The smallest Javascript libraries on the internet ...

Popular Javascript libraries such as jQuery grew tremendously over the years.
To reduce bandwidth requirements, these libraries are usually minified and GZIP compressed.
Surprisingly, most Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) give you a quite bad level of GZIP compression.

Google's Zopfli (open source) is currently the best GZIP compressor and produces the smallest files.
It produces files fully compatible to the DEFLATE algorithm (used by GZIP) but in order to find even better compression
it is based on a random walk (trial-'n'-error). I run a brute-force search to find optimal Zopfli parameters.

That means: when decompressed by the browser, my files are 100% identical to the original minified versions.
There is no difference to the developer, to the administrator or to the end-user:
except my files are smaller and therefore load a tiny bit faster.

size(mine) < size(original)   but   content(mine) = content(original)

Everything you find on the website can be used in in non-commercial as well as commercial projects without any obligations
However, if you are a super-kind person, then please send me a short mail. Or a postcard. Or both.

Libraries

My server analyzed these already minified and zipped projects and compressed them even further:
Project Author's Website Latest Version Best CDN's Size My Best Version Improvement Details Older Versions
AngularJS http://angularjs.org 1.5.9 57127 bytes 55194 bytes -1933 bytes (3.38%) in-depth info and 120 older versions
BackboneJS http://backbonejs.org 1.3.3 7559 bytes 7334 bytes -225 bytes (2.98%) in-depth info and 23 older versions
Bootstrap http://getbootstrap.com 3.3.7 9810 bytes 9463 bytes -347 bytes (3.54%) in-depth info and 13 older versions
D3 http://d3js.org 4.4.0 72377 bytes 68088 bytes -4289 bytes (5.93%) in-depth info and 87 older versions
Dojo http://dojotoolkit.org 1.11.2 (n/a) 52758 bytes (n/a) in-depth info and 64 older versions
Ember http://emberjs.com 2.10.0 129573 bytes 125231 bytes -4342 bytes (3.35%) in-depth info and 77 older versions
jQuery http://jquery.com 3.1.1 30080 bytes 29027 bytes -1053 bytes (3.50%) in-depth info and 70 older versions
Knockout http://knockoutjs.com 3.4.1 22172 bytes 21422 bytes -750 bytes (3.38%) in-depth info and 15 older versions
lodash http://lodash.com 4.17.2 24152 bytes 23157 bytes -995 bytes (4.12%) in-depth info and 36 older versions
React http://reactjs.com 15.4.1 7333 bytes 7028 bytes -305 bytes (4.16%) in-depth info and 30 older versions
Socket.IO http://socket.io 1.6.0 22054 bytes 21171 bytes -883 bytes (4.00%) in-depth info and 26 older versions
ThreeJS http://threejs.org 82 125422 bytes 120121 bytes -5301 bytes (4.23%) in-depth info and 32 older versions
UnderscoreJS http://underscorejs.org 1.8.3 5835 bytes 5664 bytes -171 bytes (2.93%) in-depth info and 56 older versions

On average, my files are 4.56% smaller than the smallest files you find on these major public content delivery networks:
Baidu, Boot, cdnhttps, cdnjs, Google, jsdelivr, Microsoft, npmcdn, Sina and/or Yandex.

Not a single file from these CDNs is smaller or has the same size as my compressed files.

How To Use It

Select your desired library from the table above, for example jQuery 3.1.1, and either:
  1. download the smallest file and store it on your server

  2. hotlink to my server's copy
As mentioned before, after decompression my files are 100% identical to their original version.
The only difference is I spent much more time finding the (almost) optimal compression.

Fallback Solution

No matter which CDN you use, it's always a good idea to have a fallback in case the CDN is unreachable or - even worse - delisted your specific library.
All you have to do is to keep a copy of that library on your local server and add the following Javascript code:
<!-- try to download from CDN -->
<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.1.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<!-- if failed, switch to local copy -->
<script>window.jQuery || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/jquery.min.js">\\x3C/script>')</script>

Please be aware that window.jQuery (last line) is specific to jQuery, for other libraries you have to use their dedicated main Javascript object:
Library Load Local Fallback
AngularJS <script>window.angular               || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/angular.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>
BackboneJS <script>window.Backbone              || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/backbone.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>
Bootstrap <script>$.fn.modal                   || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/bootstrap.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>
D3 <script>window.d3                    || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/d3.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>
Dojo <script>typeof(dojo) !== "undefined" || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/dojo.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>
Ember <script>window.Ember                 || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/ember.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>
jQuery <script>window.jQuery                || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/jquery.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>
Knockout <script>window.ko                    || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/knockout.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>
lodash <script>window._                     || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/lodash.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>
React <script>window.React                 || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/react.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>
ThreeJS <script>window.THREE                 || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/three.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>
UnderscoreJS <script>window._                     || document.write('<script src="local_server_path/underscore.min.js">\x3C/script>')</script>

You can try another CDN instead of falling back to your local server, too.

Info

I created this website as a hobby project because every time a byte is wasted, a kitten cries. Seriously ;-)

By the way: if you run a small website it's totally fine to hotlink to the compressed files on my server.
However, high-traffic websites should copy my files to their own server.
And in the best of all worlds, major CDNs would replace their (too) large versions ... well, I'm just dreaming.
Notes: pigz is a fast open source multi-threaded implementation of gzip written by one of the original authors of gzip.
However, when using compression level 11, pigz actually switches to the slower Zopfli algorithm and isn't multi-threaded anymore.
KrzyMOD's extensions to Zopfli offer the highest level of configuration and is therefore used for my brute-force search.
Ken Silverman wrote the closed-source KZIP compression program and Jonathon Fowler ported it to Linux.
Defluff was created by Joachim Henke; DeflOpt is a tool by Ben Jos Walbeehm.

website made by Stephan Brumme in 2015 and still improving in 2016.
all timestamps are displayed in central european time. see my changelog.
no flash, not even images or external css files - and everything squeezed into a single html file.
which was handsomely compressed before releasing it into the wild internet - obviously.

please visit my homepage and my blog, too.
email: minime (at) stephan-brumme.com