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aegir - v34.1.0


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Automated JavaScript project management.

Lead Maintainer

Hugo Dias

Project Structure

The project structure when using this is quite strict, to ease replication and configuration overhead.

All source code should be placed under src, with the main entry point being src/index.js.

All test files should be placed under test. Individual test files should end in .spec.js and will be ran in all environments (node, browser, webworker, electron-main and electron-renderer). To run node specific tests a file named test/node.js should be used to require all node test files and the same thing for the other environments with a file named test/browser.js.

Your package.json should have the following entries and should pass aegir lint-package-json.

"main": "src/index.js",
"files": [
"scripts": {
  "lint": "aegir lint",
  "release": "aegir release",
  "build": "aegir build",
  "test": "aegir test",
  "test:node": "aegir test --target node",
  "test:browser": "aegir test --target browser"


Run aegir --help

Usage: aegir <command> [options]

  aegir build                        Builds a browser bundle and TS type declarations from the `src` folder.
  aegir check                        Check project
  aegir docs                         Generate documentation from TS type declarations.
  aegir lint                         Lint all project files
  aegir release                      Release your code onto the world
  aegir test-dependant [repo]        Run the tests of an module that depends on this module to see if the current changes have caused a regression
  aegir test                         Test your code in different environments
  aegir ts                           Typescript command with presets for specific tasks.
  aegir dependency-check [input...]  Run `dependency-check` cli with aegir defaults.                                                                                                                              [aliases: dep-check, dep]
  aegir lint-package-json            Lint package.json with aegir defaults.                                                                                                                                    [aliases: lint-package, lpj]
  aegir completion                   generate completion script

Global Options:
  -h, --help     Show help                                                                                                                                                                                                        [boolean]
  -v, --version  Show version number                                                                                                                                                                                              [boolean]
  -d, --debug    Show debug output.                                                                                                                                                                              [boolean] [default: false]
      --ts-repo  Enable support for Typescript repos.                                                                                                                                                            [boolean] [default: false]

  aegir build                                   Runs the build command to bundle JS code for the browser.
  npx aegir build                               Can be used with `npx` to use a local version
  aegir test -t webworker -- --browser firefox  If the command supports `--` can be used to forward options to the underlying tool.
  npm test -- -- --browser firefox              If `npm test` translates to `aegir test -t browser` and you want to forward options you need to use `-- --` instead.

Use `aegir <command> --help` to learn more about each command.


Aegir can be fully configured using a config file named .aegir.js or the package.json using the property aegir.

// file: .aegir.js

'use strict'

/** @type {import('aegir').PartialOptions} */
module.exports = {
  tsRepo: true,
  release: {
    build: false
// file: package.json
"main": "src/index.js",
"files": [
"scripts": {
  "lint": "aegir lint",
  "release": "aegir release",
  "build": "aegir build",
  "test": "aegir test",
  "test:node": "aegir test --target node",
  "test:browser": "aegir test --target browser"
"aegir" : {
  "tsRepo": false

You can find the complete default config here and the types here.

Continuous Integration

Check this template for Github Actions https://github.com/ipfs/aegir/blob/master/md/github-actions.md

Testing helpers

In addition to running the tests aegir also provides several helpers to be used by the tests.

Check the documentation


JSDoc Typescript support

aegir ts --help

More documentation here

Native Typescript support

For native typescript add --ts-repo to any command.

aegir build --ts-repo
aegir test --ts-repo

Release steps

  1. Run linting
  2. Run type check
  3. Run tests
  4. Bump the version in package.json
  5. Build everything
  6. Update contributors based on the git history
  7. Generate a changelog based on the git log
  8. Commit the version change & CHANGELOG.md
  9. Create a git tag
  10. Run git push to origin/master
  11. Publish a release to Github releases
  12. Generate documentation and push to Github Pages
  13. Publish to npm
aegir release --help