Alternative, faster React.js JSX parser
Last updated 3 years ago by jbboehr .
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This is plugin for Acorn - a tiny, fast JavaScript parser, written completely in JavaScript.

It was created as an experimental alternative, faster React.js JSX parser.

According to benchmarks, Acorn-JSX is 2x faster than official Esprima-based parser when location tracking is turned on in both (call it "source maps enabled mode"). At the same time, it consumes all the ES6+JSX syntax that can be consumed by Esprima-FB (this is proved by official tests).

UPDATE [14-Apr-2015]: Facebook implementation started deprecation process in favor of Acorn + Acorn-JSX + Babel for parsing and transpiling JSX syntax.


Please note that this tool only parses source code to JSX AST, which is useful for various language tools and services. If you want to transpile your code to regular ES5-compliant JavaScript with source map, check out the babel transpiler which uses acorn-jsx under the hood.


You can use module directly in order to get Acorn instance with plugin installed:

var acorn = require('acorn-jsx');

Or you can use inject.js for injecting plugin into your own version of Acorn like following:

var acorn = require('acorn-jsx/inject')(require('./custom-acorn'));

Then, use plugins option whenever you need to support JSX while parsing:

var ast = acorn.parse(code, {
  plugins: { jsx: true }

Note that official spec doesn't support mix of XML namespaces and object-style access in tag names (#27) like in <namespace:Object.Property />, so it was deprecated in acorn-jsx@3.0. If you still want to opt-in to support of such constructions, you can pass the following option:

var ast = acorn.parse(code, {
  plugins: {
    jsx: { allowNamespacedObjects: true }

Also, since most apps use pure React transformer, a new option was introduced that allows to prohibit namespaces completely:

var ast = acorn.parse(code, {
  plugins: {
    jsx: { allowNamespaces: false }

Note that by default allowNamespaces is enabled for spec compliancy.


This plugin is issued under the MIT license.

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