Emitting a JavaScript module

By default, the -fastopt.js and -fullopt.js files produced by Scala.js are top-level scripts, and their @JSExported stuff are sent to the global scope. With modern JavaScript toolchains, we typically write modules instead, which import and export things from other modules. You can configure Scala.js to emit a JavaScript module instead of a top-level script. Currently, only the CommonJS module format is supported, with the following sbt setting:

scalaJSLinkerConfig ~= { _.withModuleKind(ModuleKind.CommonJSModule) }

Important: Using this setting is incompatible with the (deprecated) setting persistLauncher := true. It is also basically incompatible with jsDependencies; use scalajs-bundler instead.

When emitting a module, @JSExportTopLevels are really exported from the Scala.js module. Moreover, you can use top-level @JSImport to import native JavaScript stuff from other JavaScript module.

For example, consider the following definitions:

import scala.scalajs.js
import scala.scalajs.js.annotation._

@JSImport("bar.js", "Foo")
class JSFoo(val x: Int) extends js.Object

// @ScalaJSDefined // required for Scala.js 0.6.x, unless using -P:scalajs:sjsDefinedByDefault
class Foobaz(x: String) extends js.Object {
  val inner = new JSFoo(x.length)

  def method(y: String): Int = x + y

Once compiled under ModuleKind.CommonJSModule, the resulting module would be equivalent to the following JavaScript module:

var bar = require("bar.js");

class Foobaz {
  constructor(x) {
    this.x = x;
    this.inner = new bar.Foo(x.length);

  method(y) {
    return this.x + y;

exports.Babar = Foobaz;