JavaScript suggested import server
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JavaScript/Flow suggested import server

As far as I can tell this is currently the only tool that can write not just ordinary JS import and require statements but also Flow type import statements for you too.

I've created Atom and VSCode extensions for using this, you probably won't want to use this package directly unless you're creating an extension for another IDE.

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Why other tools are lame

  • AFAICT VSCode can't even suggest default or namespace imports.
  • If you have import {foo as bar} from 'foo' in one file, VSCode/WebStorm won't suggest this for bar in another file.
  • And of course, VSCode has no support for Flow import type and import {type ...}

Where dude-where-my-module currently lags behind

The main thing is it doesn't currently scan exports in your dependencies/flow-typed/@types etc. But once you have import chalk from 'chalk' in your code, it can suggest that for chalk in other files.


  • Server that watches/indexes your import and require statements in the background
  • Node.js Client to request import suggestions from the server
  • CLI for test driving/stopping the server
  • Relies on the Babel config in your project to parse your code
  • Can suggest imports for:
    • native packages
    • identifiers exported from your code
    • identifiers imported by your code
    • custom preferred imports you define in dotfiles
  • Supports require statements
  • Supports import statements
  • Supports Flow import type and import {type ...} statements

Other Limitations/Known Issues

This project is getting pretty solid, but there are still a few issues.

  • There are a few cases where obsolete suggested imports stick around after you delete them from the file dude-wheres-my-module got them from, or delete that file entirely.
  • It can't currently use Flow type information to rule out invalid suggestions (or decide that the way you're using a built-in idea identifier seems to indicate you meant to import something)


npm install --global dude-wheres-my-module

CLI Commands

The CLI isn't intended to be the primary way you get import suggestions, it's just for test-driving the server, debugging errors, or telling it to shut down.

All commands will automatically start a server for the current project directory if one isn't already running (except for commands that stop the server, of course).

On a large project the server might take awhile to boot up and parse all of your code, but it will show you its progress as it starts up!

dude wheres <identifier> [--file <filename>]

Suggests import or require statements for a given identifier. You can optionally specify a filename to import relative to.


Assuming both of these imports are found in your project code or in custom preferred imports:

$ dude wheres pick
import { pick } from "lodash/fp"
import { pick } from "lodash"

dude suggest <filename>

Suggests imports for all undeclared identifiers in a file.


$ dude suggest ListWithOneStatusItem.js
React (7:12)   children: React.Node,
  import * as React from "react"
ListItem (8:46)   ListItemProps?: ?React.ElementConfig<typeof ListItem>,
  import ListItem from "@material-ui/core/ListItem"
ListItemText (9:50)   ListItemTextProps?: ?React.ElementConfig<typeof ListItemText>,
  import ListItemText from "@material-ui/core/ListItemText"
List (18:3)   <List {...props}>
  import List from "@material-ui/core/List"
  import List from "@material-ui/icons/List"
 * @flow
 * @prettier

export type Props = {
  children: React.Node,
  ListItemProps?: ?React.ElementConfig<typeof ListItem>,
  ListItemTextProps?: ?React.ElementConfig<typeof ListItemText>,

const ListWithOneStatusItem = ({
}: Props): React.Node => (
  <List {...props}>
    <ListItem {...ListItemProps}>
      <ListItemText {...ListItemTextProps}>{children}</ListItemText>

export default ListWithOneStatusItem

dude log [-f [tail options]]

Print the server log file. With -f, it will tail the file.

dude errors

Print out any error messages found in the server log file.

dude stop

Stops the server gracefully.

dude stahp/dude kill

Stops the server forcefully.

Node.js API

import Client from 'dude-wheres-my-module/Client'

new Client(projectRoot: string)

Creates a client for the project in the projectRoot directory (you can pass a subdirectory or file, and it will automatically find the actual project root directory)


Suggests import or require statements for all undeclared identifiers in a file.


file (string, required)

The file to suggest import paths relative to.

code (string, optional)

The code to suggest imports for. If not given, the contents of file will be used.

Returns (Promise<SuggestedImportsResult>)

Each key in SuggestedImportsResult is an identifier, and the corresponding value is an object with the following properties:

  • identifier: string - the identifier
  • start: {line: number, column: number} - the location of the start of the identifier in the file
  • end: {line: number, column: number} the location of the start of the identifier in the file
  • context: string - the line of the file on which the identifier appears
  • kind?: 'value' | 'type' - whether the identifier appears in a value or type position
  • suggested - an array of suggested imports, each having the following properties:
    • code: string - the import or require statement code
    • ast - the AST of the import or require statement


Suggests import or require statements for a given identifier. You can optionally specify a filename to import relative to.


identifier (string, optional)

The identifier to suggest imports for.

file (string, optional)

The file to suggest import paths relative to.

