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A babel-plugin-macro that allows you to import all files that match a glob

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The problem

You want to import all files that match a glob without having to import them individually.

This solution

This is a babel-plugin-macro which allows you to import files that match a glob. It supports import statements for synchronous resolution as well as dynamic import() for deferred resolution (for code splitting with react router for example).

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This module is distributed via npm which is bundled with node and should be installed as one of your project's devDependencies:

npm install --save-dev import-all.macro


Once you've configured babel-plugin-macros you can import/require import-all.macro.

The importAll functions accept a glob and will transpile your code to import statements/dynamic imports for each file that matches the given glob.

Let's imagine you have a directory called my-files with the files a.js, b.js, c.js, and d.js.

Here are a few before/after examples:

importAll uses dynamic import: README:1 importAll uses dynamic import

import importAll from 'import-all.macro'

document.getElementById('load-stuff').addEventListener('click', () => {
  importAll('./files/*.js').then(all => {

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document.getElementById('load-stuff').addEventListener('click', () => {
    .then(function importAllHandler(importVals) {
      return {
        './files/a.js': importVals[0],
        './files/b.js': importVals[1],
        './files/c.js': importVals[2],
        './files/d.js': importVals[3],
    .then(all => {

importAll.sync uses static imports: README:2 importAll.sync uses static imports

import importAll from 'import-all.macro'

const a = importAll.sync('./files/*.js')

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import * as _filesAJs from './files/a.js'
import * as _filesBJs from './files/b.js'
import * as _filesCJs from './files/c.js'
import * as _filesDJs from './files/d.js'

const a = {
  './files/a.js': _filesAJs,
  './files/b.js': _filesBJs,
  './files/c.js': _filesCJs,
  './files/d.js': _filesDJs,

importAll.deferred gives an object with dynamic imports: README:3 importAll.deferred gives an object with dynamic imports

import importAll from 'import-all.macro'

const routes = importAll.deferred('./files/*.js')

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const routes = {
  './files/a.js': function() {
    return import('./files/a.js')
  './files/b.js': function() {
    return import('./files/b.js')
  './files/c.js': function() {
    return import('./files/c.js')
  './files/d.js': function() {
    return import('./files/d.js')


Some static analysis tools (like ESLint, Flow, and Jest) wont like this very much without a little additional work. So Jest's watch mode may not pick up all your tests that are relevant based on changes and some ESLint plugins (like eslint-plugin-import) will probably fail on this.


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Other Solutions

I'm not aware of any, if you are please make a pull request and add it here!


Thanks goes to these people (emoji key):

Kent C. Dodds

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Jonathan Neal


Rafał Ruciński

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