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Browser-side require() for your node modules and npm packages

Browserify bundles all of your javascript when your server fires up at the mount point you specify.


More features:

  • recursively bundle dependencies of npm modules

  • node core modules (path, vm, events)

  • uses es5-shim and crockford's json2.js for browsers that suck

  • filters for {min,ugl}ification

  • coffee script works too!

  • bundle browser source components of modules specially with the "browserify" package.json field

  • watch files for changes and automatically re-bundle in middleware mode


simple example


var connect = require('connect');
var server = connect.createServer();

    base : __dirname + '/js',
    mount : '/browserify.js',
    filter : require('jsmin').jsmin,

console.log('Listening on 9797...');


var bar = require('./bar');
var baz = require('./baz');

module.exports = function (x) {
    return x * bar.coeff(x) + baz.wowsy(x);


exports.coeff = function (x) {
    return Math.log(x) / Math.log(2) + 1;


exports.wowsy = (beans) ->
    beans * 3 - 2


    <script type="text/javascript" src="/browserify.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var foo = require('./foo');

        window.onload = function () {
            document.getElementById('result').innerHTML = foo(100);
    foo =
    <span style='font-family: monospace' id="result"></span>

npm example


var connect = require('connect');
var server = connect.createServer();

    mount : '/browserify.js',
    require : [ 'traverse' ],

console.log('Listening on 4040...');


    <script type="text/javascript" src="/browserify.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var Traverse = require('traverse');
        var obj = [ 5, 6, -3, [ 7, 8, -2, 1 ], { f : 10, g : -13 } ];
        Traverse(obj).forEach(function (x) {
            if (x < 0) this.update(x + 128);

        window.onload = function () {
                = JSON.stringify(obj);
    foo =
    <span style='font-family: monospace' id="result"></span>


var browserify = require('browserify');


Return a middleware that will host up a browserified script at opts.mount or "/browserify.js" if unspecified. All other options are passed to browserify.bundle(opts) to generate the source.

The middleware function also has several functions attached to it, described in the middleware section below.



Return a string with the bundled source code given the options in opts:

base :: String, Array, or Object

Recursively bundle all .js and .coffee files.

Base can be a directory, an Array of directories, or an object that maps names to directories such that require('name/submodule') works.

If there is a package.json at the base directory it will be read according to the package.json procedure below.

name :: String

Preface the files in base with this name.

main :: String

Map require(name) for the name field to this file.

shim :: Boolean

Whether to include es5-shim for legacy javascript engines.

True if unspecified.

require :: String, Array, or Object

Bundle all of these module names and their dependencies.

If the name has a slash in it, only that file will be included, otherwise all .js and .coffee files which are not in the test directory and are not binaries will be bundled into the final output.

If require is an object, map a name to use browser-side to a package name. For instance to make require('jquery') load jquery-browserify browser-side, do:

    require : { jquery : 'jquery-browserify' }

You can mix and match Array style and Object style too:

    require : [
            jquery : 'jquery-browserify',
            hash : 'hashish',

entry :: String or Array

Append this file to the end of the bundle in order to execute code without having to require() it.

Specifying an entry point will let you require() other modules without having to load the entry point in a <script> tag yourself.

If entry is an Array, concatenate these files together and append to the end of the bundle.

watch :: Boolean or Object

Set watches on files and propagates "change" events to opts.listen.

Defaults to true and sets up listeners in middleware mode, otherwise false.

You can also pass in an object that is passed along to fs.watchFile with these default parameters:

{ persistent : true, interval : 500 }


During bundling the package.json of a module or base directory will be read for its name and main fields, which will be used unless those fields are defined in opts.

If the package.json has a "browserify" field, its contents will take precedence over the standard package.json contents. This special field is meant for packages that have a special browser-side component like dnode and If a main is specified in a "browserify" hash and no "base" is given, only that "main" file will be bundled.


When you call browserify() you get back a function that you can throw at connect or express-style servers, but you can also call functions directly.


Use an asynchronous middleware fn(src, next), which gets called with src, the browserified source and next, a function that expects to be called with the new source.

Use .use() when you want to chain together multiple filters or you need a filter that works asynchronously. A "ready" event fires with the transformed source when your source is done threading through the middlewares.

Returns this so you can chain and inside fn, this is the bundle object.

.on(name, fn)

Emit events from opts.listen here too, including "ready" and "change".

Returns this so you can chain.


Get at the current source.



Browserify exports a faux process object with these attributes:

  • nextTick(fn) - does setTimeout(fn, 0)
  • title - set to 'browser' for browser code, 'node' in regular node code


You can require('events').EventEmitters just like in node.js code.


All the goodness of node's require('vm') has been emulated with iframe trickery and eval() hacks.


The posix functions from the path module have been included except for exists() and existsSync(). Just require('path')!


The faux directory name, scrubbed of true directory information so as not to expose your filesystem organization.


The faux file path, scrubbed of true path information so as not to expose your filesystem organization.


  • npm install jquery-browserify to have npm and browserify handle your jquery deployment!

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