@fastly/compute-js-static-publish (6.0.1)

Published 2024-02-27 04:47:02 +00:00 by neil


npm install @fastly/compute-js-static-publish@6.0.1
"@fastly/compute-js-static-publish": "6.0.1"

About this package

Static Publisher for JavaScript on Fastly Compute

Using a static site generator to build your website? Do you simply need to serve some static files? With compute-js-static-publish, now you can deploy and serve everything from Fastly's blazing-fast Compute.


Node 18 or newer is required during the build step, as we now rely on its experimental-fetch feature.

How it works

You have some HTML files, along with some accompanying CSS, JavaScript, image, and font files in a directory. Perhaps you've used a framework or static site generator to build these files.

Assuming the root of your output directory is ./public,

1. Run compute-js-static-publish

npx @fastly/compute-js-static-publish@latest --root-dir=./public

This will generate a Compute application at ./compute-js. It will add a default ./src/index.js file that instantiates the PublisherServer class and runs it to serve the static files from your project.

This process creates a ./static-publish.rc.js to hold your configuration. This, as well as the other files created in your new Compute program at ./compute-js, can be committed to source control (except for the ones we specify in .gitignore!)

Now, each time you build this Compute project, compute-js-static-publish will re-scan your ./public directory and regenerate /src/statics-metadata.js and /src/statics.js. These files hold references to your project's public files.

2. Test your application using Fastly's local development server

cd ./compute-js
npm install
fastly compute serve

This will serve your application using the default PublisherServer().

However, you can modify /src/index.js to add your own processing as you need. This file will not be overwritten after it is created.

3. When you're ready to go live, deploy your Compute service

fastly compute publish


  • Simple to set up, with a built-in server module.
  • Or, make file contents directly available to your application, so you can write your own server.
  • Content and metadata are available to your application, accessible by files' pre-package file paths.
  • Brotli and Gzip compression.
  • Support for If-None-Match and If-Modified-Since request headers.
  • Optionally use Webpack as a module bundler.
  • Selectively serve files from Fastly's KV Store, or embedded into your Wasm module.
  • Supports loading JavaScript files as code into your Compute application.
  • Presets for several static site generators.

Some of these features are new! If you wish to update to this version, you may need to re-scaffold your application, or follow the steps outlined in MIGRATING.md.

How does it work? Where are the files?

Once your application is scaffolded, @fastly/compute-js-static-publish integrates into your development process by running as part of your build process.

The files you have configured to be included (--root-dir) are enumerated and prepared. Their contents are included into your Wasm binary (or made available via KV Store, if so configured). This process is called "publishing".

Once the files are published, they are available to the other source files in the Compute application. For example, the stock application runs the PublisherServer class to serve these files.

For more advanced uses, such as accessing the contents of these file in your application, see the Using the packaged objects in your own application section below.

Publishing is meant to run each time before building your Compute application into a Wasm file. If the files in --root-dir have changed, then a new set of files will be published.

Content Compression

During publishing, this tool supports pre-compression of content. By default, your assets are compressed using the Brotli and gzip algorithms, and then stored alongside the original files in your Wasm binary (or KV Store).

Note: By default, pre-compressed content assets are not generated when the KV Store is not used. This is done to prevent the inclusion multiple of copies of each asset from making the Wasm binary too large. If you want to pre-compress assets when not using KV Store, add a value for 'contentCompression' to your static-publish.rc.js file.

CLI options

Except for --root-dir, most arguments are optional.

npx @fastly/compute-js-static-publish \
    --root-dir=./build \
    --public-dir=./build/public \
    --static-dir=./build/public/static \
    --output=./compute-js \

If you provide options, they override the defaults described below.

Any configuration options will be written to a static-publish.rc.js file, and used each time you build your Compute application.

On subsequent builds of your Compute application, compute-js-static-publish will run with a special flag, build-static, reading from stored configuration, then scanning the --public-dir directory to recreate ./src/statics.js.

Any relative file and directory paths passed at the command line are handled as relative to the current directory.

Publishing options:

Option Default Description
preset (None) Apply default options from a specified preset. See "Frameworks and Static Site Generators".
output ./compute-js The directory in which to create the Compute application.
static-content-root-dir (output directory) + /static-publisher The directory under the Compute application where static asset and metadata are written.
root-dir (None) Required. The root of the directory that contains the files to include in the publishing. All files you wish to include must reside under this root.

Server options:

Used to populate the server key under static-publish.rc.js.

