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Plugin to replace webpack chunkhash with an md5 hash of the final file conent.


With npm

npm install webpack-plugin-hash-output --save-dev

With yarn

yarn add webpack-plugin-hash-output --dev


There are other webpack plugins for hashing out there. But when they run, they don't "see" the final form of the code, because they run before plugins like webpack.optimize.UglifyJsPlugin. In other words, if you change webpack.optimize.UglifyJsPlugin config, your hashes won't change, creating potential conflicts with cached resources.

The main difference is that webpack-plugin-hash-output runs in the last compilation step. So any change in webpack or any other plugin that actually changes the output, will be "seen" by this plugin, and therefore that change will be reflected in the hash.

It will generate files like entry.<hash>.js, where <hash> is always a hash of the content (well, a subset of). Example:

$ md5 entry.32f1718dd08eccda2791.js

MD5 (entry.32f1718dd08eccda2791.js) = 32f1718dd08eccda2791ff7ed466bd98

All other assets (common files, manifest files, HTML output...) will use the new md5 hash to reference the asset.


Requires webpack >=4


Just add this plugin as usual.

// webpack.config.js
const HashOutput = require('webpack-plugin-hash-output');

module.exports = {
    // ...
    output: {
        filename: '[name].[chunkhash].js',
    plugins: [
        new HashOutput(options)

Sourcemap support

This plugin partially supports sourcemaps. When a chunk hash is recomputed, it will update the name of the chunk in the chunks's sourcemap, but it won't recompute the name of the hash file. This has the side effect that the name of the sourcemap will differ from the name of the chunk. Example:


// app.<oldhash>.js

// ...code...
//# sourceMappingURL=entry.<oldhash>
// app.<oldhash>

// ...
// ...


// app.<newhash>.js

// ...code...
//# sourceMappingURL=entry.<oldhash>
// app.<oldhash>

// ...
// ...

We can't fully support sourcemaps (i.e. recomute sourcemap hash) because the circular reference: we can't compute sourcemap hash without computing the file hash first, and we can't compute the file hash without the sourcemap hash.

Interaction with other plugins

Because this plugin modifies the name of the assets, it break other plugins that also operate on the name of the assets if the order of the plugins is not correct. For plugin-webpack-hash-output to work, it has to be the first plugin to run in the emit phase. Inside the same phase, the order of the plugins is determined by the order in which they appear in webpack's config option plugins.

A specific example of this is html-webpack-plugin: plugin-webpack-hash-output must be listed before html-webpack-plugin. Example:

plugins: [
    new HashOutput(...),
    new HtmlWebpackPlugin(...),

When the webpack compilation starts, this plugin will check if there are other plugins that might conflict with the output and display a warning. It is recommended you fix the order of the plugins unless you really know what you are doing:

[WARNING] There are other plugins configured that might interfere with webpack-plugin-hash-output.
For this plugin to work correctly, it should be the first plugin in the "emit" phase. Please
be sure that the rest of the plugins run after webpack-plugin-hash-output (ensure they are listed
after webpack-plugin-hash-output in the 'plugins' option in your webpack config).

Plugins that could interfere with webpack-plugin-hash-output:
 * HtmlWebpackPlugin


Note: Use Webpack's own hash output options to configure hash function and length.


boolean, defaults to false.

After webpack has compiled and generated all the assets, checks that the hash of the content is included in the file. If it is not, it will throw an error and the webpack process will fail.


regex, defaults to /^.*$/

When validating the output (see options.validateOutput), only evaluate hashes for files matching this regexp. Useful for skipping source maps or other output. Example:

module.exports = {
    entry: {
        main: './src/app.js',
    output: {
        filename: 'assets/[name].[chunkhash].js',
    plugins: [
        new HashOutput({
            validateOutput: true,
            // Check that md5(assets/main.<hash>.js) === <hash>, but doesn't check fragments/app.html
            validateOutputRegex: /^assets\/.*\.js$/,
        new HtmlWebpackPlugin({
            filename: 'fragments/app.html',
            chunks: ['main'],


Running tests

Tests can be run by:

yarn test

After running the tests, you might want to run yarn run clean to clean up temp files generated by the tests.

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