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Atomic JavaScript - Reusable front-end modules using Browserify, transforms, and templates


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Atomic JavaScript - Reusable front-end modules using Browserify, transforms, and templates


atomify-js is a tool that makes it easy to create small, atomic modules of client-side code. It provides support for several templating libraries and Browserify transforms out of the box while allowing for ample customization. It also provides several convenience features to make working with Browserify even easier.

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npm install atomify-js

Default transforms and template support


In its default form, atomify-js takes an opts object and a callback function.


opts.entry or opts.entries

Path or paths that will be provided to Browserify as entry points. For convenience, you may simply provide a string or array of strings in place of the opts object, which will be treated as the entry or entries property, respectively. Paths will be resolved relative to process.cwd().


If you have multiple entries, you can set this to true to enable factor-bundle, which will take the common dependencies of all entries and move them to a common bundle. If you use this option, the api changes a little bit.

If using a callback, you're passed an object that with keys of each entry file and values of the compiled JS file. You'll also have a common key.

var js = require('atomify-js')
  , path = require('path')
  entries [path.join(__dirname, 'entry1.js'), path.join(__dirname, 'entry2.js')]
  , common: true
  }, function(err, entries){

If piping the response, you'll be pipped the common bundle. You'll need to listen to the 'entry' event to get the compiled entry files.

var js = require('atomify-js')
  , path = require('path')
  entries [path.join(__dirname, 'entry1.js'), path.join(__dirname, 'entry2.js')]
  , common: true
js.emitter.on('entry', function(content, bundleName){
  console.log(bundleName, content.toString())


If you simply want your bundle written out to a file, provide the path in this property. Path will be resolved relative to process.cwd().


Passed to Browserify to generate source maps if true. Also provides additional CLI output, if applicable.


If true, minifies source code and sets debug to true. If object, passed as options to minifyify and sets debug to true. If false, no minification.

If true, watchify will be used to create a file watcher and speed up subsequent builds.


If truthy, will use browserify-incremental to cache the result of a build. This can give you dramatically faster build times if you're not using

If opts.cache is a string, it will be used as the file path to save the cache file to.

NOTE: opts.cache and are incompatible. An error will be thrown if you set both.


Provide your own transforms that will be added to the defaults listed above.


If set to false, the default list of transforms will not be run. This is useful if you'd like to customize a default transform, or simply don't need them to run.


Browserify global transforms that will process all files used in your application, including those within node_modules. You should take great care when defining global transforms as noted in the Browserify documentation.


Array of files to pass to Browserify's require method.


Array of files to pass to Browserify's external method.


One of the challenges with writing truly modular code is that your templates often refer to assets that need to be accessible from your final bundle. Configuring this option solves that problem by detecting asset paths in your templates, copying them to a new location, and rewriting the references to them to use the new paths. Paths in the src attribute of img, video, and audio tags will be processed according to your configuration.

The processing is configured using two sub-properties of opts.assets: dest and prefix. The dest field determines the location files will be copied to, relative to process.cwd(), and prefix specifies what will be prepended to the new file names in the rewritten src attributes. The filenames are generated from a hash of the assets themselves, so you don't have to worry about name collisions.

To demonstrate, see the following example.

// config 
  entry: './entry.js',
  output: 'dist/bundle.js',
  assets: {
    dest: 'dist/assets',
    prefix: 'assets/'
<img src="some/path/to/logo.png">


<img src="assets/4314d804f81c8510.png">

and a copy of logo.png will now exist at dist/assets/4314d804f81c8510.png

You may also provide any valid browserify bundle options in the opts object as well, and they will be passed directly to Browserify.


Standard Browserify bundle callback with cb(err, src) signature. Not called if opts.output is specifed. If callback is provided as a string rather than function reference it will be used as the opts.output file path.

If is truthy, the callback will be called on every file change


The emitter property will emit events.

var js = require('atomify-js')
js('./entry.js', './bundle.js')
js.emitter.on('browserify', function setBrowserifyInstance(b){

browserify (<browserifyInstance> bundle)

When the browserify instance is created, emits it. This might be useful to you, but it's really just for testing.

watchify (<watchifyInstance> bundle)

When the watchify instance is created, emits it. This might be useful to you, but it's really just for testing.

changed (<String> id)

Emitted when watchify detects a file change. Passes the bundle id that changed.

bundle (<Number> time)

If is truthy, this is emitted when the bundle changes. time is the re-compilation time.

package (<Object> package)

Proxies the package event from browserify.

entry (<Buffer> entryBuffer, <String> entryName)

If opts.common is truthy, this will be emitted when an entry file is bundled. entryBundle is the contents of the entry file in buffer form. entryName is the file name of the original entry file.


// entry.js 
var thing = require('thing')
  , template = require('./template.html.hbs')
template({param: 'param'})
// build.js 
var js = require('atomify-js')
var opts = {
  entry: './entry.js'
, debug: true // default: `false` 
js(opts, function (err, src) {
  // do something with the src 


var js = require('atomify-js')
js('./entry.js', './bundle.js')


Tests can be run with npm test. You can run the tests on every file change with npm run tdd.