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Javascript Question

Using acyns/await in Node 6 with Babel

I'm trying to configure Babel for Node v6.9.2. I want to use


Because I'm new to Babel and all Node infrastructure, I confused how to configure it properly:

  • What preset should I use? Node is already implemented most of the ES6 features. So I don't want Babel to transpile features already supported by Node 6.9.x (arrow functions, new import mechanism etc) for performance reasons.

  • What plugins should I include so I can use async/await? There I also confused, because after some researching I found several plugins:
    and some more.

Example of
will help.


Answer Source

What preset should I use?

You don't need to use any preset. Presets are just a collection of plugins which makes it easier to use if you want to transpile a set of features (for instance all ES2015 with preset-es2015). But when you want to transpile only a selection of these features, you only include the corresponding plugins.

What plugins should I include so I can use async/await?

Because Node 6 supports generators, you can use transform-async-to-generator with the following .babelrc:

  "plugins": ["transform-async-to-generator"]

And of course you would need to add plugins if you need to transpile more unsupported features.

Alternative babel-preset-env

babel-preset-env automatically determines what plugins you need for the specified environment. This will not include any plugins that are not necessary. To specify your current Node version you would use this .babelrc:

  "presets": [
    ["env", {
      "targets": {
        "node": "current"
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