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A simple utility to expand or concatenate glob expressions in HTML.

To avoid having to insert all scripts and stylesheets, this tool makes the glob syntax available for both development and production.


CLI installation


$ npm install -g glob-html

and then use it with

$ glob-html OPTIONS file

For example,

$ glob-html -o dist/index.html -c -m public/index.html

will search for globs in public/index.html, minify all files globbed and output minified versions in dist/js and dist/css, and output the HTML using minified versions in dist/index.html.

The following options are available

  • concat: Should the files be concatenated. default: false
  • minify: Should the files be minified. default: false
  • minifyCss: Should CSS files be minified. Overrides minify. default: false
  • minifyJs: Should JS files be minified. Overrides minify. default: false
  • output: Where to save the output.
  • tempPath: '/tmp/'
  • tidy: Should the added HTML when expanding should be pretty formated. default: true
  • group: The default group for globbed files. default: 'application'
  • basepath: The base path to search for globbed files. default: input file directory
  • outdir: The output directory for generated CSS/JS. default: output file directory
  • jsPrefix: The prefix for JS files, when saving minified output, relative to outdir. default: 'js'
  • cssPrefix: The prefix for CSS files, when saving minified output, relative to outdir. default: 'css'

Grunt installation

This tool is available as a grunt task.

$ npm install --save-dev grunt-html-glob

and in your Gruntfile, for example:

module.exports = function (grunt) {
    glob: {
      dev: {
        files: [{
          expand: true,
          cwd: 'public',
          src: ['**/*.html'],
          dest: 'public',
          ext: '.html'
      options: {
        cssPrefix: 'stylesheets',
        jsPrefix: 'scripts'


The options are the same as the CLI. You can then just run the glob task.

$ grunt glob

Basic usage

    script(src="js/**/*.js" glob)
    link(rel="stylesheet" href="css/**/*.css" glob)

will become

  <script src="js/app.js">
  <script src="js/other.js">
  <script src="css/main.css">
  <script src="css/other.css">

for development build and

  <script src="js/application.min.js">
  <script src="css/application.min.css">

for production build, where js/application.min.js and css/application.min.css will be concatenated and minified versions of the globbed files.

Files order

If alphabetical order does not fit your need, you can use glob on single files, it will be inserted only once in the output.

    script(src="js/this-one-is-first.js" glob)
    script(src="js/**/*.js" glob)
    link(rel="stylesheet" href="css/**/*.css" glob)

The files will always be concatenated in order of appearance.


To customize the output for minified files, you can use groups. All files in the same group will result in an output called GROUP_NAME.(js|css) or GROUP_NAME.min.(js|css)

If not specified, the default group is application. You can use name for the group, as long as it can be used as a file name in your filesystem.

Here is an example with multiple groups:

    script(src="js/src/app.js" group="application" glob)
    script(src="js/src/**/*.js" glob)
    script(src="js/vendors/jquery.js" group="vendors" glob)
    script(src="js/vendors/**/*.js" group="vendors" glob)

This will be expanded normally in development, and will compile into application.min.js and vendors.min.js in production.