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5.0.1 • Public • Published

Collects browser modules from node_modules and dumps them somewhere as commonjs Packages/A style packages (note that this is similar to but not the same as node modules), ready to use with requirejs.

First, it scans the tree of node_modules, detecting and erroring if browser modules overlap. There is no support for node style nesting dependencies and search path from each module.

Then it takes that list of modules and copies them to the target directory.

An example:

var copyBrowserTo = require('copy-browser-modules');

copyBrowserTo({ root: __dirname, basePath: 'public', dest: 'js/components'})
    .then(function() {
        console.log("Modules copied to 'public/js/components'")
    }).catch(function (err) {
        console.warn("An error occurred");

The basePath is optional, but will allow you to adjust the location properties of the packages to match the view of the URL space as seen from the browser.

Module format

Modules are expected to end up in something approaching CommonJS Packages/A style. That means no nested dependencies, no node_modules, but package.json is still used. Because we're coopting the npm registry here, sometimes we need different information between the node and browser versions of things. If you put an browserPackage property in your package.json with a truthy value, the module will be considered browser-friendly. If that property is set to an object, the written package.json in the built tree will have these properties merged into the root and browserPackage left out.

This tool respects the files key, so a browser-only extract can be provided by providing an browserPackage.files property.

Note that dependencies are resolved before browserPackage merging is done, so dependency structure cannot vary between browser and non-browser packaging.

This package.json

    "name": "my-awesome-module",
    "version": "1.0.0",
    "files": [
    "description": "Test",
    "browserPackage": {
        "files": [

Will be written out as

    "name": "my-awesome-module",
    "version": "1.0.0",
    "files": [
    "description": "Test"

And the files copied will be browser.js not test.js.


The package.json for your app can include a section like so:

    "browserPackage": {
        "overrides": {
            "packagename": {

which will be used as the browserPackage property for each package's package.json instead of what's there, allowing applications to use libraries that don't follow the convention yet despite shipping browser modules.

This is only supported at the root as this is not to be a convention for the consumption of others, but only used in the interim until the convention catches on for browser packages in the registry. Please make PRs against upstream package.json files!


npm i copy-browser-modules

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