Generating builds


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 make dev)

Creating JavaScript and CSS bundles and distribution files

Converse uses webpack to create the final JavaScript and CSS distribution files.

The generated distribution files are all placed in the ./dist directory. The Converse repository does not include dist directory by default.

To generate the ./dist directory and all CSS and JavaScript bundles, simply run make dist.

When you’re developing, and constantly changing code, you can run make watch 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 npm build to build all the distribution files.

Creating custom bundles

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 the converse-controlbox plugin.

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.

Excluding all 3rd party dependencies

The 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

Headless build

Converse also has a special build called the headless build.

You can generate it by running make dist/converse-headless.js

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.