Fixing 'Automatic PublicPath Not Supported' Error: A Comprehensive Browser Compatibility Guide

While working on a project, you might encounter the 'Automatic PublicPath Not Supported' error. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to fix this error and ensure your project's compatibility with different browsers. We will provide a step-by-step solution and address some frequently asked questions.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding PublicPath
  2. Causes of the Error
  3. Step-by-Step Solution
  4. FAQ
  5. Related Links

Understanding PublicPath

publicPath is a configuration option in webpack that specifies the public URL address of the output directory when referenced in a browser. It helps browsers locate assets such as images, fonts, and other files generated by webpack. By default, webpack uses an empty string and assumes your assets are located in the root directory.

Read more about publicPath in the webpack documentation

Causes of the Error

The 'Automatic PublicPath Not Supported' error occurs when the publicPath option is not explicitly set in your webpack configuration file, and the browser you are using does not support the automatic publicPath feature.

This compatibility issue arises in older browsers that lack support for the currentScript property, which webpack uses to automatically determine the publicPath.

Step-by-Step Solution

Follow these steps to fix the 'Automatic PublicPath Not Supported' error:

  1. Locate your webpack configuration file (usually named webpack.config.js).
  2. Open the file in a text editor.
  3. Find the output object within the configuration.
  4. Set the publicPath property to the appropriate value. This value should be the public URL where your assets will be hosted.


module.exports = {
  // ...
  output: {
    // ...
    publicPath: '/assets/'
  // ...

In this example, the assets will be hosted under the /assets/ directory.

  1. Save and close the file.
  2. Rebuild your project using the webpack command or your preferred build tool.
  3. Test your project in the browser to confirm the error has been resolved.


1. How do I determine the correct publicPath value?

The publicPath value depends on your project's structure and where your assets will be hosted. For example, if your assets are located in a /static/ folder, you should set the publicPath to /static/.

2. Can I use a relative path for the publicPath value?

Yes, you can use a relative path as the publicPath value. However, this may cause issues if your application uses client-side routing or has a nested directory structure. It's recommended to use an absolute path to avoid potential issues.

3. Will setting the publicPath value affect my development environment?

It depends on your development environment setup. If you use webpack's development server or hot module replacement, you may need to adjust the publicPath value accordingly. You can use environment variables or separate configuration files to handle different environments.

4. Why is the currentScript property not supported in some browsers?

The currentScript property is part of the HTML5 specification and is not supported in older browsers such as Internet Explorer. Modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari support the currentScript property.

5. Do I need to change anything else in my code after setting the publicPath value?

No, webpack handles asset URLs automatically based on the publicPath value. You do not need to change any other parts of your code.

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