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HTMLMinifier is a highly configurable, well-tested, Javascript-based HTML minifier, with lint-like capabilities.

See corresponding blog post for all the gory details of how it works, description of each option, testing results and conclusions.

Test suite is available online.

Also see corresponding Ruby wrapper, and for Node.js, Grunt plugin, Gulp module, and Koa middleware wrapper.

Minification comparison

How does HTMLMinifier compare to other solutions — HTML Minifier from Will Peavy (1st result in google search for "html minifier") as well as and minimize?

Site Original size (KB) HTMLMinifier minimize Will Peavy
HTMLMinifier page 49 37 42 44 43
NBC 91 75 84 86 85
ES6 table 118 80 93 95 94
New York Times 131 102 122 125 120
Google 133 128 132 135 131
MSN 157 132 138 145 138
Stackoverflow 200 159 165 174 166
Amazon 246 211 234 230 219
Wikipedia 401 373 388 400 n/a
Eloquent Javascript 870 831 840 864 n/a
ES6 draft 3678 3060 3079 3204 n/a

Options Quick Reference

Option Description Default
removeComments Strip HTML comments false
removeCommentsFromCDATA Strip HTML comments from scripts and styles false
removeCDATASectionsFromCDATA Remove CDATA sections from script and style elements false
collapseWhitespace Collapse white space that contributes to text nodes in a document tree. false
conservativeCollapse Always collapse to 1 space (never remove it entirely). Must be used in conjunction with collapseWhitespace=true false
collapseInlineTagWhitespace Don't leave any spaces between display:inline; elements when collapsing. Must be used in conjunction with collapseWhitespace=true false
preserveLineBreaks Always collapse to 1 line break (never remove it entirely) when whitespace between tags include a line break. Must be used in conjunction with collapseWhitespace=true false
collapseBooleanAttributes Omit attribute values from boolean attributes false
removeTagWhitespace Remove space between attributes whenever possible. false
removeAttributeQuotes Remove quotes around attributes when possible. false
removeRedundantAttributes Remove attributes when value matches default. false
preventAttributesEscaping Prevents the escaping of the values of attributes. false
useShortDoctype Replaces the doctype with the short (HTML5) doctype false
removeEmptyAttributes Remove all attributes with whitespace-only values false
removeScriptTypeAttributes Remove type="text/javascript" from script tags. Other type attribute values are left intact. false
removeStyleLinkTypeAttributes Remove type="text/css" from style and link tags. Other type attribute values are left intact. false
removeOptionalTags Remove unrequired tags false
removeEmptyElements Remove all elements with empty contents false
lint Toggle linting false
keepClosingSlash Keep the trailing slash on singleton elements false
caseSensitive Treat attributes in case sensitive manner (useful for custom HTML tags.) false
minifyJS Minify Javascript in script elements and event attributes (uses UglifyJS) false (could be true, false, Object (options))
minifyCSS Minify CSS in style elements and style attributes (uses clean-css) false (could be true, false, Object (options))
minifyURLs Minify URLs in various attributes (uses relateurl) false (could be Object (options))
ignoreCustomComments Array of regex'es that allow to ignore certain comments, when matched [ ]
ignoreCustomFragments Array of regex'es that allow to ignore certain fragments, when matched (e.g. <?php ... ?>, {{ ... }}, etc.) [ ]
processScripts Array of strings corresponding to types of script elements to process through minifier (e.g. text/ng-template, text/x-handlebars-template, etc.) [ ]
maxLineLength Specify a maximum line length. Compressed output will be split by newlines at valid HTML split-points.
customEventAttributes Arrays of regex'es that allow to support custom event attributes for minifyJS (e.g. ng-click) [ /^on[a-z]{3,}$/ ]
customAttrAssign Arrays of regex'es that allow to support custom attribute assign expressions (e.g. '<div flex?="{{mode != cover}}"></div>') [ ]
customAttrSurround Arrays of regex'es that allow to support custom attribute surround expressions (e.g. <input {{#if value}}checked="checked"{{/if}}>) [ ]
customAttrCollapse Regex that specifies custom attribute to strip newlines from (e.g. /ng\-class/)
quoteCharacter Type of quote to use for attribute values (' or ")

Special cases

Ignoring chunks of markup.

If you have chunks of markup you would like preserved, you can wrap them <!-- htmlmin:ignore -->.

Preserving SVG tags

SVG tags are automatically recognized, and when they are minified, both case-sensitivity and closing-slashes are preserved, regardless of the minification settings used for the rest of the file.

Working with invalid markup

HTMLMinifier can't work with invalid or partial chunks of markup. This is because it parses markup into a tree structure, then modifies it (removing anything that was specified for removal, ignoring anything that was specified to be ingored, etc.), then it creates a markup out of that tree and returns it.

Input markup (e.g. <p id="">foo)

Internal representation of markup in a form of tree (e.g. {tag: "p", attr: "id", children: ["foo"] })

Transformation of internal representation (e.g. removal of "id" attribute)

Output of resulting markup (e.g. <p>foo</p>)

HTMLMinifier can't know that original markup was only half of the tree; it does its best to try to parse it as a full tree and it loses information about tree being malformed or partial in the beginning. As a result, it can't create a partial/malformed tree at the time of the output.

Installation Instructions

From NPM for use as a command line app:

npm install html-minifier -g

From NPM for programmatic use:

npm install html-minifier

From Git:

git clone git://
cd html-minifier
npm link .


For command line usage please see html-minifier --help


var minify = require('html-minifier').minify;
var result = minify('<p title="blah" id="moo">foo</p>', {
  removeAttributeQuotes: true
result; // '<p title=blah id=moo>foo</p>'

Running benchmarks

Benchmarks for minified HTML:

node benchmark.js
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