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Super simple source map generation for CLI tools.

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Have you added source map support to your compiler, but aren't sure about how to expose it to your CLI tool? Keep it simple! Add a --map switch and let Climap do the rest!

In order to make it so simple, Climap enforces some conventions. A source map for a file "foo.js" will:

  • be called "",
  • be placed next to "foo.js",
  • have all its sources listed relative to itself,
  • have source maps of its source files applied to itself. (Takes care of "in source maps".)


npm install climap

var Climap = require("climap")


Given an array files of paths to input files, an output path output, some parsing, compiling, merging and joining functions parse, compile, merge and join, respectively, and a flag useStdout:

If each file should be processed on its own:

files.forEach(function(file) {
    Climap(file, join(output, file))
        .parse(function(content, source, index, sources) {
            return parse(content, source)
        .compile(function(ast, data) {
            var compiled = compile(ast, {
                file: data.file,
                sourceMappingURL: data.sourceMappingURL,
                sourceRoot: data.sourceRoot
            return {content: compiled.content, map:}
        .write(function(compiled, map) {
            if (useStdout) {
                return true // Indicate that no file should be written.

If all the files should be processed together:

Climap(files, output)
    .reduce(function(merged, current, index, array) {
        return merge(merged, current)

Climap was all about source map generation, right? Why do I have to write the whole read–parse–compile–write chain with Climap in the back all the time? Good question. The answer is that Climap needs to gather and exchange information during the whole process. It's also about convenience.



The first argument of Climap can be either a string, or an array of strings, as seen. If a non array string is passed, reducing is not mandatory (and probably useless). The strings are paths to files, which will be read. You may also pass {source: "path/to/file", content: "content of file"} objects instead of strings, or mix both variants.

Climap is actually a constructor. You may use the new keyword before it if you wish. You can of course also assign the instance to a variable if you so desire, but all the relevant methods are chainable, so there's really no need to.

The parsing function

source is a shortened form of each file path, optimized to be used in a source map. The parser should put that in the AST it creates.

The compiling function

data.file is the basename of the to-be-written output file (second parameter passed to Climap).

data.sourceMappingURL is actually just data.file + ".map". The compiler should put it in the # sourceMappingURL=... comment at the end of the file. Climap cannot do this automatically, since it cannot now what language you are targeting and thus doesn't know the correct comment syntax.

Note that the above means that the source map must always be kept in the same directory as its file. That assumption is made for simplicity.

Finally, data.sourceRoot is automatically populated to reduces the size of sources array in the source map as much as possible. It is relative to the source map itself.

The writing function

As seen, it is optional. If omitted, or if it returns something falsy, the output file (second parameter passed to Climap) will be written, along with its source map (if any). Usually that's what you want, but you are given the opportunity to opt out here.

The reducing function

Climap#reduce is exactly like Array#reduce (you may also pass an initial value, if you wish).

Comprehensive example

See example/css-minify-concat.js. It is a little CLI tool that minifies and concatenates CSS files. Try it out: node example/css-minify-concat.js --map test/files/source?.css bundle.css.


LGPLv3 in general. The example program is GPLv3. All files which do not mention anything about copyright and licenses are public domain.

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