# GNOME Javascript Introduction

Welcome to GNOME Javascript (GJS)! This first page details key differences from other Javascript frameworks you've used in the past.

# Imports and Modules

In GJS every file is treated as a "module" and any variable declared as using 'var' (or global scope) is exported. Each "module" is imported using the 'imports' object using the pattern imports.[fileName] where the file's literal name is fileName.js. If your fileName contains a character that is not a valid Javascript identifier you can access it using the object+key syntax: object['fileName'].

# a.js:

var A = class A { }

# b.js:

Standard SyntaxQuick Object Syntax
const A = imports.a;
let a = new A.A();
const { A } = imports.a;
let a = new A();

Modules are searched in paths defined in the array imports.searchPath. You can modify the value of imports.searchPath to include the directories where to look for modules.

# Import Versioning

# In A GTK+ Application

Use pkg.require({}) !!

# Elsewhere

Use imports.gi.Versions.Gtk = X; !!

# Logging

console is not defined in GJS, for basic logging use the built-in function log(message)

# Extending GObject Classes

GJS supports native ES6 classes but requires a few changes to any class that extends from a GObject class (a subclass of a GTK+ widget or of a GLib class for instance).

Standard ES6 ClassGObject Subclass
var A = class A extends B {
    constructor(x, y){
        this.y = y;
var A = GObject.registerClass(
        GTypeName: 'A',
    class A extends GObject.Object {
        _init(x, y) {
            this.y = y;            
Last Updated: 10/19/2021, 9:56:06 PM