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(unmaintained, deprecated, abandoned) javascript build tool to bundle client side code with an import syntax
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Build tool to bundle client side code with an import syntax

Ever wanted to have an #import statement in your favorite language which compiles into JavaScript that works like #include in other languages? Well now you have one! Importing files and concatenating them in the right place is now as easy as:

#import "some_js_file"
#import "another_one"
#import "even_coco_is_supported"
#import "and_livescript"

# some code using the imported files here...

In JavaScript, the //import directive is used instead of #import.

Be sure to install the languages you wish to use with npm install -g.


  • File extensions are automatically resolved, and in fact are not allowed in import statements. This goes for the input_file too.
  • Files will only be included once in the resulting code, regardless of how many times a file is imported.
  • Compiling CoffeeScript, JavaScript, Coco, and LiveScript source files are included out of the box. You can add more to the compile.extensions object.
    • Or add support to the bottom of src/ and submit a pull request.
  • Includes a --watch mode which automatically recompiles source files when they change.
  • Ability to supply more source code search paths with --lib.

Command line usage

When installed with npm install jspackage -g, a command line tool called jspackage will be made available.

Usage: jspackage input_file output_file [options]

Available options:
  -h, --help       shows this help section
  -b, --bare       compile without a top-level function wrapper
  -w, --watch      watch source files and recompile when any change
  -l, --lib PATH   add an additional search directory for source files

Server example

http = require 'http'
{compile} = require 'jspackage'

server = http.createServer (req, res) ->

  compile {mainfile}, (err, compiled_code) ->
    if err
      res.end 'throw unescape("' + escape(err.toString()) + '");'
      res.end compiled_code


Out-of-the-box supported languages

  • JavaScript
  • Coffee-Script
  • LiveScript
  • Coco

To add out-of-the-box support for another language, add it to the bottom of src/ and submit a pull request.

To add support by wrapping the code, add an entry to the extensions object:

{extensions} = require 'jspackage'
extensions['.lua'] =
  compile: (code) -> lua.compile(code)
  import_re: /^--import (".+")$/gm

Developing jspackage

To compile and watch:

coffee -wbco . src/

To run the tests:

npm test


Licensed under the MIT license.

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