Import an external library into a javascript file


I’have purchased a plugin called filePicker that I want to use in one of my vue.js components.

When I tried to import its libraries this way

    import {filepicker} from '../filepicker';
    import {filepickerdrop} from '../filepicker-drop';

When I run npm run dev the 1st time after this, it asked to install this library

npm install --save filepicker

When I did and tried npm run dev the 2nd time, it asked for this

npm install --save fs net tls

I did and run npm run dev a 3rd time, it asked me for this

npm install --save fs

This dependency was not found: * fs in ./node_modules/request/lib/har.js

Problem: It keeps asking me to install this fs library.

These installs have updated my package.json to this

"dependencies": {
    "filepicker": "^0.2.0",
    "fs": "0.0.1-security",
    "net": "^1.0.2",
    "tls": "0.0.1"

This shows that the library FilePicker has been successfully installed, but the library fs-security that it’s using is nowhere to be found.

This mentions that “this package name is not currently in use.” What does this mean?

LakiGeri, has suggested to locally install the FilePicker according to this post. The errors show above that fs is the one who needs to be installed. And I don’t have this library to install it.
LakiGeri also suggested to follow the doc specifications. I’m not even able to import its libraries, so how can even start to work on its configuration.
The third advise was to manually update the dependencies in the package.json file. It has already been updated.

I also opened an issue on npm github repo. I still have no feedback there.

I ran some search, and this js lib of the filepicker package is not available on But you can install the lib from local (check this answer), or you can add the path of the lib in the package.json like this. After you imported it, I think you should do nothing, but if it will not work, you have to init this lib as its doc says.

I hope it helps!

The plugin author has just replied and updated his sittings for Laravel.
Add the following in webpack.mix.js with the following:

const path = require('path')

    resolve: {
        alias: {
            'filepicker': path.join(__dirname, './resources/assets/js/vendor/filepicker'),
            'filepicker-ui': path.join(__dirname, './resources/assets/js/vendor/filepicker-ui'),
            'filepicker-drop': path.join(__dirname, './resources/assets/js/vendor/filepicker-drop'),
            'filepicker-crop': path.join(__dirname, './resources/assets/js/vendor/filepicker-crop'),
            'filepicker-camera': path.join(__dirname, './resources/assets/js/vendor/filepicker-camera'),

Now you can import the Filepicker files like this:

import 'filepicker';
import 'filepicker-ui';
import 'filepicker-drop';
import 'filepicker-crop';
import 'filepicker-camera';

Now it works.

Big thanks to LakiGeri for being the only one helping.