Building Libraries

Taskcluster's libraries show a great deal more variety than the microservices. Some aim to be useful outside of Taskcluster, while others are designed specifically for use in our own services. As such, they share less in common. However, we can identify a few best practices.


Libraries should be in the taskcluster Github org. Those specific to Taskcluster should have the repo prefix taskcluster-lib-, while those intended for general use can have arbitrary names.


Use the files property in package.json to whitelist the files that should be included in the library distribution. This avoids packaging unnecessary files into the distribution, and more importantly avoids accidentally picking up files containing credentials! Do not include a .npmignore file.

This is often as simple as

  "files": [

You can check what files are being included with tar -ztf $(npm pack).

If the library is transpiled, be sure to include both the ES6/7 input files and the transpiled output.

Managing Dependencies

We have moved from npm to yarn for as much as possible. This means that you should not npm install anything and there is no npm-shrinkwrap.json. Generally you'll want yarn install and yarn add in place of npm install and npm install <package>. Yarn should keep everything in a yarn.lock file that is committed to version control.

Part Of The @taskcluster NPM Org

Ensure that your npm library is part of the @taskcluster team.

Publish On Tag

Set up libraries to publish on a tag using Travis-CI. The appropriate API token is for the 'taskcluster-bot' user, and the the token itself is available in the password store. Use email

To publish, run npm version patch (or minor or major depending on the semver changes). This will update the version, create a new git commit, and create a tag. So you only need to push to upstream with and without --tags:

git push upstream
git push upstream --tags

When the Travis job for that push completes, the new version should be deployed. Note that the browser UI is cached and may not immediately represent the updated version.