Allows use of standard babel JSX tools with virtual-dom/h
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Allows use of standard babel JSX tools with virtual-dom/h

I wanted to use virtual-dom's "hyperscript" but write it using regular JSX syntax.

Standard Babel plugins as of 6.0+ have great tools for JSX, including the ability to specify a "pragma" to use instead of React.createElement (which is the default). You simply npm install babel-plugin-transform-react-jsx and specify the pragma. Docs for that are here.

I assumed I could just specify h as a pragma and be done.

Only issue is React.createElement expects child elements as addtional arguments: React.createElement('div', null, childOne, childTwo) while h expects h('div', null, [childOne, childTwo]) (note the last argument is an array of children.

This is a babel plugin to be ran after the "official" one that simply replaces any instance of a "callExpression" that has a name of h and has three or more arguments, with a version that gathers the children as an array passed as the third argument.

Note that this is not exensively tested and it's a naive and simple replacement. Any h() call with more than 3 arguments is affected whether it's actually virtual dom's h or not.

That's it!

just kidding! One, tiny little thing...

It's kind of odd to have to import h from 'virtual-dom/h' at the top of a file containing JSX, especially if you then never actually use it within your file. So, as of version 1.1.0+ this plugin will also automatically insert that import statement for you if the file contains JSX and doesn't have h defined at the module level.


npm install both of them:

npm install babel-plugin-transform-react-jsx babel-plugin-h-children-fix

Now if your .babelrc file looks like this:

  "presets": ["es2015"],
  "plugins": [
    ["transform-react-jsx", {"pragma": "h"}],

The babel-plugin-transform-react-jsx firt turns this:

export default () => (

into something roughly like this:

export default () => (
	h('ul', null, h('li', null, 'one'), h('li', null, 'two'))

and this plugin subsequently turns the above, into:

export default () => (
	h('ul', null, [
		h('li', null, 'one'),
		h('li', null, 'two')


npm install babel-plugin-h-children-fix


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  • 1.1.0 auto import h if not defined, added basic test, now uses standard style and enforcement thereof.
  • 1.0.1 doc update
  • 1.0.0 initial release



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