Third-party dependencies

Third-party dependencies will generally work out-of-the-box with Hydrogen. This guide describes how to install third-party dependencies, where to insert them, and offers tips for troubleshooting dependencies.

Install dependencies

To install third party dependencies, run the following command:

Where to insert dependencies

Consider the following:

  • If the dependency interacts with useState or browser APIs, then place it inside a *.client.jsx component. Follow the rules of server and client components.
  • If the dependency is purely client-based, and you don't need to interact with it in individual components, then you can insert it in src/entry-client.jsx.
  • If the dependency includes a style import from a CSS file, then you can import that in src/entry-client.jsx.

Troubleshooting dependencies

When bundling third-party dependencies, you might see errors in development or production related to the incorrect bundle type being used from the package.

This happens because Vite uses a heuristic to determine whether to load a module-based import (ESM) or a CommonJS-based import (CJS). Sometimes, the heuristic chooses the wrong version, or the third-party package formats their project in an unusual way.

To fix this, you can try adding the dependency to the optimizeDeps.include property of your vite.config.js file:

Similarly, if you find that a dependency is being optimized when it shouldn't, you can try adding the dependency to optimizeDeps.exclude to see if it fixes the issue.

More help

  • Learn more about dependency pre-bundling and optimization in Vite.

  • Check this GitHub discussion to see if another developer has the same issue or report a new issue to Hydrogen maintainers.