Cool Features Of Next JS 12

Raghav Mrituanjaya

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Today at Next.js conf, Vercel the company behind next.js announced the public availability of next.js 12 which brings a lot of cool features into action

Rust Compiler Makes build and Refreshes faster

Next.js 12 includes a brand new Rust compiler that takes advantage of native compilation which gives 3x faster refresh locally and 5x faster builds for production which can reduce your CI/CD build time drastically. To turn on the Rust minify feature add swcMinify: true to your next.config.js file

URL Module Imports 😍

Next.js 12 supports CDN module imports which means you can import any HTTP(S) dependencies as a local module. To import any HTTP(S) module just add the following lines to your next.config.js file

module.exports = {
	experimental: {
		urlImports: ['', '']

Now you can import the module by
import confetti from ''

I think it's time to say goodbye to hefty node_modules 🤔. What do you guys think do let me know in the comments below

Middleware supports

If your app has a common logic for all the server-side rendering this is an amazing feature that lets you share logic between different pages

// pages/_middleware.js
export function middleware(req, ev) {
	return new Response('Hello, world!')

AVIF support 😍

Out of the box, Next.js 12 supports AVIF image optimization, Reducing your image size by 20% more than WebP
To enable this feature just add the following to your next.config.js file

images: {
	formats: ['image/avif', 'image/webp']


  • There were more features that were introduced on Next.js 12 which were not listed here as it contains only some of the cool features that I personally like. To know about all the features kindly read their Post on all the features
  • Run yarn add [email protected] or npm i [email protected] to install Next.js 12
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