Bundling a .zip version of TinyMCE with ES6 and Rollup.js

The following procedure will assist with bundling a .zip version of TinyMCE with Rollup.js using ES6+ syntax. The procedure assumes the user has experience with Rollup.js and ES6+ syntax. The following steps provide a working example for bundling a basic TinyMCE configuration with Rollup.js, 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 Rollup.js


  1. Download and unzip the latest version of TinyMCE:

  2. Add the following development dependencies to the project.

  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 */
    import tinymce from '../tinymce/js/tinymce/tinymce';
    /* Default icons are required for TinyMCE 5.3 or above */
    import '../tinymce/js/tinymce/icons/default/icons';
    /* A theme is also required */
    import '../tinymce/js/tinymce/themes/silver/theme';
    /* Import the skin */
    import '../tinymce/js/tinymce/skins/ui/oxide/skin.css';
    /* Import plugins */
    import '../tinymce/js/tinymce/plugins/advlist/plugin';
    import '../tinymce/js/tinymce/plugins/code/plugin';
    import '../tinymce/js/tinymce/plugins/emoticons/plugin';
    import '../tinymce/js/tinymce/plugins/emoticons/js/emojis';
    import '../tinymce/js/tinymce/plugins/link/plugin';
    import '../tinymce/js/tinymce/plugins/lists/plugin';
    import '../tinymce/js/tinymce/plugins/table/plugin';
    /* Import premium plugins */
    /* NOTE: Download separately and add these to /src/plugins */
    /* import './plugins/checklist/plugin'; */
    /* import './plugins/powerpaste/plugin'; */
    /* import './plugins/powerpaste/js/wordimport'; */
    /* Import content css */
    import contentUiCss from '../tinymce/js/tinymce/skins/ui/oxide/content.css';
    import contentCss from '../tinymce/js/tinymce/skins/content/default/content.css';
    /* Initialize TinyMCE */
    export function render () {
        selector: 'textarea#editor',
        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 Rollup.js configuration to load the TinyMCE CSS.

    Example rollup.config.js

    import postcss from 'rollup-plugin-postcss';
    import commonjs from '@rollup/plugin-commonjs';
    export default {
      input: 'src/index.js',
      plugins: [
          include: "*/skin.css",
          inject: false,
          extract: true
          include: "*/content.css",
          inject: false,
          extract: false
      output: {
        file: 'public/main.bundle.js',
        format: 'umd'
  5. Add the TinyMCE assets and configuration into the project and provide a target element to initialize the editor.

    Example src/index.js

    import * as editor from './editor';
    const parent = document.createElement('p');
    function editorArea() {
      const element = document.createElement('textarea');
      element.id = 'editor';
      return element

    Example demo.html

    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html lang="en">
        <meta charset="UTF-8"></meta>
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1"></meta>
        <title>TinyMCE Rollup Demo</title>
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="main.bundle.css"></link>
        <script src="main.bundle.js"></script>
  6. Run Rollup.js to test the bundle, such as:

     rollup --config

    If Rollup.js runs successfully, check that the editor loads in the application. If Rollup.js 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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