ChannelZ v0.5.3
License: WTFPL
Released: 2021-06-17

ChannelZ

ChannelZ is a CLI tool for x86-64 Linux machines that simplifies the common task of encoding static web assets with Gzip and Brotli for production environments.

Features

The "appropriate" file types are:

Installation

Debian and Ubuntu users can grab the pre-built .deb package from the release page.

This application is written in Rust and can alternatively be built from source using Cargo:

# Clone the source.
git clone https://github.com/Blobfolio/channelz.git

# Go to it.
cd channelz

# Build as usual. Specify additional flags as desired.
cargo build \
    --bin channelz \
    --release

(This should work under other 64-bit Unix environments too, like MacOS.)

Usage

It's easy. Just run channelz [FLAGS] [OPTIONS] <PATH(S)>….

The following flags and options are available:

    --clean          Remove all existing *.gz *.br files before starting.
-h, --help           Prints help information
-l, --list <list>    Read file paths from this list.
-p, --progress       Show progress bar while minifying.
-V, --version        Prints version information

For example:

# Generate app.js.gz and app.js.br:
channelz /path/to/app.js

# Tackle a whole folder at once with a nice progress bar:
channelz -p /path/to/assets

# Do the same thing, but clear out any old *.gz or *.br files first:
channelz --clean -p /path/to/assets

# Or load it up with a lot of places separately:
channelz /path/to/css /path/to/js …

Benchmarks

ChannelZ's compression is a little bit stronger than brotli -q 11 and gzip -9, but not by much.

Timing-wise, though, it's no competition. :)