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Welcome to SlimIt

SlimIt is a JavaScript minifier written in Python. It compiles JavaScript into more compact code so that it downloads and runs faster.

SlimIt also provides a library that includes a JavaScript parser, lexer, pretty printer and a tree visitor.

Let's minify some code

From the command line:

$ slimit -h
Usage: slimit [input file]

If no input file is provided STDIN is used by default.
Minified JavaScript code is printed to STDOUT.

$ cat test.js
var a = function( obj ) {
        for ( var name in obj ) {
                return false;
        }
        return true;
};
$
$ slimit < test.js
var a=function(obj){for(var name in obj)return false;return true;};

Or using library API:

>>> from slimit import minify
>>> text = """
... var a = function( obj ) {
...         for ( var name in obj ) {
...                 return false;
...         }
...         return true;
... };
... """
>>> print minify(text)
var a=function(obj){for(var name in obj)return false;return true;};

Iterate over, modify a JavaScript AST and pretty print it

>>> from slimit.parser import Parser
>>> from slimit.visitors import nodevisitor
>>> from slimit import ast
>>>
>>> parser = Parser()
>>> tree = parser.parse('for(var i=0; i<10; i++) {var x=5+i;}')
>>> for node in nodevisitor.visit(tree):
...     if isinstance(node, ast.Identifier) and node.value == 'i':
...         node.value = 'hello'
...
>>> print tree.to_ecma() # print awesome javascript :)
for (var hello = 0; hello < 10; hello++) {
  var x = 5 + hello;
}
>>>

Using lexer in your project

>>> from slimit.lexer import Lexer
>>> lexer = Lexer()
>>> lexer.input('a = 1;')
>>> for token in lexer:
...     print token
...
LexToken(ID,'a',1,0)
LexToken(EQ,'=',1,2)
LexToken(NUMBER,'1',1,4)
LexToken(SEMI,';',1,5)

You can get one token at a time using token method:

>>> lexer.input('a = 1;')
>>> while True:
...     token = lexer.token()
...     if not token:
...         break
...     print token
...
LexToken(ID,'a',1,0)
LexToken(EQ,'=',1,2)
LexToken(NUMBER,'1',1,4)
LexToken(SEMI,';',1,5)

LexToken instance has different attributes:

>>> lexer.input('a = 1;')
>>> token = lexer.token()
>>> token.type, token.value, token.lineno, token.lexpos
('ID', 'a', 1, 0)

Installation

Using pip:

$ sudo pip install slimit

Using easy_install:

$ sudo easy_install slimit

Roadmap

  • More minifications
  • Speed improvements
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