`export const` vs. `export default` in ES6

The Solution to `export const` vs. `export default` in ES6 is

It's a named export vs a default export. export const is a named export that exports a const declaration or declarations.

To emphasize: what matters here is the export keyword as const is used to declare a const declaration or declarations. export may also be applied to other declarations such as class or function declarations.

Default Export (export default)

You can have one default export per file. When you import you have to specify a name and import like so:

import MyDefaultExport from "./MyFileWithADefaultExport";

You can give this any name you like.

Named Export (export)

With named exports, you can have multiple named exports per file. Then import the specific exports you want surrounded in braces:

// ex. importing multiple exports:
import { MyClass, MyOtherClass } from "./MyClass";
// ex. giving a named import a different name by using "as":
import { MyClass2 as MyClass2Alias } from "./MyClass2";

// use MyClass, MyOtherClass, and MyClass2Alias here

Or it's possible to use a default along with named imports in the same statement:

import MyDefaultExport, { MyClass, MyOtherClass} from "./MyClass";

Namespace Import

It's also possible to import everything from the file on an object:

import * as MyClasses from "./MyClass";
// use MyClasses.MyClass, MyClasses.MyOtherClass and MyClasses.default here


  • The syntax favours default exports as slightly more concise because their use case is more common (See the discussion here).
  • A default export is actually a named export with the name default so you are able to import it with a named import:

    import { default as MyDefaultExport } from "./MyFileWithADefaultExport";

~ Answered on 2015-11-09 15:00:49

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