Create a parent EdgeWorker

In this example you'll learn how to use flexible composition to deploy two separate EdgeWorkers to the Akamai staging network for the same website. Each EdgeWorkers function is created and maintained by a separate development team in the same organization.

The Marketing team uses their child EdgeWorker to localize an ad campaign for a specific sales region. The CoreSite team uses their parent EdgeWorker to pull the site together. In the future, the CoreSite team plans to add another child EdgeWorkers from the Security development team.

Here's the dependency hierarchy for this example.

CoreSite EdgeWorker
 + marketing (EW 80552)

Before you start

Create a child EdgeWorker called Marketing. Deploy and activate it on the Akamai staging network.

  • You can use the instructions in the EdgeWorkers Management application Hello World example to create an EdgeWorker ID and activate the code sample below.
  • For best results, use the Dynamic Compute resource tier when creating your EdgeWorker ID.
  • Remember to note the EdgeWorker ID, you’ll need it to update the dependency list in the parent EdgeWorker.
  • Make sure you activate the child EdgeWorker before trying to import it into a parent. The import will fail if the child is not yet activated.

Here's the JavaScript source code for the main.js file.

import { logger } from 'log';

export function getMarketingHeader() {
  logger.log("Marketing EdgeWorker called");
  return "<!-- Marketing header goes here -->";

// Not used.
export function onClientRequest (request) {}

Create the parent EdgeWorker

1. Import the child EdgeWorker

  1. Add an import statement to the main.js file to import the Marketing EdgeWorker as a child.
  2. You can use the following JavaScript source code to create a main.js file.
import * as marketing from "marketing";

export function onClientRequest(request) {
   let marketingHeader = marketing.getMarketingHeader();

   request.respondWith(200, {}, `
<h1>Hello Flexible Composition World!</h1>

2. Add the child EdgeWorker as a dependency

In order to import the EdgeWorkers, you need to declare a set of dependencies in the bundle.json file. On loading the EdgeWorkers function, the dependencies are loaded as modules.

  1. Add a dependencies section to the bundle.json file to add the Marketing EdgeWorker as a child.

  2. Enter the name of the dependency that you want to add as a child. You'll need to use this exact name in the import statement and in the main.js file of the parent EdgeWorker. In this example we're using "marketing".

  3. Enter the EdgeWorker ID of the child you want to import. In this example the EdgeWorker ID is 80552. You'll need to change this to the actual child EdgeWorker ID that you just created.

  4. Enter active as the version. This imports the version of the EdgeWorker ID specified in the previous step that is currently active on the Akamai network. When you use the active version, dynamic reactivation will occur if you create and activate a new version of this child EdgeWorker.

    "edgeworker-version": "1",
    "description" : "Get our marketing header",
    "dependencies": {
        "marketing": {
            "edgeWorkerId": 80552,
            "version": "active"
  1. Create a code bundle for these files.
  2. Create an EdgeWorker ID named CoreSite.
  3. Create a version and drop the tgz code bundle in the Create version window and click the Create version button again.
  4. Next, Activate an EdgeWorker version.

View the Revision details

Select CoreSite on the EdgeWorker IDs page and go to the Revisions tab.


You can also perform these tasks using the EdgeWorkers API.

1. View the Revision Activations

  1. The first revision is automatically generated when you activate a parent EdgeWorker that includes dependencies.
  2. In this example, the Revision ID is 1-1 to represent the first Activation and the first Revision for this EdgeWorkers function. The next Activation will generate a Revision ID of 2-1.
  1. To view more details about the revision, click on 1-1 the Revision ID in this example.

2. View the Bill of Materials

Select the Bill of Materials (BOM) tab to view the dependency tree for the CoreSite EdgeWorkers function.

The BOM includes the Marketing EdgeWorkers function, and which version was activated. The BOM also shows the version of the top-level EdgeWorker and all of its dependencies. Every Revision ID is associated with a BOM. In this case, the BOM for Revision ID 1-1 shows that it contains version 1 of the parent EdgeWorker and version 1 of the child EdgeWorker 80552.

For more information, refer to the Terminology section in this guide.

3. View the Combined Code Bundle

Select the Combined Code Bundle tab to view the main.js and the bundle.json files for each of the EdgeWorkers functions included in the combined code bundle.

The Code Bundle includes the top-level EdgeWorker and all of its transitive dependencies. In this case, that means version 1.0 of the marketing EdgeWorker and 0.2 of the CoreSite EdgeWorker.

For more information, refer to the Terminology section in this guide.