How to Not Minify Source with webpack

The webpack JavaScript utility has taken over the modern JavaScript landscape, so much so that it’s hard to be a JavaScript developer and not use it. JavaScript build utilities are the point where they do best practices implicitly, like minify code, caching, and more.

I was recently debugging a bundled webpack app and it quickly became clear that the only way forward was debugging the actual source, not the minified code. Duh.y

To prevent webpack from minifying the source, add the following to your webpack config:

{
    // .... other webpack, like output, etc.
    optimization: {
        minimize: false
    },
}

This simple flag makes debugging easier, if only enabled for a moment.

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