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(also code minification or file minimization)

Minification definition

Minification, also called code minification or file minimization, expunges all superfluous characters from a source code without affecting its operational capacity. This typically entails the removal of spaces, line breaks, comments, and in some instances, the abbreviation of variable names.

See also: bandwidth, compressed file

Minification examples

  • JavaScript minification: JavaScript files can be minified to reduce their size, thus improving the loading speed of web pages.
  • CSS minification: Similarly, CSS files can be minified for the same purpose.
  • HTML minification: HTML files can also be minified, eliminating unnecessary spaces, line breaks, and comments to enhance website performance.

Pros and cons of minification


  • Performance: Minification improves website loading speed by reducing the size of the source code, enhancing user experience.
  • Bandwidth reduction: By minimizing the size of files, minification saves bandwidth.


  • Readability: Minified code is harder to read and debug because it lacks the usual formatting and comments that provide context.
  • Maintenance: Changes or updates to the code require the minified file to be generated again, which can be a time-consuming process if not automated.

Minification tips

  • Use minification as part of your build process to ensure your production code is as compact as possible.
  • Always keep a copy of the pre-minified files for debugging and development.