🐏 A webpack plugin for blazing fast builds on a RAM disk / drive

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npm install webpack-plugin-ramdisk@0.1.3



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🐏 A webpack plugin for blazing fast builds on a RAM disk / drive

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What It Does

This plugin will initialize and mount a RAM disk / drive to enable faster build emitting times. This has advantages over third-party in-memory filesystems in that it uses Node's fs module in conjunction with the local system's native capabilities. It's especially useful for projects which need to perform many successive builds, such as during development with Hot Module Reloading enabled. In an HMR scenario, this will also prevent excessive writes to Solid State Drives, preventing the shortening of the drive's lifespan.


webpack-plugin-ramdisk is an evergreen 🌲 module.

This module requires an Active LTS Node version (v10.0.0+).


Using npm:

npm install webpack-nano webpack-plugin-ramdisk --save-dev

Note: We recommend using webpack-nano, a very tiny, very clean webpack CLI.


When the plugin is applied during a webpack build, the output path specified for a compiler configuration is appended to the RAMdisk path. Be sure to choose an appropriate output path!

Create a webpack.config.js file:

const { WebpackPluginRamdisk } = require('webpack-plugin-ramdisk');
const options = { ... };

module.exports = {
	// an example entry definition
	output: {
		path: '/myapp/dist'  // ← important: this must be an absolute path!
  plugins: [
    new WebpackPluginRamdisk(options)

And run webpack:

$ npx wp

You'll then see that build output has been written to the RAMdisk. In our example above on a MacOS computer, the output path would be /Volumes/wpr/myapp/dist.



Type: Number
Default: 512

Sets the block size used when allocating space for the RAMdisk.


Type: Number
Default: 2.56e8

Sets the physical size of the RAMdisk, in bytes. The default value is 256mb. Most builds won't require nearly that amount, and the value can be lowered. For extremely large builds, this value may be increased as needed.


Type: String
Default: wpr

Sets the name of the disk/drive/mount point for the RAMdisk. e.g. A value of batman would result in a disk root of /Volumes/batman on MacOS and /mnt/batman on Linux variants.



Parameters: diskPathString The mounted path of the RAMdisk to unmount and remove

Static. Provides a convenience method to unmount and remove a RAMdisk created with the plugin.

To remove the RAMdisk that the plugin created, first obtain the diskPath from the plugin:

const { WebpackPluginRamdisk } = require('webpack-plugin-ramdisk');
const plugin = new WebpackPluginRamdisk(options)
const { diskPath } = plugin;


Use Caution as specifying the wrong diskPath can have unintended consequences and cause a loss of data. The commands this method utilize can remove other drives as well.

Linux Users

Automatic creation of a RAMdisk requires administrative permissions. During the build process you'll be prompted by sudo to enter your credentials.

Windows Users

Windows users that have installed Windows Subsystem for Linux v2 can use the module without issue.

However, Windows users without WSL2 are in a pickle. Unfortunately Windows does not ship with any capabilities that allow for creation of RAM disks / drives programmatically, without user interaction. This is an OS limitation and we cannot work around it. However, there is a solution for Windows users - tools like ImDisk will allow you to create a RAMdisk and assign it a drive letter, to which one can point a webpack configuration's output property.


Average savings for a bundle's total build time ranges from 25-32% according to tests we've run on a variety of platforms and bundle sizes. The largest gains were during frequently Hot Module Reloading operations, where one or more files were changed and the bundle(s) were rebuilt during watch mode.

For example, the following stats were generated for a 13mb bundle:

Without webpack-plugin-ramdisk:

  • initial build and emit: 19.88s
  • initial file change, save, and rebuild: 0.6s
  • subsequent changes and rebuilds: 1.15s 0.864s 1.68s

Average build and emit time: 1.23s

With webpack-plugin-ramdisk:

  • initial build and emit: 16.8s
  • initial file change, save, and rebuild: 0.9s
  • subsequent changes and rebuilds: 1.23s, 0.951s, 0.48s

Average build and emit time: 0.887s

Result = 28% time savings. This may seem inconsequential, but consider the number of times a single developer will save and rebuild for HMR during the course of a workday. When aggregated, that's a considerable savings throughout a session.

Removing the RAMdisk

These commands use wpr as the RAMdisk name. If the name option has been modified, swap wpr for the value specified in the options.

On MacOS:

$ umount /Volumes/wpr
$ hdiutil detach /Volumes/wpr

On Linux:

$ sudo umount /mnt/wpr



LICENSE (Mozilla Public License)