Choose a version:
37% The original file has 18852 bytes (18.4k) and is available from the project website.
There you can find the official minified version, too, which brings down the size to 7060 bytes (6.9k, 37%).

After GZIP compression these minified files vary in size:
Boot
  2474 bytes (2.4k)
CDN
gzip -6 (default)
  2241 bytes (2.2k)
local copy
gzip -9
  2239 bytes (2.2k)
local copy
Baidu
  2234 bytes (2.2k)
CDN
cdnjs
  2223 bytes (2.2k)
CDN
cdnhttps
  2217 bytes (2.2k)
CDN
libdeflate -12
  2178 bytes (2.1k)
local copy
kzip -s0 -rn -b0
  2176 bytes (2.1k)
local copy
7zip -mx=9 -tgzip
  2175 bytes (2.1k)
local copy
pigz -11 -n
  2175 bytes (2.1k)
local copy
Zopfli
  2171 bytes (2.1k)
local copy

perma-link to the smallest file on my server:
http://minime.stephan-brumme.com/files/underscorejs/underscore-0.4.4.min.js (or via HTTPS)

You will automatically get the smallest UnderscoreJS 0.4.4 file, ETag caching is available and
if your browser doesn't support GZIP decompression then the uncompressed version will be sent.

Currently best Zopfli settings

Save 46 bytes by using my UnderscoreJS 0.4.4 Zopfli version instead of the best available CDN (2.12% smaller than cdnhttps, 2171 vs. 2217 bytes):
You can use my super-compressed files for whatever purpose you like as long as you respect the library's original license agreement.
There are no restrictions from my side - but please avoid hot-linking if you run a high-traffic website.

These command-line settings yielded the best compression ratio so far (Linux version of zopfli-krzymod):
zopfli --i1000 --mb8 --mls32 --bsr2 --lazy --ohh

(found February 2, 2016)
Description Value Parameter
iterations 1000  --i1000
maximum blocks 8  --mb8
maximum length score 32  --mls32
block splitting recursion 2  --bsr2
lazy matching in LZ77 yes  --lazy
optimized Huffman headers yes  --ohh
initial random W for iterations 1  --rw1
initial random Z for iterations 2  --rz2

Verify file integrity

After decompression, my uncompressed files are identical to the original ones:

MD5:
curl --silent --compressed https://raw.githubusercontent.com/jashkenas/underscore/0.4.4/underscore-min.js --location | md5sum
8a4352c6052575eb4f5771bd25ae4807  -
curl --silent --compressed https://minime.stephan-brumme.com/files/underscorejs/underscore-0.4.4.min.zopfli.js.gz | md5sum
8a4352c6052575eb4f5771bd25ae4807  -

SHA1:
curl --silent --compressed https://raw.githubusercontent.com/jashkenas/underscore/0.4.4/underscore-min.js --location | sha1sum
ac8c98682b125cb84653ca1c54bd53ab64651578  -
curl --silent --compressed https://minime.stephan-brumme.com/files/underscorejs/underscore-0.4.4.min.zopfli.js.gz | sha1sum
ac8c98682b125cb84653ca1c54bd53ab64651578  -

These CDNs send you the original file:
CDN Size (compressed) MD5 (uncompressed) Timestamp
Boot 2474 bytes 8a4352c6052575eb4f5771bd25ae4807 (invalid)
cdnjs 2223 bytes 8a4352c6052575eb4f5771bd25ae4807 (invalid)
cdnhttps 2217 bytes 8a4352c6052575eb4f5771bd25ae4807 (invalid)

And some CDNs send you a different file:
CDN Size (compressed) MD5 (uncompressed) Comment / Diff Timestamp
Baidu 2234 bytes c6e588ccdddfdae9b49b8fe62890fa44 only whitespaces differ (invalid)

Note: only the MD5 hashes are shown to keep things simple.

