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How to Use a Library in Next.JS That Wants Window.Whatever

A photo of windows.

How to use a library that expects to be running in a browser, but is breaking when rendered server-side in the node.js environment, or, how to make react-chat-widget work in next.js.

This article uses the Korerorero project as an example. Korerorero is an open source implementation of an animated chatbot with voice recognition.

Here’s what happens in the example above. On line 4 a promise is created, which will resolve to the variable mod when the library is loaded. Then the fully initialized Widget is available as a property on mod.

On line 6 the call to dynamic is configured with an option that tells the framework only to invoke the import in the browser environment.

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