Svelte v4 In Django Using Webpack

December last year I wrote a blog post for using Svelte components in a Django app using Rollup which was cool, but with the latest version of Svelte, Svelte 4, it stopped working.

This blog post adds on to that one.

It always produces code like this:

(function (internal) {
  // ...

Where of course internal isn’t defined in the global scope. So that approach no longer works.

So I come back with a solution using Webpack.

It supports TypeScript and Svelte. It extracts the basic CSS styles as well, from the <style></style> tags in your Svelte files.


It does not compile Tailwind styles.

Your Django setup, will compile these for you, just add your **/*.svelte files to the Tailwind config.

So in my config it looks something like:

module.exports = {
    content: [
    theme: {
    plugins: [

Although that setup doesn’t understand @apply calls within the <style></style> tags in your Svelte components. For that you will have to update the Webpack config.

The Webpack setup

The webpack.config.js:

const path = require('path');  
const sveltePreprocess = require('svelte-preprocess');  
module.exports = {  
  mode: 'development',  
  devtool: 'eval-source-map',  
  entry: './src/demo.ts',  
  module: {  
    rules: [  
        test: /\.tsx?$/,  
        use: 'ts-loader',  
        exclude: /node_modules/,  
        test: /\.(html|svelte)$/,  
        use: {  
          loader: 'svelte-loader',  
          options: {  
            preprocess: sveltePreprocess(),  
        // required to prevent errors from Svelte on Webpack 5+  
        test: /node_modules\/svelte\/.*\.mjs$/,  
        resolve: {  
          fullySpecified: false  
  resolve: {  
    extensions: ['.tsx', '.ts', '.js', '.svelte'],  
    mainFields: ['svelte', 'browser', 'module', 'main'],  
    conditionNames: ['svelte', 'browser'],  
    alias: {  
      svelte: path.resolve('node_modules', 'svelte/src/runtime'),  
  output: {  
    path: path.resolve(__dirname, 'static', 'js', 'svelte'),  
    filename: 'demo.js',  
    chunkFilename: 'demo.[id].js',  

Of course adjust for your own needs.

The tsconfig.json I came to:

  "compilerOptions": {  
    "outDir": "./static/js/svelte/",  
    "noImplicitAny": true,  
    "module": "es6",  
    "target": "es6",  
    "allowJs": true,  
    "moduleResolution": "node",  
    "types": [  
  "extends": "@tsconfig/svelte/tsconfig.json"  

And the required dependencies, I share with you the pnpm command:

pnpm i -D @tsconfig/svelte svelte svelte-loader svelte-preprocess ts-loader typescript webpack webpack-cli 

To run this of course you’d use simply npx webpack or webpack in one of your scripts, I suggest you use --watch, so I have something like this in my package.json:

"scripts": {  
  "build": "webpack",  
  "watch": "webpack --watch"  

I hope that’s useful, and it brings some value for you.

August 7, 2023