Project: retextjs/retext-simplify

Package: retext-simplify@7.2.0

  1. Dependents: 0
  2. retext plugin to check phrases for simpler alternatives
  1. unified 181
  2. plugin 140
  3. retext 42
  4. phrase 5
  5. simple 2
  6. simpler 2
  7. synonym 2
  8. alternative 2


Build Coverage Downloads Size Sponsors Backers Chat

retext plugin to check for simpler alternatives.


What is this?

This package is a unified (retext) plugin to check for simpler alternatives. For example it suggest use instead of utilize.

When should I use this?

You can opt-into this plugin when you’re dealing with content that might contain overlong words or phrases, and have authors that can fix that content.


This package is ESM only. In Node.js (version 16+), install with npm:

npm install retext-simplify

In Deno with esm.sh:

import retextSimplify from 'https://esm.sh/retext-simplify@8'

In browsers with esm.sh:

<script type="module">
  import retextSimplify from 'https://esm.sh/retext-simplify@8?bundle'


Say our document example.txt contains:

You can utilize a shorter word.
Be advised, don’t do this.
That’s the appropriate thing to do.

…and our module example.js looks as follows:

import {retext} from 'retext'
import retextSimplify from 'retext-simplify'
import {read} from 'to-vfile'
import {reporter} from 'vfile-reporter'

const file = await retext()
  .process(await read('example.txt'))


…now running node example.js yields:

1:9-1:16  warning Unexpected `utilize`, use `use` instead                               utilize     retext-simplify
2:1-2:11  warning Unexpected `Be advised`, remove it                                    be-advised  retext-simplify
3:12-3:23 warning Unexpected `appropriate`, remove it, or use `proper`, `right` instead appropriate retext-simplify

⚠ 3 warnings


This package exports no identifiers. The default export is retextSimplify.

unified().use(retextSimplify[, options])

Check for simpler alternatives.


Transform (Transformer).


Configuration (TypeScript type).



Each message is emitted as a VFileMessage on file, with source set to 'retext-simplify', ruleId to the normalized phrase, actual to the unexpected phrase, and expected to suggestions.


This package is fully typed with TypeScript. It exports the additional type Options.


Projects maintained by the unified collective are compatible with maintained versions of Node.js.

When we cut a new major release, we drop support for unmaintained versions of Node. This means we try to keep the current release line, retext-simplify@^8, compatible with Node.js 16.


See contributing.md in retextjs/.github for ways to get started. See support.md for ways to get help.

This project has a code of conduct. By interacting with this repository, organization, or community you agree to abide by its terms.


MIT © Titus Wormer