Generate an .babelrc file for babel in the current working directory or specified --dest.

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Generate an .babelrc file for babel in the current working directory or specified --dest.

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What is "Generate"?

Generate is a command line tool and developer framework for scaffolding out new GitHub projects using generators and tasks. Answers to prompts and the user's environment can be used to determine the templates, directories, files and contents to build. Support for gulp, base and assemble plugins, and much more.

For more information about Generate:

Command line usage


Installing the CLI

To run the babelrc generator from the command line, you'll need to install generate globally first. You can do that now with the following command:

$ npm install --global generate

This adds the gen command to your system path, allowing it to be run from any directory.

Install generate-babelrc

You may now install this module with the following command:

$ npm install --global generate-babelrc


You should now be able to run generate-babelrc with the following command:

$ gen babelrc

What will happen?

Running $ gen babelrc will run the generator's default task, which will:

  1. prompt you for any information that's missing
  2. render the necessary template(s) using your answers
  3. write the resulting files to the current working directory

What you should see in the terminal

If completed successfully, you should see both starting and finished events in the terminal, like the following:

[00:44:21] starting ...
[00:44:22] finished ✔

If you do not see one or both of those events, please let us know about it.


To see a general help menu and available commands for Generate's CLI, run:

$ gen help

CLI Usage

Running tasks

Tasks on generate-babelrc are run by passing the name of the task to run after the generator name, delimited by a comma:

$ gen babelrc:foo
       ^       ^
generator     task


The following will run generator foo, task bar:

$ gen foo:bar

Default task

When a task name is not explicitly passed on the command line, Generate's CLI will run the default task.

Available tasks


Generate an .babelrc file to the current working directory.


$ gen babelrc
$ gen babelrc --dest ./docs

Visit Generate's documentation for tasks.

API usage

Use generate-babelrc as a plugin in your own generator.

Install locally

Install with npm:

$ npm install --save generate-babelrc

Use as a plugin

When used as a plugin, tasks from generate-babelrc are added to your generator's instance.

module.exports = function(app) {
  // do generator stuff

Running tasks

You can now run any tasks from generate-babelrc as if they were part of your own generator.

module.exports = function(app) {

  app.task('foo', function(cb) {
    // do task stuff

  // run the `mit` task from `generate-babelrc`
  app.task('default', ['foo', 'mit']);

Register as a generator

When registered as a generator, tasks from generate-babelrc are added to the "namespace" you give to the generator.

module.exports = function(app) {
  app.register('foo', require('generate-babelrc'));
  // generate

Running tasks

Pass the names of one or more tasks to run to the .generate method, prefixed with the namespace of the sub-generator (foo, in our example):


Run the bar task from generator foo:

module.exports = function(app) {
  app.register('foo', require('generate-babelrc'));

  app.generate('foo:bar', function(err) {
    if (err) console.log(err);

Wrap the call to .generate in a task, so it can be called on demand:

module.exports = function(app) {
  app.register('foo', require('generate-babelrc'));

  app.task('bar', function(cb) {
    app.generate('foo:bar', cb);

More information

Visit the generator docs to learn more about creating, installing, using and publishing generators.


The following instructions can be used to override settings in generate-babelrc. Visit the Generate documentation to learn about other ways to override defaults.

Destination directory

To customize the destination directory, install generate-dest globally, then in the command line prefix dest before any other generator names.

For example, the following will prompt you for the destination path to use, then pass the result to generate-babelrc:

$ gen dest babelrc

Overriding templates

You can override a template by adding a template of the same name to the templates directory in user home.

For example, to override the foo.tmp template, add a template at the following path ~/generate/generate-babelrc/templates/foo.tmpl, where ~/ is the user-home directory that os.homedir() resolves to on your system.


Related projects

  • babel: Turn ES6 code into readable vanilla ES5 with source maps | homepage
  • generate: Command line tool and developer framework for scaffolding out new GitHub projects. Generate offers the… more | homepage


Pull requests and stars are always welcome. For bugs and feature requests, please create an issue.

Running tests

Install dev dependencies:

$ npm install -d && npm test


Copyright © 2016, Aurelien Verla. Released under the MIT license.

This file was generated by verb, v0.9.0, on July 17, 2016.