Option Default Description
public-dir The directory that contains your website's public files.
static-dir (None) Any directories under --public-dir that contain the website's static assets that will be served with a very long TTL. You can specify as many such directories as you wish, by listing multiple items.
auto-ext .html,.htm Specify automatic file extensions.
auto-index index.html,index.htm Specify filenames for automatically serving an index file.
spa (None) Path to a fallback file for SPA applications.
not-found-page <public-dir>/404.html Path to a fallback file for 404 Not Found.

See PublisherServer for more information about these features.

For backwards compatibility, if you do not specify a --root-dir but you have provided a --public-dir, then that value is used for --root-dir.

Note that the files referenced by --spa and --not-found-page do not necessarily have to reside inside --public-dir.

Fastly service options

These arguments are used to populate the fastly.toml and package.json files of your Compute application.

Option Default Description
name name from package.json, or compute-js-static-site The name of your Compute application.
description description from package.json, or Compute static site The description of your Compute application.
author author from package.json, or you@example.com The author of your Compute application.
service-id (None) The ID of an existing Fastly WASM service for your Compute application.
kv-store-name (None) The name of an existing Fastly KV Store to hold the content assets. In addition to already existing, it must be linked to the service specified by --service-id.

Usage with frameworks and static site generators

compute-js-static-publish supports preset defaults for a number of frameworks and static site generators:

--preset --root-dir --static-dir Notes
cra (or create-react-app) ./build ./build/static For apps written using Create React App. Checks for a dependency on react-scripts.
cra-eject ./build ./build/static For apps written using Create React App, but which have since been ejected via npm run eject. Does not check for react-scripts.
vite ./dist (None) For apps written using Vite.
sveltekit ./dist (None) For apps written using SvelteKit.
vue ./dist (None) For apps written using Vue, and that were created using create-vue.
next ./out (None) For apps written using Next.js, using npm run export. *1
astro ./dist (None) For apps written using Astro (static apps only). *2
gatsby ./public (None) For apps written using Gatsby.
docusaurus ./build (None) For apps written using Docusaurus

You may still override any of these options individually.

*1 - For Next.js, consider using @fastly/next-compute-js, a Next.js server implementation that allows you to run your Next.js application on Compute.

*2 - Astro support does not support SSR.


PublisherServer is a simple yet powerful server that can be used out of the box to serve the files prepared by this tool.

This server handles the following automatically:

  • Maps the path of your request to a path under --public-dir and serves the content of the asset
  • Sources the content from the content packaged in the Wasm binary, or from the KV Store, if configured.
  • Applies long-lived cache headers to files served from --static-dir directories. Files under these directories will be cached by the browser for 1 year. (Use versioned or hashed filenames to avoid serving stale assets.)
  • Performs Brotli and gzip compression as requested by the Accept-Encoding headers.
  • Provides Last-Modified and ETag response headers, and uses them with If-Modified-Since and If-None-Match request headers to produce 304 Not Modified responses.
  • If an exact match is not found for the request path, applies automatic extensions (e.g., .html) and automatic index files (e.g., index.html).
  • Can be configured to serve a fallback file for SPA apps. Useful for apps that use client-side routing.
  • Can be configured to serve a 404 not found file.
  • Returns null if nothing matches, so that you can add your own handling if necessary.

During initial scaffolding, the configuration based on the command-line parameters and preset are written to your ./static-publisher.rc.js file under the server key.

Configuring PublisherServer

You can further configure the server by making modifications to the server key under ./static-publisher.rc.js.

Key Default Description
publicDirPrefix '' Prefix to apply to web requests. Effectively, a directory within rootDir that is used by the web server to determine the asset to respond with.
staticItems [] A test to apply to item names to decide whether to serve them as "static" files, in other words, with a long TTL. These are used for files that are not expected to change. They can be provided as a string or array of strings.
compression [ 'br', 'gzip' ] If the request contains an Accept-Encoding header, they are checked for the values listed here. The compression algorithm that produces the smallest transfer size is applied.
autoExt [] When a file is not found, and it doesn't end in a slash, then try auto-ext: we try to serve a file with the same name post-fixed with the specified strings, tested in the order listed. These are tested before auto-index, if any.
autoIndex [] When a file is not found, then try auto-index: we treat it as a directory, then try to serve a file that has the specified strings, tested in the order listed.
spaFile null Asset key of a content item to serve with a status code of 200 when a GET request comes arrives for an unknown asset, and the Accept header includes text/html.
notFoundPageFile null Asset key of a content item to serve with a status code of 404 when a GET request comes arrives for an unknown asset, and the Accept header includes text/html.