Returns (Promise<Array<SuggestedImportResult>>)

Each SuggestedImportResult has the following properties:

  • code: string - the import statement code

Client.on('starting', () => any)

This event is emitted when the client has started a new server process.

Client.on('progress', ({ completed: number, total: number }) => any)

This event is emitted when the server parses a file, and includes the total number of files it has discovered to parse, and the number of files it has completed parsing.

Client.on('ready', () => any)

This event is emitted when the server has finished starting up.


dude-where-my-module looks for .dude-wheres-my-module.js files in your project directory and subdirectories. If found, it will load configuration from them.

The server will hot-reload a file's configuration whenever you save changes to it.

Config file API

The config file's module.exports must be a function that returns a config object (or a Promise that resolves to a config object). The following properties on the config object are supported:

preferredImports: Array<string>

An array of code containing import statements you would like to come first in suggested import lists.

Config file example

This is the config file I use in one of my main projects. It adds submodules from lodash, @material-ui/core, @material-ui/icons, and many more packages to the preferred imports.

 * @prettier

module.exports = async function configure() {
  const path = require('path')
  const { promisify } = require('es6-promisify')
  const glob = promisify(require('glob'))

  const nodeModulesDir = path.join(__dirname, 'node_modules')

  function assumeDefaultImports(files, options = {}) {
    const transformIdentifier = options.transformIdentifier || (id => id)
    const result = []
    files.forEach(file => {
      if (/index\.js$/.test(file)) file = path.dirname(file)
      file = file.replace(/\.js$/, '')
      const identifier = path.basename(file)
      if (identifier[0] === '_' || /[^a-zA-Z0-9_]/.test(identifier)) return
        `import ${transformIdentifier(identifier, {
        })} from '${path.relative(nodeModulesDir, file)}'`
    return result

  function assumeNamedImports(files) {
    const result = []
    files.forEach(file => {
      if (/index\.js$/.test(file)) file = path.dirname(file)
      file = file.replace(/\.js$/, '')
      const identifier = path.basename(file)
      if (/^_|[^a-zA-Z0-9_]|^function$/.test(identifier)) return
        `import { ${identifier} } from '${path
          .relative(nodeModulesDir, path.dirname(file))
          .replace(/^\.\//, '')}'`
    return result

  async function globNodeModules(pattern) {
    const files = await glob(path.join(nodeModulesDir, pattern))
    return assumeDefaultImports(files)

  const preferredImports = [
import _ from 'lodash'
import gql from 'graphql-tag'
import Sequelize, {Model, Association, type Transaction, type QueryGenerator, type FindOptions, type WhereOptions} from 'sequelize'
import {Query, Mutation, type QueryRenderProps, type MutationFunction} from 'react-apollo'
import Route from 'react-router-parsed/Route'
import {Link, NavLink, type Match, type RouterHistory, type Location} from 'react-router-dom'
import {createSelector, createStructuredSelector} from 'reselect'
import {connect, bindActionCreators} from 'react-redux'
import {compose} from 'redux'
import * as graphql from 'graphql'
import * as React from 'react'
import {reify} from 'flow-runtime'
import type {Type} from 'flow-runtime'
import classNames from 'classnames'
import requireEnv from '@jcoreio/require-env'
import path from 'path'
import fs from 'fs-extra'
import promisify from 'es6-promisify'
import BreakpointMedia from 'react-media-material-ui/BreakpointMedia'
import {type FormProps, type FieldProps, type FieldArrayProps} from 'redux-form'
import {describe, it, before, after, beforeEach, afterEach} from 'mocha'
import {expect} from 'chai'

      await glob(path.join(nodeModulesDir, 'lodash/fp/*.js'))

  for (let pattern of [
  ]) {
    preferredImports.push(...(await globNodeModules(pattern)))
      await glob(path.join(nodeModulesDir, '@material-ui/core/**/index.js'), {
        ignore: [path.join(nodeModulesDir, '@material-ui/core/es/**')],
      await glob(path.join(nodeModulesDir, '@material-ui/icons/*.js')),
      { transformIdentifier: identifier => `${identifier}Icon` }
      await glob(path.join(nodeModulesDir, '@material-ui/icons/*.js'))

  return {

Merging suggested imports into the code

If you're interested in writing an IDE plugin that uses dude-wheres-my-module, I'd recommend using jscodeshift-add-imports to merge the suggested imports into the the code.

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