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How to compress images on client-side

Optimizing images on the web is a common thing. For hellocurator, we want to optimize images before the upload, we can do it without servers, on the client-side.

The Canvas element let manipulate images with Javascript quite easily.
We can found a lot of code examples about how to compress image with the Canvas API.

I will use compressorjs, a tiny librarie (3.8 kB minzipped).
Compressor.js uses the Browser's native HTMLCanvasElement.toBlob() API to do the compression work, which means it is lossy compression.

There's a live Demo to play with it.

The code

In some case, I like to wrap dependencies in my projects.
So the code looks like:

import Compressor from "compressorjs";

export const compress = async (
  file: File,
  quality: number,
  maxHeight: number,
  maxWidth: number,
  convertSize?: number
): Promise<File | Blob> => {
  return await new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    new Compressor(file, {
      success: resolve,
      error: reject,
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You can use more options, as provided in the GitHub repo.

And, to use it

const upload async = (data) => {
  const file = data.image[0];
  const compressedFile = await compress(file, 0.6, 2000, 2000, 1000);
  const imageUploaded = await upload(compressedFile);
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GitHub Gist

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