only the core Converse
code and none of the 3rd party dependencies. This might be useful if you need
to load the dependencies separately.
To generate this bundle, you can run:
make dist/converse-no-dependencies.js make dist/converse-no-dependencies.min.js
Converse also has a special build called the headless build.
You can generate it by running
The headless build is a bundle of all the non-UI parts of Converse, and its aim is to provide you with an XMPP library (and application) on which you can build your own UI.
It’s also installable as @converse/headless.
The main distribution of Converse relies on the headless build.
The file src/headless/headless.js is used to determine which plugins are included in the build.