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Bundling a .zip version of TinyMCE with CommonJS and Webpack

Bundling a .zip archive version of TinyMCE in a project using CommonJS and Webpack

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The following procedure will assist with bundling a .zip version of TinyMCE with Webpack using CommonJS syntax. The procedure assumes the user has experience with Webpack and CommonJS syntax. The following steps provide a working example for bundling a basic TinyMCE configuration with Webpack, and provides links to reference pages at the end of the procedure for bundling additional customizations with the editor.

If TinyMCE will be used with a JavaScript framework (such as React.js, Angular, or Vue.js) the bundle will also require the relevant framework integration package (where available). For a list of supported framework integrations, see: Integrate with other projects.


This guide requires the following:

  • Node.js and npm
  • Basic knowledge of how to use Webpack


  1. Download and unzip the latest version of TinyMCE:

  2. Add the following development dependencies to the project.

    For example:

     npm install --save-dev \
       webpack \
       webpack-cli \
       mini-css-extract-plugin \
       html-webpack-plugin \
  3. Create a new source file for importing the required components from TinyMCE and configuring the editor.

    The following components are required to bundle TinyMCE:

    • The tinymce global
    • The silver theme
    • The default icon pack. It is required, but the default icons can be overridden using a custom or premium icon pack.
    • A skin for styling the user interface, including toolbars and menus. This can be a premium or custom skin.

    The following components are likely required:

    • Content CSS for styling editor content. This can be a community, premium, or custom content CSS.
    • Any plugins to be used with the editor.
    • A custom or premium icon pack to extend or override the default icons for toolbar buttons, including contextual toolbars. This can be a premium or custom icon pack.

    Example src/editor.js

     /* Import TinyMCE */
     var tinymce = require('../tinymce/js/tinymce/tinymce.js');
     /* Default icons are required for TinyMCE 5.3 or above. Also import custom icons if applicable */
     /* A editor theme (required) - customize the editor appearance by creating a 'skin' */
     /* Import the editor skin - replace with a custom skin if applicable. */
     /* Import plugins - include the relevant plugin in the 'plugins' option. */
     /* Import content CSS */
     var contentUiCss = require('../tinymce/js/tinymce/skins/ui/oxide/content.css');
     /* Import the default content CSS, replace with the CSS for the editor content. */
     var contentCss = require('../tinymce/js/tinymce/skins/content/default/content.css');
     /* Initialize TinyMCE */
     exports.render = function () {
         selector: 'textarea#editor',
         /* All plugins need to be imported and added to the plugins option. */
         plugins: 'advlist code emoticons link lists table',
         toolbar: 'bold italic | bullist numlist | link emoticons',
         skin: false,
         content_css: false,
         content_style: contentUiCss.toString() + '\n' + contentCss.toString(),
  4. Update the project Webpack configuration to load the TinyMCE CSS and to optimize the TinyMCE assets.

    Example webpack.config.js

     var path = require('path');
     var MiniCssExtractPlugin = require('mini-css-extract-plugin');
     var HtmlWebpackPlugin = require('html-webpack-plugin');
     module.exports = {
       mode: 'development',
       entry: './src/index.js',
       resolve: {
         extensions: ['.js']
       plugins: [
         new MiniCssExtractPlugin(),
         new HtmlWebpackPlugin({
           title: 'TinyMCE Webpack Demo',
           meta: {viewport: 'width=device-width, initial-scale=1'}
       module: {
         rules: [
             test: /skin\.css$/i,
             use: [MiniCssExtractPlugin.loader, 'css-loader'],
             test: /content\.css$/i,
             loader: 'css-loader',
             options: {
               esModule: false,
       optimization: {
         splitChunks: {
           chunks: 'all',
           cacheGroups: {
             tinymceVendor: {
               test: /[\\/](tinymce)[\\/](.*js|.*skin.css)|[\\/]plugins[\\/]/,
               name: 'tinymce'
       output: {
         filename: '[name].js',
         path: path.resolve(__dirname, 'public'),
         clean: true,
  5. Add the TinyMCE assets and configuration into the project and provide a target element to initialize the editor.

    Example src/index.js

     var editor = require('./editor.js');
     /* Create a parent element for the textarea */
     var parent = document.createElement('p');
     /* Create a textarea with id="editor" for the TinyMCE `selector` option */
     function heading() {
       var element = document.createElement('h1');
       element.innerText = 'TinyMCE Webpack demo';
       return element
     /* Create a textarea with id="editor" for the TinyMCE `selector` option */
     function editorArea() {
       var element = document.createElement('textarea'); = 'editor';
       return element
     /* Add elements to page */
     /* Initialize TinyMCE */
  6. Run Webpack to test the bundle, such as:

     webpack --config webpack.config.js

    If Webpack runs successfully, check that the editor loads in the application. If Webpack fails, review any errors and review the configuration changes in this procedure; you may need to adjust for conflicts or other issues when bundling TinyMCE into an existing project.

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