A simple packager for Node mono-repo
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Mixt - Mono-repo manager

A simple packager for handling your mono-repo of Node packages.

Mixt allows you to handle your mono-repo with close to no boilerplate, and without worrying about extra steps.

Run any build or watch pipeline in your sub-packages, and gracefully handle the release process.

Project structure

A Mixt project follows a very simple project structure. At the root, it looks like any other NPM package, with a package.json file and a node_modules folder.

We then add a packages folder which will be holding our actual packages.

While using Mixt, you only ever have to worry about what's inside the packages folder: that's all you. For the rest, let us take care of it.

Your project structure should look like this:

    packages/       <-- Your packages go here

Command Line Tool

Mixt offers a CLI utility that takes care of most common tasks about package handling: initializing the mono-repo, creating a new package, building, publishing... Everything is exposed through the mixt command.

You can install the command by running:

npm install -g @mixt/core

From there, you obtain access to the following commands. For a more thorough explanations of all commands, refer to the command help page

Note: if you had been using the previous Mixt version from the mixt package, make sure to run npm rm -g mixt before installing @mixt/core

Monorepo Management commands:

Mixt provides a set of CLI commands for managing your monorepo.

mixt init :

Initializes a repository following Mixt's structure. It calls npm init internally for you.

mixt add [source] <package> :

Adds a new package to your sources. There again, it calls npm init from within the new package's root directory.

If the source parameter is omitted, the package will be added to the first source folder configured.

To learn more about source folders, refer to Customizing the structure

mixt list :

List all packages handled by Mixt and display basic information about them

mixt hoist [packages...] :

Get all Mixt-managed packages and add them to the root's package.json as file: dependency

If you specify a list of packages names as variadic argument, only those packages will be hoisted.

Cross-packages script handling commands:

Mixt makes it easy to run commands in one or multiple managed packages.

mixt run <script> [packages...] :

Go through all managed packages (or packages given to the command), and execute the given NPM script if found.

All packages are checked sequentially, so only one script ever runs at a time.

mixt exec <command> [packages...] :

Behaves just like mixt run, but takes a bash command to run in each packages instead of an NPM script name.

Shorthands commands:

mixt build [packages...] :

Shorthand for mixt run build. Will also match mixt:build scripts.

Additionally, mixt build also hoists built packages to ensure subsequent builds can proceed correctly.

mixt watch [packages...] :

Shorthand for mixt run watch. Will also match mixt:watch, mixt:dev and dev scripts.

mixt test [packages...] :

Shorthand for mixt run test. Will also match mixt:test scripts.

Release related commands:

mixt status [packages...] :

Check against the latest Git tag to see which packages have been modified since. If no tag is found, all packages are marked as changed by default.

mixt release [packages...] :

Helper command for gracefully handling your package releases. It provides a CLI workflow for bumping your packages versions, optionally builds your packages before release, etc... Here is the complete Mixt release flow :

  • Check repository: only allow releases from the configured branch
  • Get modified packages: find packages in need of a new release
  • Bump packages versions: ask you for the next version of each packages
  • Build packages (optional): build all packages before releasing
  • Resolve dependencies: inject all root dependency to the local package.json, injecting the correct version for local packages
  • Execute release script: look for a mixt:release or release script in each package and execute it
  • Commit releases (optional): create a release commit with all released packages names and versions
  • Create tags (optional): create a Git tag for each released package
  • Revert dependency resolve: revert your local package.json to their original state (except version)
  • Commit revert (optional): commit again to store the revert of local dependency

That is quite a lot, but it is what is most often needed for any releases. Here all is taken care of for you in one simple command.

mixt bundle [package] :

Helper command for bundling a package with all its dependency cleanly hoisted to its level. This command is aimed at helping creating a container (i.e. Docker) aimed at a single application inside a monorepo. It does not transpile the code in any way, it only isolates a package from the rest of the repository while keeping it launchable.

Here is the complete Mixt bundle flow:

  • Copy dist to bundle: copy the built and resolved dist package to a bundle folder. Will crash if the bundle folder already exists
  • Merge node_modules: merge the package and dist node_modules
  • Resolve dependencies: find all dependencies of the copied dist package
  • Copy local dependencies: local dependencies dist are copied to a local_modules folder inside bundle
  • Copy common dependencies: copy common dependencies from the root's node_modules to the bundle's node_modules. This uses package-lock.json in order to find nested dependencies
  • Resolve local dependencies: repeat steps 2-4 for each local dependency

This way, all dependencies are hoisted up to the bundle folder, which can then be safely packaged in a container or shipped individually.

