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@babel/preset-env conflicts with @babel/plugin-transform-runtime when using core-js@3 #10271

awthwathje opened this issue Jul 26, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Jul 26, 2019

Bug Report

Current Behavior
@babel/preset-env can't be used alongside @babel/plugin-transform-runtime for polyfilling. Or maybe it can, but no idea how.

Expected behavior/code
@babel/preset-env and @babel/plugin-transform-runtime work nicely together. Or the opposite should be documented.

Babel Configuration (.babelrc, package.json, cli command)

  "plugins": [
        "useBuiltIns": true
        "corejs": false
  "presets": [
        "debug": true,
        "modules": false,
        "exclude": [
        "useBuiltIns": "usage",
        "corejs": "3.1"


node 10.16
last 4 chrome versions
last 4 firefox versions
last 4 edge versions
last 2 safari versions
ie 11
not dead


  • Babel version(s): 7.1.0
  • Node/npm version: 10.16
  • OS: Debian 10
  • Monorepo: no
  • How you are using Babel: loader

Possible Solution
Make it clear how @babel/plugin-transform-runtime and @babel/preset-env interfere with each other when using core-js@3.

Additional context/Screenshots
Hello. This is a follow-up of a zeit/next.js#8104 issue suggested by @Timer.

I've struggled to make my Next.js project to work nicely in IE 11. I wanted to use @babel/preset-env and core-js@3 for polyfilling the missing ES features, but seems like @babel/plugin-transform-runtime also does perform some polyfilling/transformation, even when provided with corejs: false option.

One problematic feature is es.object.assign. If @babel/plugin-transform-runtime is enabled,
@babel/preset-env will never try to polyfill it, even if it's directly imported from core-js in the code.

Can you please explain if both @babel/preset-env and @babel/plugin-transform-runtime could/should be used together? The documentation is scarce and it's all very confusing at this moment.


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commented Jul 26, 2019

Hey @awthwathje! We really appreciate you taking the time to report an issue. The collaborators on this project attempt to help as many people as possible, but we're a limited number of volunteers, so it's possible this won't be addressed swiftly.

If you need any help, or just have general Babel or JavaScript questions, we have a vibrant Slack community that typically always has someone willing to help. You can sign-up here for an invite.


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commented Aug 16, 2019

I'm pretty sure clarification of this shouldn't take much time, but will help community tremendously. @JLHwung, @nicolo-ribaudo, can you guys maybe check this quickly and respond please?

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