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Super fast sugar for optimizing CSS and JavaScript.

Servitude combines CSS and JavaScript into a single fast and cacheable file, speeding up your site without a ton of extra work.

It's easy, just drop your JavaScript and CSS into a directory, point to it, and list out what you want to include in the order you want to include it. servitude will inject it into the DOM and your application will be better for it. No more tons of requests, a single request and everything becomes ready to use.

Optimize without even thinking about it.

Support out of the box for:

  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • CoffeeScript
  • Stylus
  • Less
  • Pluggable Filters


$ npm install servitude


Server Side

var servitude = require('servitude');
var bricks = require('bricks');

var appServer = new bricks.appserver();

appServer.addRoute("/servitude(.+)", servitude, { basedir: "./files" });
var server = appServer.createServer();


Client Side

<!-- include js/jquery.js and css/site.css in one fell swoop -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="/servitude/js/jquery.js,/css/site.css"></script>
<!-- include even more, you can use servitude as many times as you need -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="/servitude/js/templates.js,/css/templates.css"></script>

Advanced Usage

Server Side


Enabling caching stores requested files in memory, and only re-retrieves and re-processes a file if it has been changed on disk.

appServer.addRoute("/servitude/(.+)", servitude, { basedir: "./files", cache: true });


If uglify is enabled in the options, an attempt is made to uglify any JavaScript that has been requested. Note, this occurs even if the JavaScript has been previously minified, as well as for any .coffee file that has been compiled. This may not be desired behavior, so this is turned off by default

appServer.addRoute("/servitude/(.+)", servitude, { basedir: "./files", uglify: true });


Filters are more powerful and allow you to process any file as you would like. This is a good way to add something like Handlebars template compilation. Simply set the data property on the record to the JavaScript or CSS that should be injected, and the processed property on the record to a string containing either a servitude.injectCSS() or servitude.injectJS() call containing JSON.stringify(record):

var filter = function (record, options, callback) {
  record.data = 'var Templates = Templates || { };' +
                'Templates[\"' + record.filename + '\"] = Handlebars.template("' +
                handlebars.precompile(record.data) + '");';

  record.processed = 'injectJS(' + JSON.stringify(record)  + ');';

  callback(null, record);

                   { basedir: "./files", filters: { ".+handlebars$": filter } });

Client Side

A servitude object is returned with all methods for injection into the DOM.

if (servitude.errors.length) {
  console.log("errors: ");

Injection occurs via the servitude.injectCSS() and servitude.injectJS() methods upon load.


npm i servitude

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