Module metadata

Concepts

Example

The example below uses two modules to show the difference between import.meta.url, import.meta.main and Deno.mainModule. In this example, module_a.ts is the main module entry point:

/**
 * module_b.ts
 */
export function outputB() {
  console.log("Module B's import.meta.url", import.meta.url);
  console.log("Module B's mainModule url", Deno.mainModule);
  console.log(
    "Is module B the main module via import.meta.main?",
    import.meta.main,
  );
}
/**
 * module_a.ts
 */
import { outputB } from "./module_b.ts";

function outputA() {
  console.log("Module A's import.meta.url", import.meta.url);
  console.log("Module A's mainModule url", Deno.mainModule);
  console.log(
    "Is module A the main module via import.meta.main?",
    import.meta.main,
  );
}

outputA();
console.log("");
outputB();

If module_a.ts is located in /home/alice/deno then the output of deno run --allow-read module_a.ts is:

Module A's import.meta.url file:///home/alice/deno/module_a.ts
Module A's mainModule url file:///home/alice/deno/module_a.ts
Is module A the main module via import.meta.main? true

Module B's import.meta.url file:///home/alice/deno/module_b.ts
Module B's mainModule url file:///home/alice/deno/module_a.ts
Is module B the main module via import.meta.main? false