Webpack - How to add a CSS file in the head of index.ejs?


I’m trying to load a css file immediately to style a loading screen in my application.

Right now I have a style.css file included in main.js, but there is a noticeable delay between when the loading section is displayed and when the styles are applied.

How can I add this css file to the head of the index.ejs? I imagine I could use some kind of variable in the webpack.config.js file but I’m not sure how to set that up.

This is what I want to do:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title><%- htmlWebpackPlugin.options.metadata.title %></title>
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
    <base href="<%- htmlWebpackPlugin.options.metadata.baseUrl %>">
    <!-- this doesn't work -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="src/css/style.css" />
    <!-- imported CSS are concatenated and added automatically -->
  <body aurelia-app="main">
    <% if (htmlWebpackPlugin.options.metadata.server) { %>
    <!-- Webpack Dev Server reload -->
    <script src="/webpack-dev-server.js"></script>
    <% } %>
    <div id="splash-screen>


Total hack but I just used CopyWebpackPlugin to copy the raw css file to the output folder.
If anybody finds a better way please let me know.


plugins: [
  new CopyWebpackPlugin([
      { from: 'src/css/style.css', to: 'style.css' }


  <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" />


You need extract-text-webpack-plugin. It will extract CSS into a separate file and then html-webpack-plugin will generate html based on your ejs


I just realized it actually works fine by default but only when built with -env prod.

This is in the webpack.config.js

...when(extractCss, new ExtractTextPlugin({
  filename: production ? '[md5:contenthash:hex:20].css' : '[id].css',

  allChunks: true

And extractCss is only true for ‘prod’ by default in aurelia.json

"build": {
    "options": {
      "server": "dev",
      "extractCss": "prod",
      "coverage": false