Field ‘browser’ doesn’t contain a valid alias configuration

SyntaxFix
2 min readMar 4, 2022

What is the problem ?

I’ve started using webpack2 (to be precise, v2.3.2) and after re-creating my config I keep running into an issue I can't seem to solve I get (sorry in advance for ugly dump):

ERROR in ./src/main.js
Module not found: Error: Can't resolve 'components/DoISuportIt' in '[absolute path to my repo]/src'
resolve 'components/DoISuportIt' in '[absolute path to my repo]/src'
Parsed request is a module
using description file: [absolute path to my repo]/package.json (relative path: ./src)
Field 'browser' doesn't contain a valid alias configuration
aliased with mapping 'components': '[absolute path to my repo]/src/components' to '[absolute path to my repo]/src/components/DoISuportIt'
using description file: [absolute path to my repo]/package.json (relative path: ./src)
Field 'browser' doesn't contain a valid alias configuration
after using description file: [absolute path to my repo]/package.json (relative path: ./src)
using description file: [absolute path to my repo]/package.json (relative path: ./src/components/DoISuportIt)
as directory
[absolute path to my repo]/src/components/DoISuportIt doesn't exist
no extension
Field 'browser' doesn't contain a valid alias configuration
[absolute path to my repo]/src/components/DoISuportIt doesn't exist
.js
Field 'browser' doesn't contain a valid alias configuration
[absolute path to my repo]/src/components/DoISuportIt.js doesn't exist
.jsx
Field 'browser' doesn't contain a valid alias configuration
[absolute path to my repo]/src/components/DoISuportIt.jsx doesn't exist
[[absolute path to my repo]/src/components/DoISuportIt]
[[absolute path to my repo]/src/components/DoISuportIt]
[[absolute path to my repo]/src/components/DoISuportIt.js]
[[absolute path to my repo]/src/components/DoISuportIt.jsx]

package.json

{
"version": "1.0.0",
"main": "./src/main.js",
"scripts": {
"build": "webpack --progress --display-error-details"
},
"devDependencies": {
...
},
"dependencies": {
...
}
}

In terms of the browser field it's complaining about, the documentation I've been able to find on this is: package-browser-field-spec. There is also webpack documentation for it, but it seems to have it turned on by default: aliasFields: ["browser"]. I tried adding a browser field to my package.json but that didn't seem to do any good.

webpack.config.js

import path from 'path';
const source = path.resolve(__dirname, 'src');
export default {
context: __dirname,
entry: './src/main.js',
output: {
path: path.resolve(__dirname, 'dist'),
filename: '[name].js',
},
resolve: {
alias: {
components: path.resolve(__dirname, 'src/components'),
},
extensions: ['.js', '.jsx'],
},
module: {
rules: [
{
test: /\.(js|jsx)$/,
include: source,
use: {
loader: 'babel-loader',
query: {
cacheDirectory: true,
},
},
},
{
test: /\.css$/,
include: source,
use: [
{ loader: 'style-loader' },
{
loader: 'css-loader',
query: {
importLoader: 1,
localIdentName: '[path]___[name]__[local]___[hash:base64:5]',
modules: true,
},
},
],
},
],
},
};

src/main.js

import DoISuportIt from 'components/DoISuportIt';

src/components/DoISuportIt/index.jsx

export default function() { ... }

For completeness, .babelrc

{
"presets": [
"latest",
"react"
],
"plugins": [
"react-css-modules"
],
"env": {
"production": {
"compact": true,
"comments": false,
"minified": true
}
},
"sourceMaps": true
}

What am I doing wrong/missing?

The Perfect Solution is …

Turned out to be an issue with Webpack just not resolving an import — talk about horrible horrible error messages :(

// Had to change
import DoISuportIt from 'components/DoISuportIt';
// To (notice the missing `./`)
import DoISuportIt from './components/DoISuportIt';

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