Concat and minify JS files in Node


Is there any module in NodeJS to concatenate and minify JavaScript files?

10/18/2012 11:32:00 AM

Accepted Answer

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6/30/2011 8:28:14 PM

I recommend using UglifyJS which is a JavaScript parser / mangler / compressor / beautifier library for NodeJS.

If you are interested in automation tools that do more than simply concatenate and minify files, there are the following solutions:

  • GruntJS is a task-based command line build tool for JavaScript projects. The current version has the following built-in tasks:

    1. concat - Concatenate files.
    2. init - Generate project scaffolding from a predefined template.
    3. lint - Validate files with JSHint.
    4. min - Minify files with UglifyJS.
    5. qunit - Run QUnit unit tests in a headless PhantomJS instance.
    6. server - Start a static web server.

Besides this tasks there's a lot of plugins available.

  • Gulp is a toolkit that will help you automate painful or time-consuming tasks in your development workflow. For web development (if that's your thing) it can help you by doing CSS preprocessing, JS transpiling, minification, live reloading, and much more. Integrations are built into all major IDEs and people are loving gulp across PHP, .NET, Node.js, Java, and more. With over 1700 plugins (and plenty you can do without plugins), gulp let's you quit messing with build systems and get back to work.

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