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Resolver spec (v2)

Resolvers must export two names:

interfaceVersion => Number

This document currently describes version 2 of the resolver interface. As such, a resolver implementing this version should

export const interfaceVersion = 2


exports.interfaceVersion = 2

To the extent it is feasible, trailing versions of the resolvers will continue to be supported, at least until a major version bump on the plugin proper.

Currently, version 1 is assumed if no interfaceVersion is available. (didn't think to define it until v2, heh. 😅)

resolve(source, file, config) => { found: Boolean, path: String? }


// /some/path/to/module.js
import ... from './imported-file'


# .eslintrc.yml
    my-cool-resolver: [some, stuff]
    node: { paths: [a, b, c] }


The arguments provided will be:


the module identifier (./imported-file).


the absolute path to the file making the import (/some/path/to/module.js)


an object provided via the import/resolver setting. my-cool-resolver will get ["some", "stuff"] as its config, while node will get { "paths": ["a", "b", "c"] } provided as config.

Return value

The first resolver to return {found: true} is considered the source of truth. The returned object has:

  • found: true if the source module can be resolved relative to file, else false
  • path: an absolute path String if the module can be located on the filesystem; else, null.

An example of a null path is a Node core module, such as fs or crypto. These modules can always be resolved, but the path need not be provided as the plugin will not attempt to parse core modules at this time.

If the resolver cannot resolve source relative to file, it should just return { found: false }. No path key is needed in this case.


Here is most of the Node resolver at the time of this writing. It is just a wrapper around substack/Browserify's synchronous resolve:

var resolve = require('resolve')

exports.resolve = function (source, file, config) {
  if (resolve.isCore(source)) return { found: true, path: null }
  try {
    return { found: true, path: resolve.sync(source, opts(file, config)) }
  } catch (err) {
    return { found: false }