Understanding the concept of features in MagicJS

Magic features are toolkits that empower developers to effortlessly add complex functionalities to their projects, promoting reusability, efficiency, and flexibility in development.

Picture this: you've developed a chat feature for one project. Say, you have another project which requires the same chat feature.

What if you can connect your chat feature from your old project by just copying a single folder and pasting it into your new project? All the integrations, dependencies, required APIs, etc. can be integrated into your new project by just pasting a single package folder.

Let's dive a bit deeper into the concept of "Magic Features" and break down the key aspects.

1. Reusability:

  • A "magic feature" is like a pre-packaged set of functionalities and components that can be reused across different projects.

  • In our example given in Introduction, the chat feature serves as a standalone "magic feature" that you can easily transplant from one project to another.

2. Efficiency:

  • Instead of manually recreating the entire chat feature every time you start a new project, you can install the "magic feature" by simply pasting a single folder into your project.

  • This significantly reduces development time and effort, making the process more efficient.

3. Dependencies and Integrations:

  • A "magic feature" includes all the necessary files, dependencies, and integrations needed for the specific functionality it provides.

  • For the chat feature, this includes files for the user interface, backend logic, and connections to external services or APIs.

4. Modularity:

  • "Magic features" are designed to be modular, meaning they can be easily integrated into different projects without causing conflicts or disruptions.

  • The chat feature, as a "magic feature", seamlessly fits into any project using MagicJS, showcasing its adaptability.

5. Potency of Functionalities:

  • "Magic features" are not just basic components; they often encapsulate powerful functionalities that can enhance the capabilities of your web application.

  • In our case, the chat feature comes with features like real-time messaging, notifications, and other advanced communication tools.

6. Elevating Development Speed:

  • By leveraging "magic features", developers can accelerate the development process, as they don't have to build every feature from scratch.

  • This speedier development cycle can be crucial in meeting tight deadlines or quickly prototyping new ideas.

7. Flexibility:

  • "Magic features" enhance the flexibility of web application development by providing developers with pre-built, customizable solutions.

  • Developers can tweak and customize the "magic feature" to suit the specific requirements of their project.

Let's see how we can create a magic feature.

  1. Create a folder for your feature, say chat feature and add a config.json file.

Here, config,json file is the part where your folder turns into a "magic feature".

Refer the below example of config.json.

    "name": "Simple Chat",
    "packageId": "@mern.ai/simple-real-time-chat",
    "description": "It usually helps in real-time communication between two or more users.",
    "published": true,
    "quickStart": true,
    "categories": [
    "sourceFiles": [
            "uri": "chat.client.tsx",
            "pageId": "chat",
            "suggestedPath": "/chat"
    "aliases": [
            "fileName": "chat.client.tsx",
            "alias": "@mern.ai/chat"
    "screenshots": [
    "featureTitle": "Real Time Chat"
  1. Now you can develop your magic feature inside this folder. As you develop the magic feature, the whole functionality and integrations for this particular magic feature to work should be present in this folder only.

You can publish your feature for other developers to use as well! Just publish it in our Discord community.

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