Blade support for inline Babel scripts

v1.0.2 2021-02-06 11:39 UTC

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Last update: 2024-05-08 02:04:29 UTC


This package allows you to safely write modern, inline JavaScript in blade templates. Compilation only happens at Blade template caching time, so has no effect on production performance.


To install the package via composer:

composer require flat3/babel-blade

The compiler expects a nodejs install on the same PATH that is being used by your PHP interpreter.

You must install babel (and normally the env preset) in your Laravel project:

npm install --dev @babel/core @babel/preset-env

The compiler looks for a babel configuration starting from the view root (normally resources/views) and searching upwards. You can therefore use any existing babel configuration file in your project, or you can create one in resources/views that will only be used for babel-blade.

For example at resources/views/.babelrc.json

  "presets": [
        "targets": {
          "chrome": "58",
          "ie": "11"


Babel-blade looks for script blocks that use the string literal <script type="text/babel"> so no other javascript or script block will be modified.

This script block using the babel config above:

<script type="text/babel">
(...args) => console.log(...args)

will be transformed at compile time into:

<script type="text/javascript">
(function() { "use strict";

(function () {
  var _console;

  return (_console = console).log.apply(_console, arguments);

Laravel Vapor

The Vapor build process clears the view caches and builds templates on first load server-side. This is incompatible with babel-blade, since nodejs etc. will not be available.

To work around this, invoke the build as part of the vapor deploy process as BABEL_BLADE_CACHE=1 php artisan view:cache. This will compile the templates locally into blade files in the view root, and add @includes to pull the compiled code in during compilation.


Babel implements async/await using generators, which need to be polyfilled on older platforms. Without the polyfill you'll see the error:

ReferenceError: Can't find variable: regeneratorRuntime

To solve this you can include an additional script tag that includes the polyfill, for example:

<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/babel-polyfill/7.12.1/polyfill.min.js"></script>

Blade directives

Because babel-blade runs early in the compilation process, directives such as @json($src) haven't been parsed yet and will be passed to Babel as they are.

You will then get failures such as Support for the experimental syntax 'decorators-legacy' isn't currently enabled as Babel tries to parse @json.

There is likely not a solution to this due to the order of execution in blade, instead use the style "{{$src}}" with appropriate escaping.


Copyright © Chris Lloyd

Flat3 babel-blade is open-sourced software licensed under the [MIT license]