Dfx canister main directory up

Is it possible to provide the main field of a canister in dfx.json with a directory up path?

Such as for example:

  "canisters": {
    "yolo": {
      "main": "../backend/yolo.mo", // <- here ../
      "type": "motoko"

We’ve got a mono-repo (with no scripts at its root). I was asking myself if it would be possible move the backend code “outside” of the (frontend) app.

Might be useful if same canisters would be used across projects of the mono-repo.


To answer my own question, no parent path are not supported.

If I use as displayed above "../backend/yolo.mo" or absolute path in my dfx.json configuration, I get errors such as:

The post-build step failed for canister ‘…’ with an embedded error: Directory at ‘…’ is outside the workspace root.

That being said, there might be anyway a solution for my use case with a monorepo by moving the dfx.json configuration to the parent or top folder. Doing so I can have the frontend app(s) in different folders and the canisters separated.




It needs some modifications in dfx.json and in the webpack.config but, that seems duable.

I’ve put together a sample / starter repo, seems alright at least when run on a a local ic.

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