Microsoft Open-Sources “Chakra” JavaScript Engine


Microsoft announced it is open-sourcing Chakra, the JavaScript engine that powers its Edge Web browser.The company made the announcement today at the JSConf US Last Call in Amelia Island, Fla. Microsoft said it will open-source the core components of Chakra as ChakraCore, which will include all the key components of the JavaScript engine powering Microsoft Edge. The company expects to open the ChakraCore repository on GitHub next month, according to a blog post written by Adalberto Foresti and Gaurav Seth, both managers on the Microsoft Edge browser team.

“Chakra offers best-in-class JavaScript execution with the broadest set of ES2015 feature coverage and dependable performance, reliability, and scalability,” the post said. “We expect ChakraCore to be used wherever these factors are important, ranging from cloud-based services to the Internet of Things and beyond.”

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