Opal & Sprockets

The opal-sprockets gem adds sprockets support to Opal, providing a simple Opal::Sprockets::server class to make it easy to get a rack server up and running for trying out opal. This server will automatically recompile ruby sources when they change, meaning you just need to refresh your page to autorun.

Getting setup

Add rack & opal-sprockets to your Gemfile:

source 'https://rubygems.org'

gem 'rack'
gem 'opal-sprockets'

And install with bundle install.

We need a directory to hold our opal code, so create app/ and add a simple demo script to app/application.rb:

# app/application.rb
require 'opal'

puts "hello world"

If we do not provide an HTML index, sprockets will generate one automatically; however, it is often useful to override the default with a custom erb file:

<%# index.erb %>
<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>opal server example</title>
    <%= javascript_include_tag @server.main %>
    you've reached the custom index!

Using Opal::Server

Opal::Server can be run like any rack app, so just add a config.ru file:

# config.ru
require 'opal-sprockets'

run Opal::Server.new { |s|
  s.append_path 'app'

  s.main = 'application'

  # override the default index with our custom index
  s.index_path = 'index.erb'

This rack app simply adds our app/ directory to opal load path, and sets our main file to application, which will be found inside app/.

Running the app

Run bundle exec rackup and visit the page http://localhost:9292 in any browser. Observe the console to see the printed statement.

You can just change app/application.rb and refresh the page to see any changes.

Using an existing sprockets instance

We only need to append Opal paths to the existing sprockets instance.

require 'sprockets'
environment = Sprockets::Environment.new

require 'opal'
Opal.paths.each do |path|
  environment.append_path path