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Turns every JavaScript object or primitive into valid source code that can be evaled again.
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Turns every JavaScript object or primitive into valid source code that can be evaled again.

You can use it to serialize classes, modules or other programming objects and reuse them in an other environment such as a browser. JSON.stringify doesnt work with programming objects (that contain functions, dates, etc.) because they're no legal JSONs.


npm install toSrc


    var toSrc = require("toSrc");

    // Primitives
    toSrc(1); // = '1'
    toSrc(true); // = 'true'
    toSrc(undefined); // = 'undefined'
    tOSrc(null); // = null
    toSrc("1"); // = '"1"'
    toSrc('1'); // = '"1"' toSrc always uses double-quotes    

    // Constants
    toSrc(Math.PI); // = 'Math.PI'
    toSrc(NaN); // = 'NaN'

    // RegExp
    toSrc(/myRegEx/gi); // = '/myRegEx/gi'
    toSrc(new RegExp("myRegEx")); // = '/myRegEx/'

    // Date
    toSrc(new Date()); // = 'new Date(<the time of creation in ms>)'

    // Functions
    function testFunc() {
        var test = "hello";
    toSrc(testFunc); // = 'function testFunc() {\n    var test = "hello";\n}'
    toSrc(String); // = 'String', native functions don't expose the source code

    // Arrays
    toSrc([1, 2, "3"]); // = '[1, 2, "3"]'
    toSrc([1, 2, ["a", "b", "c"]]); // = '[1, 2, undefined]' because the depth
                                    // is 1 by default
    toSrc([1, 2, ["a", "b", "c"]], 2); // = '[1, 2, ["a", "b", "c"]]'

    // Objects
        regEx: /regex/gi,
        anotherObj: {
            test: "test"
    // = '{"regEx": /regex/gi, "anotherObj": undefined}'
    // anotherObj is undefined because the depth is 1 by default.
        "regEx": /regex/gi,
        "anotherObj": {
            "test": "test"
    }, 2);
    // = '{"regEx": /regex/gi, "anotherObj": {"test": "test"}}'

For more examples check out test/test.js


toSrc(obj: *, depth: Number): String

  • obj:
    The object to stringify. Can also be a primitive like 1 or true.

  • {Number=1} depth:
    The depth to go. All nested structures like objects or arrays deeper than this will be undefined. Defaults to 1, meaning that every object or array within obj will be undefined by default.


In node.js

var toSrc = require("toSrc");

toSrc(obj, depth);

In the browser

Just call toSrc(obj, depth);


  • Circular references will be undefined. No error is thrown, but a warning is logged.
  • All math constants are restored to their source representation, e.g.: toSrc(Math.PI); // = 'Math.PI' instead of 3.14...
  • All dates are restored to their original time of creation, e.g.: toSrc(new Date()) // = 'new Date(<time of creation in ms>)'
  • Dynamic regular expressions created via new RegExp() will not be dynamic anymore. toSrc(new RegExp(someString)) will return '/<value of someString>/' instead of 'new RegExp(someString)'

Feel free to modify the code to meet your needs.



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