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Require Material-UI by Webpack

Material-UI contains various ready-to-integrate components, but if you use a webpack then it should be configured while using webpack configuration.

Nov 5, 2020 • 5 Minute Read


React does not have its own UI elements/components, but you can use any third-party UI framework. These frameworks provides a bunch of components for the UI requirements.

The Material-UI is one of the popular UI frameworks designed for React, and contains various ready-to-integrate components. Still, if you use a webpack, then it should be configured while using webpack configuration. This guide will demonstrate how to use Material-UI and its various components configured with webpack.

Install and Get Started with Material-UI

The initial step to getting started with Material-UI is to install the package using the below command.

      npm install @material-ui/core

After completing the installation, the next step is to import the useful component from Material-UI and use it in any React component. This example uses the Breadcrumbs functionality.

      import Typography from '@material-ui/core/Typography';
import Breadcrumbs from '@material-ui/core/Breadcrumbs';
import Link from '@material-ui/core/Link';

function App() {
  return (
    <div className="App">
      <Breadcrumbs aria-label="breadcrumb">
        <Link color="inherit" href="/">
          Parent Page
        <Link color="inherit" href="/">
          Child Page
        <Typography color="textPrimary">Current Page</Typography>

export default App;

The above file imports the BreadCrumbs component from material-ui and uses it in the render function, and requires child components and props. The above approach is the simplest way to get started with Material-UI in no time. However, if you are using a custom webpack configuration, you need to follow some additional configuration.

Import Material-UI Components Using Webpack

The webpack configuration depends on resolving modules based on the path from which it's referenced. There are multiple ways to require Material-UI or other such libraries, and one of them is the module resolving approach along with eslint.

Using the eslint, specify the module path or require it into the webpack config.

  "rules": {
    "no-restricted-imports": [
        "patterns": ["@material-ui/*/*/*"]

After configuring the above settings, any false import statement gets highlighted as a false import statement.

If you want to try different plugins, other plugins are available to include the Material-UI and its respective packages:

Before using any of the above libraries, you need to create the file .babelrc.js in your React app's root directory.


      const plugin = [
      '@material-ui/core': {
        'transform': '@material-ui/core/${member}',
        'preventFullImport': true

module.exports = {plugin};

The above example imports the @material-ui/core library and provides transformation to import the package members such as Button, Breadcrumbs, etc.

      import Breadcrumbs from ‘@material-ui/core/Breadcrumbs’;

The webpack transformed import helps you require the only valuable part of the module rather than importing the whole package and resolving the specific module.

      import { Breadcrumbs } from ‘@material-ui/core’;

The above statement will import the complete library packages and will resolve Breadcrumbs at the time of compilation, so the module resolver comes in handy when you want to decrease the overall bundling efforts.

You can also use webpack.resolve to resolve the given path's exact match.

      module.exports = {
  resolve: {
    alias: {
      abcd$: path.resolve(__dirname, 'path/to/file_name.js')

The above config will resolve the path to the normal path from where it gets imported.

      import file1 from 'folder1'; // Path resolved
import file2 from 'folder2/file.js'; // Not matched and resolved

The file1 is an exported member of the folder1 location. Hence, it will get resolved based on the specified path resolver, and file2 will not get resolved because it’s trying to resolve against the specific path.


Material-UI is a great UI framework for React apps, and using it with the webpack allows you to minimize bundling size by implementing a custom import statement resolver.

You can use module resolver libraries such as babel-plugin-transform-imports to define the concrete standard to import any external libraries and resolve them efficiently. If you have any queries, feel free to ask at Code Alphabet.