A small wrapper around couchapp that compresses JavaScript.
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couchapp-compress is a small Ruby script that wraps the couchapp command line tool and compresses JavaScript files.


By default, couchapp-compress uses UglifyJS, which is expected to be installed and available on the command line as uglifyjs, but it can be used with any other JavaScript compressor that outputs compressed files to the standard output device as well. In order to use your JavaScript compressor of choice, simply change the COMPRESSOR constant's value in the top of the couchapp-compress script.

couchapp-compress requires that it is invoked from your CouchApp's root directory, and that the to be compressed scripts are included via a partial in your mustache templates.


In order to install it, just copy the couchapp-compress script into your CouchApp's root directory. Alternatively, put it to a location that's referenced in your shell's PATH environment variable.

In order to use it, go to your CouchApp's root directory. Invoke couchapp-compress with the path of the partial file that contains the scripts to be compressed as the first argument, and optionally with a destination as the second argument. When no destination is specified, the default destination from the .couchapprc, if present, will be used.


couchapp-compress <scripts_partial_path> [<destination>]


couchapp-compress templates/partials/scripts.html
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How It Works

For instance, you've got a mustache template templates/index.html that (amongst others) includes a partial templates/partials/scripts.html via {{>scripts}}.


    <div class="content">{{>content}}</div>


<script src="../../vendor/jquery/jquery-1.7.1.js"></script>
<script src="../../vendor/couchapp/jquery.couch.js"></script>
<script src="../../vendor/couchapp/jquery.couch.app.js"></script>
<script src="../../vendor/couchapp/jquery.couch.app.util.js"></script>
<script src="../../vendor/couchapp/jquery.evently.js"></script>
<script src="../../vendor/couchapp/jquery.mustache.js"></script>
<script src="../../script/index.js"></script>

What couchapp-compress now does is the following:

  • parse templates/partials/scripts.html

  • find the scripts that correspond to the referenced paths

  • compress the scripts

  • put the compressed scripts altogether into one new temporary file

  • replace the content of templates/partials/scripts.html with a reference to the temporary file;
    for instance, the file's content could look like <script src="../../1323024736.min.js"></script>

  • push the CouchApp to the specified destination or rather to the default destination if none is specified
    (i.e., execute couchapp push [<destination>])

  • restore the old (original) content of templates/partials/scripts.html

  • delete the temporary file containing the compressed scripts

Note that although it creates a new file and also modifies an existing one, there won't be any changes in the CouchApp directory after executing couchapp-compress, as the applied changes are reverted as soon as the couchapp push [<destination>] command has been executed.