For staticItems:

  • Items that contain asterisks are interpreted as glob patterns (for example, /public/static/**/*.js)
  • Items that end with a trailing slash are interpreted as a directory name.
  • Items that don't contain asterisks and that do not end in slash are checked for exact match.

For compression, the following values are allowed:

  • 'br' - Brotli
  • 'gzip' - Gzip

Associating your project with a Fastly Service

The project created by this tool is a Fastly Compute JavaScript application, complete with a fastly.toml file that describes your project to the Fastly CLI.

To deploy your project to production, you deploy it to a Fastly service in your account. Usually, you create your service automatically as part of your first deployment of the project.

In this case, fastly.toml has no value for service_id at the time you deploy, so fastly compute publish will prompt you to create a Fastly service in your account for you (afterwards saving the new service's ID to your fastly.toml file).

Alternatively, you may deploy to a service that already exists. You can create this service using the Fastly CLI or the Fastly web app. Note that since this is a Compute application, the service must be created as a Wasm service.

Before deploying your application, specify the service by setting the service_id value in the fastly.toml file to the ID of the service. The fastly compute publish will deploy to the service identified by this value.

To specify the service at the time you are scaffolding the project (for example, if you are running this tool and deploying as part of a CI process), specify the --service-id command line argument to populate fastly.toml with this value.

Using the KV Store (BETA)

Starting with v4, it's now possible to upload assets to and serve them from a Fastly KV Store.

You can enable the use of KV Store with @fastly/compute-js-static-publish as you scaffold your application, or at any later time.

At the time you enable the use of KV Store:

# Create a KV Store
$ curl -i -X POST "https://api.fastly.com/resources/stores/kv" -H "Fastly-Key: YOUR_FASTLY_TOKEN" -H "Content-Type: application/json" -H "Accept: application/json" -d '{"name":"example-store"}'

# Link the KV Store to a service
$ curl -i -X POST "https://api.fastly.com/service/YOUR_FASTLY_SERVICE_ID/version/YOUR_FASTLY_SERVICE_VERSION/resource" -H "Fastly-Key: YOUR_FASTLY_TOKEN" -H "Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded" -H "Accept: application/json" -d "name=example-store-service-a&resource_id=YOUR_KV_STORE_ID"

Once the KV Store is created and linked to your service, add its name to your static-publish.rc.js file under the kvStoreName key.

To specify the KV Store at the time you are scaffolding the project (for example, if you are running this tool and deploying as part of a CI process), specify the --service-id and --kv-store-name command line arguments to populate the respective files with these values.

After you have done the above steps, go ahead and build your application as normal. If you use fastly compute build --verbose (or run npm run build directly), you should see output in your logs saying that files are being sent to the KV Store.

The statics-metadata.js file should now show "type": "kv-store" for content assets. Your Wasm binary should also be smaller, as the content of the files are no longer inlined in the build artifact. You can deploy this and run it from Fastly, and the referenced files will be served from KV Store.

You will also see entries in fastly.toml that represent the local KV Store. These enable the site to also run correctly when served using the local development environment.

Cleaning unused items from KV Store

The files that are uploaded to the KV Store are submitted using keys of the following format:


For example: 12345abcde67890ABCDE00:/public/index.html_br_aeed29478691e67f6d5s36b4ded20c17e9eae437614617067a8751882368b965

Using such a key ensures that whenever the file contents are identical, the same key will be generated.
This enables to detect whether an unchanged file already exists in the KV Store, avoiding having to re-submit files that have not changed. If the file contents have changed, then a new hash is generated. This ensures that even during the brief amount of time between deploys, any request served by a prior version will still serve the same corresponding previous version of the content.

However, this system never deletes files automatically. After many deployments, extraneous files may be left over.

@fastly/compute-js-static-publish includes a feature to delete these old versions of the files that are no longer being used. To run it, type the following command:

npx @fastly/compute-js-static-publish --clean-kv-store

It works by scanning statics-metadata.js for all currently-used keys. Then it enumerates all the existing keys in the configured KV Store and that belong to this application (can do so by narrowing down all keys to the ones that begin with the "publish id"). If any of the keys is not in the list of currently-used keys, then a request is made to delete that KV Store value.

And that's it! It should be possible to run this task to clean up once in a while.

Advanced Usages

The static-publish.rc.js config file

  • rootDir - All files under this root directory will be included by default in the publishing, except for those that are excluded using some of the following features. Files outside this root cannot be included in the publishing.

  • staticContentRootDir - Static asset loader and metadata files are created under this directory. For legacy compatibility, if not provided, defaults to './src'.

  • kvStoreName - Set this value to the name of an existing KV Store to enable uploading of content assets to Fastly KV Store. See Using the KV Store for more information.

