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How to check if a node file is running as a script?

What is a Script?

A script is a code that you can run directly from your terminal.

It is a runnable code

Here is a minimal node script

const run = async () => {

(async () => {
  try {
    await run();
  } catch (err) {
    // eslint-disable-next-line

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How we run scripts at Woovi monorepo?

We run node scripts in many ways:

node path/to/myScript.ts

yarn es path/to/myScript.ts

yarn w path/to/myScript.ts

yarn es is the same as node -r esbuild-register, it is running node using esbuild

yarn w is running the script using webpack

We use esbuild and webpack to be able to run any code in our monorepo, using typescript.

This causes a lot of trouble to detecting if a file is running as the entrypoint of a script or not.

How to check if a node file is running as a script?

We use !module.parent for node and esbuild, but we inject WEBPACK_ENTRY when using webpack, as we run the final webpack bundled code.

import path from 'path';

const cwd = process.cwd();

export const isMainScript = (require, module, filename: string) => {
  // webpack_entry is the real
  if (process.env.WEBPACK_ENTRY) {
    const fullEntry = path.join(cwd, process.env.WEBPACK_ENTRY);
    const fullFilename = path.join(cwd, filename);

    if (fullEntry === fullFilename) {
      return true;

    return false;

  if (!module.parent) {
    return true;

  // eslint-disable-next-line
  console.log('not main script, check your script code');

  return false;
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In Conclusion

We need to detect if a file is running as script to avoid running the file script code if we are sharing some code.

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