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In-place-minify PNG, JPEG, GIF and SVG images while keeping a backup copy of the original files

This Grunt task is basically a clone of the excellent grunt-contrib-imagemin task and builds on top of its features and options. Additional features are:

  • It is meant for in-place replacement of images with their minified versions.
  • It is keeping a backup copy of all original images.
  • It is tracking previous minifications to process only those images that have changed since the last run.

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.5

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-imagemin-backup --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


The "imageminbackup" task


In your project's Gruntfile, add a section named imageminbackup to the data object passed into grunt.initConfig().

  imageminbackup: {
    options: {
      // Task-specific options go here.
    your_target: {
      // Target-specific file lists and/or options go here.


Base options

grunt-imagemin-backup uses the same configuration options as the original grunt-contrib-imagemin task. For details please see their respective documentation:

options.backup (mandatory)

  • Type: String
  • Default value: None

The directory that should be used as the base for image backups. The source images and their directory structures will be copied recursively.

Usage Example

In this example, the backup directory is set to .backup (must exist prior to running this task). The task will find all PNG, JPEG, GIF and SVG images below path/to/assets, minify them in-place and save a backup copy of each to the corresponding location under .backup (directories will be created as necessary).

var mozjpeg                 = require('imagemin-mozjpeg');
  imageminbackup : {
    images: {
      options: {
        // Image format specific options, see grunt-contrib-imagemin
        optimizationLevel   : 3,
        progressive         : true,
        interlaced          : true,
        svgoPlugins         : [{removeViewBox: false}],
        use                 : [mozjpeg()],
        // Backup directory
        backup              : '.backup'
      files: [{
        expand              : true,
        cwd                 : 'path/to/assets/',
        src                 : ['**/*.{png,PNG,jpg,JPG,jpeg,JPEG,gif,GIF}'],
        dest                : 'path/to/assets/'

Minification history

grunt-imagemin-backup uses an sqlite3 database for storing information about previous minifications runs. If you, for whatever reason, need to reset this database, simply delete the file <project-root>/node_modules/grunt-imagemin-backup/cache.db.


In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.

Release history

Please refer to the changelog for a complete release history.


Copyright � 2015 Joschi Kuphal / @jkphl. grunt-imagemin-backup is licensed under the terms of the MIT license.

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