Latest regexp features in atom package


I am developing a package for atom.
I have faced an issue with regexps.
I would like to use latest regexp features like s flag, or named groups etc. Currently, electron is using a bit old chromium version

$ npm i -D electron@latest
Electron 2.0.5
Node 8.9.3
Chromium 61.0.3163.100

After electron v3 release new regexp features will work. But I need to get them work now.
How can I add babel-plugin-transform-modern-regexp

Can anyone help me with this?
Thanks in advance!


You need to compile your package’s code using Babel. I guess your .babelrc would look something like the following – I haven’t tested this!

    "presets": [
            "env", {
                "targets": {
                    "electron": "2.0.0",
                "useBuiltIns": true,
    "plugins": [

This config is based on @jneuendorf’s post.

You can use Node scripts in your package manifest to compile your source.


"scripts": {
    "build": "babel src -d lib"
"devDependencies": {
    "babel-cli": "^6.0.0",
    "babel-plugin-transform-modern-regexp": "^0.0.5"

Note: You can compile your code whenever a user installs your package (see postinstall in the scripts documentation), but that has one major drawback: you cannot use devDependencies.


many thanks for your help! I will try that. Thank you!


You can also transpile your code before publishing the package using prepublish and friends. Thus your dev code would then live in your repo and the transpiled/bundled code in the apm registry.