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Usage with module loaders

How to use TinyMCE in a project using a module bundler like Webpack or Browserify

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TinyMCE can easily be installed with npm and used with module loaders such as Webpack and Browserify.

First decide how to load your modules.

ES2015 modules

If you are using ES2015 modules, a simple example could look something like this.

// Import TinyMCE
import tinymce from 'tinymce/tinymce';

// Default icons are required for TinyMCE 5.3 or above
import 'tinymce/icons/default';

// A theme is also required
import 'tinymce/themes/silver';

// Any plugins you want to use has to be imported
import 'tinymce/plugins/paste';
import 'tinymce/plugins/link';

// Initialize the app
  selector: '#tiny',
  plugins: ['paste', 'link']

CommonJS modules

The example is nearly the same if you are using CommonJS modules. However, a different require function is used to import the dependencies.

// Import TinyMCE
var tinymce = require('tinymce/tinymce');

// Default icons are required for TinyMCE 5.3 or above

// A theme is also required

// Any plugins you want to use has to be imported

// Initialize the app
  selector: '#tiny',
  plugins: ['paste', 'link']

Getting the skin

A skin consists of some fonts and CSS files used by the editor and TinyMCE will not work without them. By default TinyMCE looks for these files in a /skins directory located in your root directory. This can be configured in the init object.

The quickest way to get started is to copy the skin that comes packaged with TinyMCE. This skin is located in node_modules/tinymce/skins - either manually copy the files in finder/file explorer or use the terminal:

macOS and Linux

cp -r node_modules/tinymce/skins skins


xcopy /I /E node_modules/tinymce/skins skins

Webpack file-loader

Another option when using Webpack is to use the file loader together with the require.context function to copy the skins directory by adding these lines before the call to the TinyMCE init function:


This copies the skins directory from node_modules/tinymce to your output directory as defined in your Webpack configuration. This is useful as you can easily move the output directory of your build without having to copy over the skins folder manually - webpack will take care of it for you.

Minification with UglifyJS2

Another popular JS minification tool, UglifyJS2, will corrupt TinyMCE unless ascii-only is set.

This can happen when it is used directly or through module bundler. In Webpack, -p CLI option cannot be used to bundle TinyMCE, and instead, you’ll need to configure minification explicitly:

plugins: [
  new webpack.optimize.UglifyJsPlugin({
      output: {
        "ascii_only": true

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