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Use Monaco Editor in Redwoodjs

May 18, 2020

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We’re getting to the next phase of Vida development. We want to replace the default browser textarea editor by something more eye catchy. We decided to go with monaco-editor. In this article, we show the steps to integrate monaco-editor component to redwoodjs. It makes use of redwoodjs’s webpack plugins.

Create a redwoodjs application

If you need redwoodjs CLI, go to this tutorial to install.

We create the redwood-monaco application:

yarn create redwood-app ./redwood-monaco
cd redwood-monaco
yarn redwood dev

The final command will open the application in http://localhost:8910/.

We generate the homepage for this application. We’ll add monaco-editor to this page:

yarn redwood generate page home /

Add monaco-editor packages

We are ready to integrate Monaco Editor. We’ll add two packages to redwoodjs web workspace.

  • react-monaco-editor: This is a React wrapper around monaco-editor package.
  • monaco-editor-webpack-plugin: This webpack plugin package allows us to load languages that we want to use. In this example, we’ll load the json language.
yarn workspace web add react-monaco-editor monaco-editor-webpack-plugin

Restart your redwood dev server to load the new packages.

Render Monaco Editor

Let’s open the Homepage file and add monaco editor, web/src/pages/HomePage/Homepage.js.

We need to import react-monaco-editor package:

import MonacoEditor from 'react-monaco-editor'

Then, replace the below text:

<p>Find me in ./web/src/pages/HomePage/HomePage.js</p>


  value={JSON.stringify({a: 1, b: 2}, null, '  ')}

After this, we should see a Monaco Editor rendered on homepage.

Configure webpack language plugin

We want the editor to perform syntax highlight. To achieve this, we need Monaco language webpack plugin. Redwoodjs allows extension to its webpack config by adding the file webpack.config.js to the web/config/ directory.

We add the file with the below content to load the json language package.

const MonacoWebpackPlugin = require('monaco-editor-webpack-plugin');

module.exports = (config) => {
    new MonacoWebpackPlugin({
      // available options are documented at
      languages: ['json']

  return config

After restarting Redwoodjs dev server, we should see json language syntax highlight.

Here’s the code repository for this example:

Happy Coding!

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