  • excludeDirs - Specifies names of files and directories within rootDir to exclude from the publishing. Each entry can be a string or a JavaScript RegExp object. Every file and directory under rootDir is checked against each entry of the array by testing its path relative to rootDir. The file or directory (included all children) and excluded if the condition matches:

    • If a string is specified, then an exact match is checked.
    • If a RegExp is specified, then it is tested with the regular expression.
    • If this setting is not set, then the default value is ['./node_modules'].
    • If you specifically set this to the empty array, then no files are excluded by this mechanism.
  • excludeDotfiles - Unless disabled, will exclude all files and directories (and their children) whose names begin with a '.''. This is true by default.

  • includeWellKnown - Unless disabled, will include a file or directory called .well-known even if excludeDotfiles would normally exclude it. This is true by default.

  • contentAssetInclusionTest - Optionally specify a test function that can be run against each enumerated asset during the publishing, to determine whether to include the asset as a content asset. For every file, this function is passed the asset key, as well as its content type (MIME type string). You may return one of three values from this function:

    • Boolean true - Include the file as a content asset in this publishing. Upload the file to and serve it from the KV Store if KV Store mode is enabled, or include the contents of the file in the Wasm binary if KV Store mode is not enabled.
    • String "inline" - Include the file as a content asset in this publishing. Include the contents of the file in the Wasm binary, regardless of whether KV Store mode is enabled.
    • Boolean false - Do not include this file as a content asset in this publishing.

    If you do not provide a function, then every file will be included in this publishing as a content asset, and their contents will be uploaded to and served from the KV Store if KV Store mode is enabled, or included in the Wasm binary if KV Store mode is not enabled.

  • contentCompression - During the publishing, the tool will pre-generate compressed versions of content assets in these formats and make them available to the Publisher Server or your application. Default value is [ 'br' | 'gzip' ] if KV Store is enabled, or [] if KV Store is not enabled.

  • moduleAssetInclusionTest - Optionally specify a test function that can be run against each enumerated asset during the publishing, to determine whether to include the asset as a module asset. For every file, this function is passed the asset key, as well as its content type (MIME type string). You may return one of three values from this function:

    • true (boolean) - Include the file as a module asset in this publishing.
    • "static-import" (string) - Include the file as a module asset in this publishing, and statically import it. This causes any top-level code in these modules to run at application initialization time.
    • false (boolean) - Do not include this file as a module asset in this publishing.

    If you do not provide a function, then no module assets will be included in this publishing.

  • contentTypes - Provide custom content types and/or override them.

    This tool comes with a set of default content types defined for many common file extensions. This list can be used to add to and/or override items in the default list.

    Content type definitions are checked in the provided order, and if none of them match, the default content types are tested afterwards.

    Provide these as an array of content type definition objects, each with the following keys and values:

    • test - a RegExp or function to perform on the asset key. If the test succeeds, then the content asset is considered to be of this content type definition.
    • contentType - The content type header to apply when serving an asset of this content type definition.
    • text - If true, this content type definition is considered to contain textual data. This makes .text() and .json() available for calling on store entries. If not specified, this is treated as false.

    Note that content types are tested at publishing time, not at runtime.

  • server - Configuration of PublisherServer().

Running custom code alongside Publisher Server

The generated ./src/index.js program instantiates the server and simply asks it to respond to a request.

You are free to add code to this file.

For example, if the PublisherServer is unable to formulate a response to the request, then it returns null. You may add your own code to handle these cases, such as to provide custom responses.

import { getServer } from './statics.js';
const staticContentServer = getServer();

addEventListener("fetch", (event) => event.respondWith(handleRequest(event)));
async function handleRequest(event) {

  const response = await staticContentServer.serveRequest(event.request);
  if (response != null) {
    return response;
  // Do custom things here!
  // Handle API requests, serve non-static responses, etc.

  return new Response('Not found', { status: 404 });

Using published assets in your own application

Publishing, as described earlier, is the process of preparing files for inclusion into your application. This process also makes metadata available about each of the files that are included, such as its content type, the last modified date, the file hash, and so on.

The PublisherServer class used by the default scaffolded application is a simple application of this content and metadata. By importing ./statics.js into your Compute application, you can just as easily access this information about the assets that were included during publishing.

IMPORTANT: Use a static import statement, rather than using await import() to load ./statics.js, in order to ensure that its top-level code runs during the initialization phase of your Compute application.


There are two categories of assets: Content Assets and Module Assets.

  • A Content Asset is a type of asset where your application or a user of your application is interested in the text or binary contents of an asset.

