Server-side Google Closure with Node.js
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node-goog: Server-side Google Closure with Node.js


The Google Closure library is a powerful JavaScript framework and includes features which are also interesting outside of a browser environment, e.g. implementations of common algorithms (encryption, geometry, time and date handling, ...), data structures (tries, pools, priority queues, ...) and support for functional programming. node-goog aims at making these features available on the Node.js platform.


  1. You will need a separate installation of Google's Closure Library.

  2. node-goog itself is available as an npm package:

     npm install goog

    Or, get the source, fiddle around with it and install node-goog locally:

     git clone git://
     cd node-goog
     npm link


  1. Include node-goog in your application through Node's standard mechanism:

     var goog = require( 'goog' ).goog;
  2. Import any namespace from Google Closure like you would in a browser-based application:

     goog.require( 'goog.structs.Trie' );
  3. Hack on!

     var trie = new goog.structs.Trie();
  4. Start your application. Set CLOSURE_BASE_PATH according to your own configuration:

     CLOSURE_BASE_PATH=~/opt/closure-library/closure/goog/ node example.js


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