Bundling an npm version of TinyMCE with ES6 and Webpack

The following procedure will assist with bundling an npm version of TinyMCE with Webpack using ES6+ syntax. The procedure assumes the user has experience with Webpack and ES6+ 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

  • (Optional: For premium features) The latest premium .zip bundle of TinyMCE for including premium plugins


  1. Add tinymce and the following development dependencies to the project.

  2. 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';
    /* Default icons are required for TinyMCE 5.3 or above */
    import 'tinymce/icons/default';
    /* A theme is also required */
    import 'tinymce/themes/silver';
    /* Import the skin */
    import 'tinymce/skins/ui/oxide/skin.css';
    /* Import plugins */
    import 'tinymce/plugins/advlist';
    import 'tinymce/plugins/code';
    import 'tinymce/plugins/emoticons';
    import 'tinymce/plugins/emoticons/js/emojis';
    import 'tinymce/plugins/link';
    import 'tinymce/plugins/lists';
    import 'tinymce/plugins/table';
    /* 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/skins/ui/oxide/content.css';
    import contentCss from '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(),
  3. Update the project Webpack configuration to load the TinyMCE CSS and to optimize the TinyMCE assets.

    Example webpack.config.js

    const path = require('path');
    const MiniCssExtractPlugin = require('mini-css-extract-plugin');
    const 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,
            use: ['css-loader'],
      optimization: {
        splitChunks: {
          chunks: 'all',
          cacheGroups: {
            tinymceVendor: {
              test: /[\/]node_moduleslink:tinymce[\/]link:.*js|.*skin.css[\/]|[\/]plugins[\/]/,
              name: 'tinymce'
      output: {
        filename: '[name].js',
        path: path.resolve(__dirname, 'dist'),
        clean: true,
  4. 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';
    function heading() {
      const element = document.createElement('h1');
      element.innerText = 'TinyMCE Webpack demo';
      return element;
    const parent = document.createElement('p');
    function editorArea() {
      const element = document.createElement('textarea');
      element.id = 'editor';
      return element;
  5. 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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