Other Versions

Available UnderscoreJS versions at minime.stephan-brumme.com:

1.9.1, 1.9.0,
1.8.3, 1.8.2, 1.8.1,
1.7.0,
1.6.0,
1.5.2, 1.5.0,
1.4.4, 1.4.3, 1.4.2, 1.4.1, 1.4.0,
1.3.3, 1.3.2, 1.3.1, 1.3.0,
1.2.4, 1.2.3, 1.2.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.0,
1.1.7, 1.1.5, 1.1.4, 1.1.3, 1.1.2, 1.1.1, 1.1.0,
1.0.4, 1.0.3, 1.0.2, 1.0.1, 1.0.0,
0.6.0,
0.5.7, 0.5.6, 0.5.5, 0.5.4, 0.5.3, 0.5.2, 0.5.1, 0.5.0,
0.4.7, 0.4.6, 0.4.5, 0.4.4, 0.4.3, 0.4.2, 0.4.1, 0.4.0,
0.3.3, 0.3.2, 0.3.1, 0.3.0,
0.2.0,
0.1.1, 0.1.0

The project site contains an overview how well these versions were compressed.
Other interesting projects are AngularJS, BackboneJS, Bootstrap, D3, Dojo, Ember, jQuery, Knockout, lodash, React, Socket.IO, ThreeJS and Vue.

Changelog

Best Zopfli parameters so far:
Size Improvement Parameters Found
2171 bytes -1 byte zopfli --i1000 --mls32 --bsr2 --lazy --ohh February 2, 2016 @ 21:00
2172 bytes -2 bytes zopfli --i1000 --mls16384 --bsr8 --lazy --ohh February 2, 2016 @ 20:58
2174 bytes zopfli --i100 --mls16384 --bsr23 --lazy --ohh February 2, 2016 @ 20:57

If there are multiple parameter sets yielding the same compressed size, only the first one found is shown.

Most recent activity on June 16, 2016 @ 14:40.

Heatmaps

This Zopfli heatmap visualizes how compression changes when modifying the --bsr and --mls parameter.
Cell's contents is the best filesize achieved (in bytes, hover with mouse over cells to see number of iterations).

Good parameters are green, bad are red. The best and worst are bold as well.
The brightness of the blue background color indicates how many iterations were processed:
10,000 or 100,000.
bsr \ mls
2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 512 1024 2048 4096 8192 16384 32768
bsr \ mls
2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 512 1024 2048 4096 8192 16384 32768
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171
2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2172 2171 2172 2172 2172 2172 2171 2171 2171 2171

Due to the Monte Carlo design of my search algorithm, not all parameters have reached the same number of iterations yet:
Iterations Min. Bytes Reduction Coverage
100 2173 bytes 100%
1,000 2171 bytes -2 bytes 100%
10,000 2171 bytes 100%
100,000 2171 bytes 0.29%
1,000,000
10,000,000

KZIP has far less options available for tuning/optimization. I only played around with the number of blocks (parameter -n):
Blocks Min. Bytes Compared To Best Zopfli Compared To Best KZIP
2176 bytes +5 bytes (+0.23%)
2176 bytes +5 bytes (+0.23%)
2200 bytes +29 bytes (+1.34%) +24 bytes
2227 bytes +56 bytes (+2.58%) +51 bytes
2263 bytes +92 bytes (+4.24%) +87 bytes
2296 bytes +125 bytes (+5.76%) +120 bytes
2320 bytes +149 bytes (+6.86%) +144 bytes
2345 bytes +174 bytes (+8.01%) +169 bytes
2377 bytes +206 bytes (+9.49%) +201 bytes

Non-DEFLATE Algorithms

Archivers based on completely different compression algorithms often produce superior results.
Unfortunately, browsers only support gzip compression at the moment.
However, support for Brotli is constantly growing - but your browser doesn't support it.
Algorithm Program Parameters Size Compared To Best Zopfli
RAR (proprietary) RAR rar a -m5 -md64m -mc63:128t -mt1 1969 bytes -202 bytes (-9.30%)
Brotli (Wikipedia) brotli brotli -q 11 1991 bytes -180 bytes (-8.29%)
Zstandard (Wikipedia) zstd zstd -19 2190 bytes +19 bytes (+0.88%)
Burrows-Wheeler transform (Wikipedia) bzip2 bzip2 -9 2250 bytes +79 bytes (+3.64%)
LZMA2 (Wikipedia) xz xz -9 2264 bytes +93 bytes (+4.28%)
PPMd (Wikipedia) 7zip 7za a -mx=9 -m0=ppmd 2409 bytes +238 bytes (+10.96%)
ZPAQ (Wikipedia) zpaq zpaq -method 69 2883 bytes +712 bytes (+32.80%)

Detailled Analysis

I wrote a DEFLATE decoder in Javascript. Click the button below to start a client-side analysis of the smallest gzipped files (may take a second):


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 2018.
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.

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email: minime (at) stephan-brumme.com