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mrclay Minify now allows static file serving
With slightly altered URLs, Minify can cache files so they're served directly
from the filesystem instead of through PHP. A simple library helps create URLs
and clearing the cache.

See `static/` for details.
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Static file serving

Note: This feature is new and not extensively tested.

Within this folder, Minify creates minified files on demand, serving them without the overhead of PHP at all.

For example, when a visitor requests a URL like /min/static/1467089473/f=js/my-script.js, Minify creates the directories 1467089473/f=js, and saves the minified file my-script.js in it. On following requests, the file is served directly.

Getting started

  1. Make sure the static directory is writable by your server.

  2. In minify/config.php, set $min_enableStatic = true;

  3. Request the test script

    This will create a new cache directory within static and redirect the browser to the new location, e.g.

    You should see the minified script and on the server the static directory should contain a new subdirectory tree with the static file. Following requests will serve the file directly.

  4. Delete the new subdirectory (e.g. 1467089473) and refresh the browser.

You should be redirected to the new location where the file and cache directory has been recreated.

Site integration

You don't want to hardcode any URLs. Instead we'll use functions in lib.php:

require_once __DIR__ . '/path/to/static/lib.php';

$static_uri = "/min/static";
$query = "b=scripts&f=1.js,2.js";
$type = "js";

$uri = Minify\StaticService\build_uri($static_uri, $query, $type);

If you release a new build (or change any source file), you must clear the cache by deleting the entire directory:

require_once __DIR__ . '/path/to/static/lib.php';


URL rules

As URLs result in files being created, they are more strictly formatted.

  • Arbitrary parameters (e.g. to bust a cache) are not permitted.
  • URLs must end with .js or .css.

If your URL does not end with .js or .css, you'll need to append &z=.js or &z=.css to the URL. E.g.:

Note that Minify\StaticService\build_uri handles this automatically for you.

URLs aren't canonical, so these URLs are all valid and will produce separate files:

Disable caching

You can easily switch to use the regular min/ endpoint during development:


$query = "b=styles&f=minimal.less";
$type = "css";

if ($use_static) {
    require_once __DIR__ . '/path/to/static/lib.php';
    $static_uri = "/min/static";
    $uri = Minify\StaticService\build_uri($static_uri, $query, $type);
} else {
    $uri = "/min/?$query";
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