minifyify

Minify your browserify bundles without losing the sourcemap

Minifyify

Supports up to Browserify 8

Before, browserify made you choose between sane debugging and sane load times. Now, you can have both.

Minifyify is a browserify plugin that minifies your code. The magic? The sourcemap points back to the original, separate source files.

Now you can deploy a minified bundle in production, and still have meaningful stack traces when things inevitably break!

There are advantages to using minifyify over your current minification solution:

  • Reliability

If you are currently using uglifyify and realized that your sourcemap is behaving strangely, you're not alone. Minifyify builds its own sourcemap instead of depending on uglify-js's insourcemap option, and has proven to be more reliable in practice.

  • Smaller Bundles

If you are currently running uglify-js on the bundle browserify outputs, minifyify can give you a smaller bundle because it removes dead code before browserify processes requires in it.

For example:

if(process.env.browser) {
  var realtime = require('socket-io.client')
}
else {
  var realtime = require('socket-io')
}

Only one of the required modules will be in your output bundle, because minifyify runs uglify on each individual file before browserify does its bundling.

  • A Neater Web Inspector

Minifyify allows you to transform those obnoxious absolute paths in your web inspector with compressPath.

  • CoffeeScript Support

Minifyify is tested against CoffeeScript, and can map minified code all the way back to the original .coffee files.

CoffeeScript support is janky because of this issue. The sourcemap that coffee-script produces is wrong, so I had to skip over minifyify's CoffeeScript test. minifyify won't crash, but the test suite validates sourcemaps for correctness. Use at your own risk!

var browserify = require('browserify')
    // As of browserify 5, you must enable debug mode in the constructor to use minifyify 
  , bundler = new browserify({debug: true});
 
bundler.add('entry.js');
 
bundler.plugin('minifyify', {map: 'bundle.map.json'});
 
bundler.bundle(function (errsrcmap) {
  // Your code here 
});

The map option should be the location of the sourcemap on your server, and is used to insert the sourceMappingURL comment in src.

$ browserify entry.js -d -p [minifyify --map bundle.map.json --output bundle.map.json] > bundle.js

The --output option is a required option on the command line interface and specifies where minifyify should write the sourcemap to on disk.

Shorten the paths you see in the web inspector by defining a compression function.

// A typical compressPath function
compressPath: function (p) {
  return path.relative('my-app-root', p);
}

If a string is provided, it will be used instead of my-app-root in the function above. This is useful if you are working from the command line and cannot define a function.

Defaults to a no-op (absolute paths to all source files).

This is added to the bottom of the minified source file, and should point to where the map will be accessible from on your server. More details here.

Example: If your bundle is at mysite.com/bundle.js and the map is at mysite.com/map.js, set options.map = '/map.js'

Set to false to minify, but not produce a source map or append the source map URL comment.

Set to false to disable minification and source map transforms. This essentially turns minifyify into a pass-thru stream.

If you set it to an object, it will be passed as the options argument to uglify.minify.

Specify a path to write the sourcemap to. Required when using the CLI, optional when working programmatically.

Will be passed to uglify.minify

Pattern(s) matching the files you want included. Defaults to '*/' (include everything). null/undefined, a single string, and an array of strings are all acceptable values. You have the full range of glob patterns available to you, so you can do app/{moduleA,moduleB}/*.js, etc.

Pattern(s) matching the files you want excluded. By default nothing is excluded. Like include; null, a string, and an array of strings are all acceptable. Exclude always wins over include. If a file matches both the include and exclude pattern arrays, it will be excluded.

By default all glob strings are matched against relative paths from process.cwd() (your projects base directory). This option allows you to changed that. base:'subDirA' means evaluate globs relative from that sub directory. base:'/' means test your glob pattern against absolute file paths.

  • PARSE ERROR!

    Are you using brfs? Pin it to version 1.0.2. See issue #44 for details.

  • Wait.. Why did the total size (souce code + map) get BIGGER??

    It's not immediately obvious, but the more you minify code, the bigger the sourcemap gets. Browserify can get away with merely mapping lines to lines because it is going from uncompressed code to uncompressed code. Minifyify squishes multiple lines together, so the sourcemap has to carry more information.

    This is OK because the sourcemap is in a separate file, which means your app will be snappy for your users as their browsers won't download the sourcemap.

  • How does this work?

    Minifyify runs UglifyJS on each file in your bundle, and transforms browserify's sourcemap to map to the original files.

  • Why does the sourcemap cause my debugger to behave erratically?

    Some of the optimizations UglifyJS performs will result in sourcemaps that appear to broken. For example, when UglifyJS uses the comma operator to shorten statements on different lines, a single debugger "step" in minified code may execute multiple lines of the original source.

    Another common example of erratic behavior is when code like this is compressed:

    var myThing = myFunc('a')
      , cantGetHere = myFunc('b');

    If you set a breakpoint on the second line, your debugger might not pause execution there. I've found that setting the breakpoint on the first line and stepping onto the second line is more reliable.

minifyify not working for you? try gulp-sourcemaps.

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