    The data of each content asset can exist in one of two stores:

    • Inline Store - this is a data store that exists within the Wasm binary.
    • Fastly KV Store - Fastly's distributed edge data store. Data can be placed here without impacting the size of your Wasm binary.

    Your application can stream the contents of these assets to a visitor, or read from the stream itself and access its contents.

  • A Module Asset is a type of asset where your application wants to load the asset as a module, and use it as part of its running code. Their contents are actually built at publishing time and their built representation is included in the Wasm binary. They can be imported statically at will, and your application is able to execute the code exported by these modules.

Asset Keys

When working with content assets or module assets from your application, they are referenced by their asset key, which is the relative path of the file from rootDir, including the leading slash.

Content Assets

You can obtain the content assets included in publishing by importing the contentAssets object exported from ./statics.js.

import { contentAssets } from './statics';

// Obtain a content asset named '/public/index.html'
const asset = contentAssets.getAsset('/public/index.html');

// 'wasm-inline' if object's data is 'inlined' into Wasm binary
// 'kv-store' if object's data exists in Fastly KV Store

// Get the "store entry"
const storeEntry = await asset.getStoreEntry();

storeEntry.contentEncoding; // null, 'br', 'gzip'
storeEntry.hash; // SHA256 of the contents of the file
storeEntry.size; // Size of file in bytes

Regardless of which store these objects come from, they implement the Body interface as defined by @fastly/js-compute. As such, you are able to work with them in the same way to obtain their contents:

storeEntry.body; // ReadableStream<Uint8Array>
storeEntry.bodyUsed; // true if consumed or distrubed

// Get the data as ArrayBuffer, parsed JSON, or string
// The latter two are only available if the data is a text type
const arrayBuffer = await storeEntry.arrayBuffer();
const json = await storeEntry.json();
const text = await storeEntry.text();

Or, if you don't care about the contents but just want to stream it to the visitor, you can pass the .body field directly to the Response constructor:

const response = new Response(storeEntry.body, { status: 200 });

IMPORTANT: Once a store entry is consumed, its body cannot be read from again. If you need to access the contents of the same asset more than once, you may obtain another store entry, as in the following example:

import { contentAssets } from './statics';
const asset = contentAssets.getAsset('/public/index.html');
const entry1 = await asset.getStoreEntry(); // Get a new store entry
const json1a = await entry1.json();
const json1b = await entry1.json(); // Can't do this, the body has already been consumed!

const entry2 = await asset.getStoreEntry(); // Get a new store entry for same asset
const json2a = await entry2.json(); // This will work.

Module Assets

Module assets are useful when an asset includes executable JavaScript code that you may want to execute at runtime.

You can obtain the module assets included in publishing by importing the moduleAssets object exported from ./statics.js. Keep in mind that by default, no modules are included in moduleAssets. If you wish to include module assets, you must configure your publishing to include them. See moduleAssetInclusionTest in the static-publish.rc.js config file for more details.


export function hello() {
  console.log('Hello, World!');
import { moduleAssets } from './statics';

// Obtain a module asset named '/module/hello.js'
const asset = contentAssets.getAsset('/module/hello.js');

// Load the module
const helloModule = await asset.getModule();

helloModule.hello(); // Will print "Hello, World!"


In some use cases, you may have a use case where you need to know about the files that were included during publishing, but not in the context of Compute. (e.g., a tool that runs in Node.js that performs some maintenance task on assets).

You cannot import ./statics.js from a Node.js application, as it holds dependencies on Compute.

Instead, you can import ./statics-metadata.js, a companion file that is generated in the same directory. This file exposes plain JavaScript objects that contain the metadata about your content assets that were included in the final publishing event.

See the definition of ContentAssetMetadataMapEntry in the types/content-assets file for more details.

Using Webpack

As of v4, Webpack is no longer required, and is no longer part of the default scaffolded application. If you wish to use some features of Webpack, you may include Webpack in your generated application by specifying --webpack at the command line.




If you encounter any non-security-related bug or unexpected behavior, please file an issue.

Security issues

Please see our SECURITY.md for guidance on reporting security-related issues.





ID Version
command-line-args ^5.2.1
glob-to-regexp ^0.4.1

Development Dependencies

ID Version
@fastly/js-compute ^3.0.0
@types/command-line-args ^5.2.0
@types/glob-to-regexp ^0.4.1
@types/node ^18.0.0
rimraf ^4.3.0
typescript ^5.0.2

Peer Dependencies

ID Version
@fastly/js-compute ^2.0.0 || ^3.0.0


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