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Grunt task for the jspot library

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-jspot --save-dev

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


The "jspot" task


Run this task with the grunt jspot command

jspot extracts gettext strings from Javascript & Handlebars files into pot files. It does it with class, parsing JS & HBS AST instead of using regex. This way it does not miss .call or .apply or multiline.

jspot is a very complete, simple and handy tool to handle i18n through gettext in JavaScript, along with POEdit to handle all your pomo, po2json to convert your pomo into json and Jed to load those json in your applications, this little gang will let you handle i18n like a chef in your JavaScript applications.

This Grunt task is a very simple passthrough task to use jspot withing your Gruntfile.

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

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


Task source files are forward to jspot as the jspot source option. jspot default is ''.


Task destination must be a folder. It is forward to jspot as the jspot target option -which has nothing to do with your own task's target, do not be confuse between grunt target and jspot target. jspot default is '.'.



Type: String Default value: 'gettext'

Keyword to search for in source files. This allow you to use any alias for gettext.

Usage Example

Extract all gettext keys from JavaScript source code & Handlebars template files. Write the pot file in the po folder. Tell jspot our alias for gettext is _.

    jspot: {
        options: {
            keyword: '_'
        files: {
            'po': ['src/**/*.js', 'src/**/*.hbs'],

New features

This grunt task is just a passthrough for the jspot library. If you need some cool feature, maybe you should ask to jspot authors.


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

  • 0.1.0 (2014-08-09): Initial release


Grunt task for the [jspot]() library




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