Enable babel-plugin-transform-react-jsx-source in development mode

Oct 10, 2017 using tags reactjs, babel, webpack

The babel-plugin-transform-react-jsx-source babel plugin is very useful in development mode because it makes it easier for you to debug component stack traces.

To give you an idea of what the before and after looks like (original source):

Before: Component stack traces before image

After: Component stack traces before image

It is recommended that this only be enabled in development mode. I am going to walk you through setting it up with webpack.

First install the plugin and add it to your package tree.

$ yarn add --dev babel-plugin-transform-react-jsx-source

In your webpack.config.js create a function that conditionally loads the transform-react-jsx-source plugin depending on whether or not this is a production build. The babelPlugins function we use for this purpose (at Switchboard) looks something like:

const babelPlugins = () => {
  let plugins = [];

      'redux-form': {
        transform: 'redux-form/es/${member}',
        preventFullImport: true,
      'react-router': {
        transform: 'react-router/es/${member}',
        preventFullImport: true,
      'react-router-dom': {
        transform: 'react-router-dom/es/${member}',
        preventFullImport: true,
      lodash: {
        transform: 'lodash-es/${member}',
        preventFullImport: true,

  if (process.env.NODE_ENV !== 'production') {

  return plugins;

Then add the above plugins to the babel-loader section of your webpack config file.

loader: 'babel-loader',
options: {
  presets: [...],
  // ...
  plugins: babelPlugins(),
  cacheDirectory: true,

That’s all there is to it!