Browserify transform for replacing modules with global variables

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A browserify transform for replacing modules with global variables.
Are you using browserify to convert a module that depends on lo-dash, jQuery, q or some other omnipresent library? And you don't want to include this dependency in your browserify-build because it's already part of your web app? Use browserify-global-shim to replace require('some module') with references to a global variable.

Getting Started

Install the module with: npm install --save-dev browserify-global-shim
Configure it via package.json:
    "name": "myProject",
    "version": "1.0.0",
	"browserify": {
		"transform": [
    "browserify-global-shim": {
    	"jQuery": "$"

or by using the browserify API:
var browserify = require('browserify');
var b = browserify();
var globalShim = require('browserify-global-shim').configure({
	'jQuery': '$'

In both cases all references to require('jQuery') will be replaced with window.$ when you run browserify.

Similar libraries

What are you saying? The global:... option of browserify-shim does just the same? That's true!
And browserify-shim is also configurable via an API? Also true!
But unfortunately you can't have both at the same time. The API is only supported in the old 2.x versions, the global:... option became available in 3.x. If you need both, you're in a tough spot.


In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.


Copyright (c) 2014 Raphael Luba. Licensed under the MIT license.