Candroid Candroid - 2 months ago 21x
React JSX Question

How to minimize the size of webpack's bundle?

I'm writing a web app using

as my module bundler.
code is really light so far, the size of the entire folder is 25 kb.

created from
is 2.2 mb though. After running the optimization with the
flag, it reduces the bundle to 700kb, which is still extremely big.

I have looked into the
file and its size is 130kb.

Is it possible that the webpack produces such big files or am I doing something wrong?


var path = require('path');
var webpack = require('webpack');

module.exports = {
entry: './public/components/main.jsx',
output: {
path: __dirname + "/public",
filename: 'bundle.js'
module: {
loaders: [{
test: /.jsx?$/,
loader: 'babel-loader',
exclude: /node_modules/,
query: {
presets: ['es2015', 'react']
}, {
test: /\.css$/,
loader: "style!css"



"name": "XChange",
"version": "0.0.0",
"private": true,
"scripts": {
"start": "node ./bin/www"
"main": "./bin/www",
"devDependencies": {
"body-parser": "~1.13.2",
"cookie-parser": "~1.3.5",
"debug": "~2.2.0",
"express": "~4.13.1",
"jade": "~1.11.0",
"morgan": "~1.6.1",
"serve-favicon": "~2.3.0",
"react-dom": "~0.14.3",
"react": "~0.14.3",
"webpack": "~1.12.9",
"babel-loader": "~6.2.0",
"babel-core": "~6.2.1",
"babel-preset-react": "~6.1.18",
"babel-preset-es2015": "~6.1.18",
"react-bootstrap": "~0.28.1",
"material-ui": "~0.14.0-rc1",
"history": "~1.13.1",
"react-router": "~1.0.2",
"style-loader": "~0.13.0",
"css-loader": "~0.18.0"
"dependencies": {
"express-validator": "~2.18.0",
"mongoose": "~4.2.9",
"kerberos": "~0.0.17",
"bcrypt": "~0.8.5"


According to your comments you are using material-ui and react-bootstrap. Those dependencies are bundled by webpack along with your react and react-dom packages. Any time you require or import a package it is bundled as part of your bundle file.

And here it comes my guess. You are probably importing the react-bootstrap and material-ui components using the library way:

import { Button } from 'react-bootstrap';
import { FlatButton } from 'material-ui';

This is nice and handy but it does not only bundles Button and FlatButton (and their dependencies) but the whole libraries.

One way to alleviate it is to try to only import or require what is needed, lets say the component way. Using the same example:

import Button from 'react-bootstrap/lib/Button';
import FlatButton from 'material-ui/lib/flat-button';

This will only bundle Button, FlatButton and their respective dependencies. But not the whole library. So I would try to get rid of all your library imports and use the component way instead.

If you are not using lot of components then it should reduce considerably the size of your bundled file.

As further explanation:

When you are using the library way you are importing all these react-bootstrap and all these material-ui components, regardless which ones you are actually using.