Origami Frontend Components & Services

Migrate from Bower to npm

Origami components may be installed using Bower or npm package managers, however npm is considered experimental. Before migrating to npm you may want to wait until new versions of components are released which drop bower support, in favour of npm only. Origami components will be migrated to npm fully by Q3 2021.

Current Benefits

Current Drawbacks

Note: These drawbacks will be addressed with component updates by Q3 2021.

Migrating a project which uses Origami components from bower to npmjs


Replace bower.json

Copy all Origami dependencies from bower.json.dependencies and place in package.json.dependencies and then prepend their names with @financial-times.

E.G. bower.json

  "name": "origami-registry-ui",
  "dependencies": {
    "o-autoinit": "^1.3.3",
    "o-buttons": "^5.11.1",
    "o-colors": "^4.2.4",
    "o-grid": "^4.3.8",
    "o-header-services": "^2.2.0",
    "o-fonts": "^3.0.4",
    "o-footer-services": "^2.0.1",
    "o-forms": "^5.3.0",
    "o-message": "^2.2.2",
    "o-syntax-highlight": "^1.2.0",
    "o-tabs": "^4.1.0",
    "o-typography": "^5.6.0",
    "o-normalise": "^1.6.2",
    "o-overlay": "^2.4.1",
    "o-table": "^7.0.1",
    "o-visual-effects": "^2.0.3",
    "o-loading": "^2.2.2"

Becomes a package.json that looks like this

  "name": "origami-registry-ui",
  "dependencies": {
    "@financial-times/o-autoinit": "^1.3.3",
    "@financial-times/o-buttons": "^5.11.1",
    "@financial-times/o-colors": "^4.2.4",
    "@financial-times/o-grid": "^4.3.8",
    "@financial-times/o-header-services": "^2.2.0",
    "@financial-times/o-fonts": "^3.0.4",
    "@financial-times/o-footer-services": "^2.0.1",
    "@financial-times/o-forms": "^5.3.0",
    "@financial-times/o-message": "^2.2.2",
    "@financial-times/o-syntax-highlight": "^1.2.0",
    "@financial-times/o-tabs": "^4.1.0",
    "@financial-times/o-typography": "^5.6.0",
    "@financial-times/o-normalise": "^1.6.2",
    "@financial-times/o-overlay": "^2.4.1",
    "@financial-times/o-table": "^7.0.1",
    "@financial-times/o-visual-effects": "^2.0.3",
    "@financial-times/o-loading": "^2.2.2"

If you have anything left in your bower.json.dependencies, you should see if they exist on npmjs and use that version instead. Migrating a project becomes much simpler when there are no bower.json dependencies at all.

Run npm install, if it fails and says something similar to “code ETARGET No matching version found for @financial-times/example”, it means that you would also need to update to the latest version of that component. This is because we have not published all the historical versions of Origami components onto npmjs.

Once you can run npm install and it completes a full installation, you can move on to updating the code in your project to use the npmjs version of Origami.

Update JavaScript imports

Origami components on npmjs have their JavaScript code namespaced onto @financial-times. This means that in your code you will need to update all require/import calls to include this namespace.

E.G. import Layout from "o-layout"; would become import Layout from "@financial-times/o-layout";

If you are doing any require/import calls to files within the src folder, they would also need to be updated to use the dist folder instead. E.G. import Layout from "o-layout/src/js/layout"; would become import Layout from "@financial-times/o-layout/dist/js/layout";

Update Sass imports

If using Sass from Origami, you do not need to change the @import or @include however you will need to update the Sass-compiler’s includePaths option to list node_modules and node_modules/@financial-times, instead of bower_components.

This can usually be done via the .sassrc file, like below:

	"includePaths": [

Avoid multiple versions of Origami in the dependency tree

There is a tool called is-origami-flat which can be used to report about any Origami packages which are included with more than one version. E.G. Detecting that @financial-times/o-table@6 and @financial-times/o-table@7 are both in the dependency tree.

Below we will set up is-origami-flat to fail a project which has multiple versions of Origami dependencies.

Here is how to use it with an npm/yarn/pnpm project:

  1. Run the package is-origami-flat before npm pack/npm publish/npm install by adding a prepare script to the package.json.
    "prepare": "npx is-origami-flat"


npm errors with ETARGET error

This is due to the version of the package not being on npm, you will need to upgrade to the latest version of the package in order to use it via npm.

Sass cannot build

In order for Sass to find the mixins etc for Origami, you will need to add node_modules and node_modules/@financial-times to the Sass ‘includePaths’.