Bundling a .zip version of TinyMCE with CommonJS and Browserify

The following procedure will assist with bundling a .zip version of TinyMCE with Browserify using CommonJS syntax. The procedure assumes the user has experience with Browserify and CommonJS syntax. The following steps provide a working example for bundling a basic TinyMCE configuration with Browserify, 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: Installing TinyMCE.


This guide requires the following:

  • Node.js and npm

  • Basic knowledge of how to use Browserify


  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 dom model

    • The default icon pack. This is always 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 community, premium or custom skin.

    • A content skin for styling UI features within the content such as table and image resizing. This can be a community, premium or custom skin.

    The global must be first, the rest can be in any order.

    Additional components that are optional but recommended:

    • Content CSS for styling editor content. There are community and premium style skins available, or use custom content CSS.

    • 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

    const fs = require('fs');
    /* Import TinyMCE */
    const tinymce = require('../tinymce/js/tinymce/tinymce.js');
    /* Default icons are required. After that, import custom icons if applicable */
    /* Required TinyMCE components */
    /* Import a skin (can be a custom skin instead of the default) */
    /* Import plugins - include the relevant plugin in the 'plugins' option. */
    /* content UI CSS is required */
    const contentUiSkinCss = fs.readFileSync('tinymce/js/tinymce/skins/ui/oxide/content.css', { encoding: 'UTF-8' });
    /* The default content CSS can be changed or replaced with appropriate CSS for the editor content. */
    const contentCss = fs.readFileSync('tinymce/js/tinymce/skins/content/default/content.css', { encoding: 'UTF-8' });
    /* Initialize TinyMCE */
    exports.render = () => {
        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: contentUiSkinCss.toString() + '\n' + contentCss.toString(),
  4. Add the TinyMCE assets and configuration into the project and provide a target element to initialize the editor.

    Example src/main.js

    const editor = require('./editor.js');
    /* Create a textarea with id="editor" for the TinyMCE `selector` option */
    const editorArea = () => {
      var element = document.createElement('textarea');
      element.id = 'editor';
      return element
    /* Create a parent element for the textarea */
    const parent = document.createElement('p');
    /* Add elements to page */
    /* Initialize TinyMCE */

    Example demo.html

    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html lang="en">
        <meta charset="UTF-8">
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
        <title>TinyMCE Browserify Demo</title>
        <h1>TinyMCE Browserify Demo</h1>
        <script src="main.bundle.js"></script>
  5. Run Browserify to test the bundle, such as:

    browserify -t brfs -g browserify-css src/main.js -o dist/main.bundle.js

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