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Is there a way to generate the bundledDependencies list automatically?

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment


I have an app that I’m deploying to Nodejitsu. Recently, they suffered from npm issues that caused my app to go offline for several hours after I tried (and failed) to restart it, as its dependencies could not be installed. I was told that this could be averted in the future by listing all of my dependencies as bundledDependencies in my package.json, causing the dependencies to be uploaded along with the rest of the application. Which means that I need my package.json to look something like this:

"dependencies": {
  "express": "2.5.8",
  "mongoose": "2.5.9",
  "stylus": "0.24.0"
"bundledDependencies": [

Now, on DRY grounds, this is unappealing. But what’s worse is the maintenance: Every time I add or remove a dependency, I have to make the change in two places. Is there a command I can use to sync bundledDependencies with dependencies?


How about implementing a grunt.js task to do it? This works:

module.exports = function(grunt) {

  grunt.registerTask('bundle', 'A task that bundles all dependencies.', function () {
    // "package" is a reserved word so it's abbreviated to "pkg"
    var pkg = grunt.file.readJSON('./package.json');
    // set the bundled dependencies to the keys of the dependencies property
    pkg.bundledDependencies = Object.keys(pkg.dependencies);
    // write back to package.json and indent with two spaces
    grunt.file.write('./package.json', JSON.stringify(pkg, undefined, '  '));


Put that in the root directory of your project in a file called grunt.js. To install grunt, use npm: npm install -g grunt. Then bundle the packages by executing grunt bundle.

A commentor mentioned an npm module that could be useful: https://www.npmjs.com/package/grunt-bundled-dependencies (I haven’t tried it.)