Dependency Handling

The dependency system is based on the file: resolution from NPM.

All local packages are hoisted up to the root package.json as a file: entry, thus becoming available for all their sibling packages, thanks to the require algorithm wich looks in parents' node_modules and package.json.

External dependency for a package

If one of your packages needs an external dependency, just go ahead and install it inside your package sources, just like you would do in a normal setup.

External dependency shared by multiple packages

If your dependency is shared by multiple local packages (it does not need to be used by all of them, just a few), then you should instead add it to the root's package.json. It will still be available from within your packages, again relying on the require algorithm which looks in parents' node_modules.

This way, you can make sure that all of your packages always use the same version of your shared dependency.

Dependency to a local package

If one of your local packages needs to import another one, just go ahead and require it in your code. Don't forget to run mixt hoist if your local packages do not all appear in the root package.json.

The resolve step

While the above setup works great locally inside the mono-repo, it does not allow you to publish your packages as-is: they will be missing dependency definitions in their package.json files, as some will be instead in the root package.json file (common dependency).

The mixt resolve command makes sure that the built package.json is fully up-to-date by checking your code for any package required, and then resolving it either from your package.json or the root package.json.

Dependencies specified in your module's package.json always take precedence over the root package.json.

Beware that only file: dependencies in the root packages.json will be resolved to your local packages. Dependencies in your module's package.json will be left untouched.

If you want a dependency from the root package.json to be included in your local package.json even if the resolve step cannot find it, just add it to the local package.json with a version of "*", Mixt will automatically resolve it for you.

Customizing the structure

When using Mixt, you can choose to change the default source folder(s). For instance, you might want to use a pkg folder instead of packages. Or you might want to split your sources between multiple folders.

All of this is possible either by providing a configuration file, or by passing options to commands.

Using options

For almost all commands, you can use the following option to modify the default behavior:

--sources [sources]: comma-separated list of source folders. Source folders must be relative paths to the root of your repository.

Using a config file

If you want to avoid passing options to each of your commands, you can opt for a configuration file. This configuration file should lie at the root of your Mixt project, and must be called mixt.json.

This is what the default configuration file would look like:

  "sources": [

Using package.json

If you'd rather not add another file to your project, you can configure Mixt directly from your package.json file. Simply add a "mixt" entry that holds the same value you would put in the mixt.json file.

Option resolve

So what happens if you mix and match any or all of the three methods above? An order of priority is respected.

Mixt will start by looking for options directly passed to the command. If a value is not found, it will then look into the mixt.json file. If not found, it will look for a mixt entry in your package.json. And finally, if an option hasn't been found at the end of the process, the default value is used.

Other options

Here is a fully configured Mixt instance, with all the default values:

  "sources": ["packages"],
  "resolve": "full",
  "prefix": "mixt:",
  "buildOrder": [],
  "git": {
    "branch": "master",
    "tagPrefix": ""

sources :

List of source folders where managed packages are held.

resolve :

Resolve strategy to adopt. Can be configured on a per-module basis. Per-module configuration takes precedence over global configuration.

Can be one of:

  • "full" : check inside source files to extract all used dependencies. Most robust, but can be long on big projects.
  • "cheap" : only add dependencies referred to in the module's package.json. The wildcard "*" can be used as version to fetch the root's package.json dependency.
  • "all" : add all dependencies from the root's package.json.
  • "none" : keep the local package.json as-is

prefix :

Prefix to use for build, watch and test commands. Defaults to mixt:, so that mixt:build takes precedence over build, for instance. This allows you to have a build script in your package.json, but hide it from Mixt by adding a mixt:build script to your scripts.

buildOrder :

Array of package names, allowing to mark packages which should be built before other in their source folder.

If multiple packages from the same source are specified, then they will be built in the order specified.

git.branch :

The branch from which the mixt release command is allowed

git.tagPrefix :

A prefix to append to all tags.

By default, the format of tags will be {pkgName}@{pkgVersion}.

If a prefix is set, it will be {prefix}-{pkgName}@{pkgVersion}. The - is automatically added.

Per-module settings

For each of your Mixt-managed module, you can add a "mixt" entry to your package.json. This entry have the following structure (all fields optional):

  "mixt": {
    "dist": "./",
    "prefix": "mixt:",
    "resolve": "full"

The first option, "dist", specify the relative path for the distribution package, if it is different from the source package (such as a babel-built version, or @pika/pack module).

The last two are the same options as found in the global config. Local configuration takes precedence over global configuration.

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