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A JavaScript refactoring library for emacs.

This is a collection of small refactoring functions to further the idea of a JavaScript IDE in Emacs that started with js2-mode.

Breaking change in 0.6.0

You now choose your own keybinding scheme. If you just want what you had before this change, add this to your init:

(js2r-add-keybindings-with-prefix "C-c C-m")

See Setup keybindings below for more.


I highly recommended installing js2-refactor through elpa.

It's available on melpa:

M-x package-install js2-refactor

You can also install the dependencies on your own, and just dump js2-refactor in your path somewhere:

I also recommend that you get expand-region to more easily mark vars, method calls and functions for refactorings.

Then add this to your emacs settings:

(require 'js2-refactor)

Setup keybindings

All functions in js2-refactor have a two-letter mnemonic shortcut. For instance, extract-function is ef. You get to choose how those are bound. Here's how:

(js2r-add-keybindings-with-prefix "C-c C-m")
;; eg. extract function with `C-c C-m ef`.

If you would rather have a modifier key, instead of a prefix, do:

(js2r-add-keybindings-with-modifier "C-s-")
;; eg. extract function with `C-s-e C-s-f`.

If neither of these appeal to your sense of keyboard layout aesthetics, feel free to pick and choose your own keybindings with a smattering of:

(define-key js2-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-e C-f") 'js2r-extract-function)


  • ef is extract-function: Extracts the marked expressions out into a new named function.
  • em is extract-method: Extracts the marked expressions out into a new named method in an object literal.
  • ip is introduce-parameter: Changes the marked expression to a parameter in a local function.
  • lp is localize-parameter: Changes a parameter to a local var in a local function.
  • eo is expand-object: Converts a one line object literal to multiline.
  • co is contract-object: Converts a multiline object literal to one line.
  • wi is wrap-buffer-in-iife: Wraps the entire buffer in an immediately invoked function expression
  • ig is inject-global-in-iife: Creates a shortcut for a marked global by injecting it in the wrapping immediately invoked function expression
  • ag is add-to-globals-annotation: Creates a /*global */ annotation if it is missing, and adds the var at point to it.
  • ev is extract-var: Takes a marked expression and replaces it with a var.
  • iv is inline-var: Replaces all instances of a variable with its initial value.
  • rv is rename-var: Renames the variable on point and all occurrences in its lexical scope.
  • vt is var-to-this: Changes local var a to be this.a instead.
  • ao is arguments-to-object: Replaces arguments to a function call with an object literal of named arguments.
  • 3i is ternary-to-if: Converts ternary operator to if-statement.
  • sv is split-var-declaration: Splits a var with multiple vars declared, into several var statements.
  • uw is unwrap: Replaces the parent statement with the selected region.

There are also some minor conveniences bundled:

  • C-S-down and C-S-up moves the current line up or down. If the line is an element in an object or array literal, it makes sure that the commas are still correctly placed.


A list of some wanted improvements for the current refactorings.

  • expand- and contract-object: should work for arrays.
  • expand- and contract-object: should work for simple functions.
  • wrap-buffer-in-iife: should skip comments and namespace initializations at buffer start.
  • extract-variable: could end with a query-replace of the expression in its scope.


  • Matt Briggs contributed js2r-add-to-globals-annotation



This project is still in its infancy, and everything isn't quite sorted out yet. If you're eager to contribute, please add an issue here on github and we can discuss your changes a little before diving into the elisp. :-)

To fetch the test dependencies, install carton if you haven't already, then:

$ cd /path/to/expand-region
$ carton

Run the tests with:

$ ./


Copyright (C) 2012-2013 Magnar Sveen

Author: Magnar Sveen Keywords: javascript refactorings

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