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minee 📦

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minee is a module bundler for Earth Engine. It takes a module that may contain multiple imported scripts and bundles them into a single compact file for users to import.

Terminal demo

The diagrams below illustrate bundling with an example module, geeSharp. Before bundling, a user requires the entry module geeSharp which requires a network of dependencies. Each require call takes time to resolve, leading to slow imports. After bundling, a user imports a single entry file that was pre-bundled by minee, reducing file size and import time by about 70%.

graph TD
    subgraph s2[After Bundling]
    m--->|Bundle and minify|entry2(geeSharp);
    subgraph s1[Before Bundling]



Download Node.js, then install minee globally with:

npm install -g minee


If you haven't accessed an Earth Engine repository using git from your computer before, you'll need to authenticate first by going to https://earthengine.googlesource.com/new-password and following the instructions. This will store credentials on your computer at ~/.gitcookies that allows minee to grab and bundle repositories.



Usage: minee [options]

📦 Earth Engine module bundler.

  -V, --version       output the version number
  -e, --entry <path>  The path to the module entry point, e.g. users/username/repository:module.
  -d --dest <path>    The local file path to write the bundled file.
  --no-minify         Skip minifying code after bundling.
  --no-header         Drop header information from the bundled file.
  --keep-names        Avoid changing internal variable names when minifying.
  -h, --help          display help for command

Pass an Earth Engine module path to the minee command, with an optional destination path to save the bundled module. For example, the following command...

minee --entry=users/aazuspan/geeSharp:geeSharp --dest=./bundled --keep-names

...will download the users/aazuspan/geeSharp repository, find any modules required through the geeSharp module, bundle them into a single file, and save that to ./bundled.

Configuration File

To avoid entering CLI options every time minee is run, you can create a .minee.json configuration file in the root of your project where you run minee.

The following options are supported:

name type default description
entry string Entry path to the Earth Engine module, e.g. users/username/repo:module
dest string Optional local path to write the bundled file. If none is provided, <entry>.bundled.js will be used.
header boolean true If true, a descriptive header is included in the bundled file.
minify boolean true If true, the bundle is minified to reduce file size.
keepNames boolean false If true, all identifiers are preserved in the bundled source code when minifying. This option has no effect on functionality, but makes the bundled code easier to read and debug at the cost of larger file size.

Below is an example configuration file:

/* .minee.json */
  "entry": "users/aazuspan/geeSharp:geeSharp",
  "dest": "./bundled",
  "keepNames": true

Now running minee with no options will produce the same results as before. minee prioritizes CLI options over configuration options, so you can override the configuration file by passing options as needed.

JavaScript API

The documentation provides detailed info on the API, but the sections below give a quick guide to get started.

Bundling a Module

You can use the bundleModule function to bundle an Earth Engine module through the JavaScript API.

import { bundleModule } from "minee";

// Load and bundle a module from an entry script
const bundled = await bundleModule("users/aazuspan/geeSharp:geeSharp", {keepNames: true});

This returns a Bundle object that contains the bundled source code and other properties. Use the Bundle.write method to save the bundled source code to a local file.


Loading a Module

For more control or to use minee outside of bundling, you may want to directly load modules with the loadModule function.

import { loadModule } from "minee";

// Define an entry point to the module
const url = "users/aazuspan/geeSharp:geeSharp";
// Load the module and return a Module object.
const geesharp = await loadModule(url, {showProgress: true});

After cloning any remote repositories, this returns a Module object that contains information about the requested module and any modules that were required by it.

Bundling an Existing Module

If you have an existing module that you want to bundle, the easiest way is to bundle the current entry module, rename that module, and copy-paste the bundled module to replace the old entry module.

Here's an example workflow using a module called users/johnnyjackson/eetools:tools:

  1. Rename the tools module to entry in the Code Editor.
  2. Run minee -e users/johnnyjackson/eetools:entry -d ./tools.
  3. Copy the contents of ./tools into a new Earth Engine script called tools.

Existing code built on your module will now automatically require the bundled version!

Note Whenever you make changes to modules in your bundled module, you will have to re-bundle it! Using a Git workflow where you make changes locally and push them to Earth Engine (instead of manually copying and pasting) can simplify that process.

Example Results

I checked file size and import time before and after bundling several different Earth Engine modules to demonstrate possible speed-ups. Import times represent the best cumulative time over three trials using the default CLI options.

Module File Size Import time
fitoprincipe/batch -46.1% -74.7%
aazuspan/geeSharp -75.4% -68.8%
gena/palettes -16.9% -63.5%
dmlmont/spectral -44.1% -48.0%
jstnbraaten/msslib -78.5% -19.2%

As you can see, the level of improvement varies by module. Modules with lots of documentation show the greatest reduction in file size, while modules with complex file structures show the greatest reduction in import times.

Warning Bundling adds some additional boilerplate code, so file sizes and import times can increase for simple, single-file modules.

Legal Disclaimer

Any modules required through your entry module, including those by other authors, will be bundled into your source code file. Please check the license of any included module before distributing the bundled file. For convenience, minee includes a header comment listing the path of all scripts used in the bundle and any licenses marked with a @license tag.

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