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Oct 12, 2012

Author: Hirvesh Posted At: 10/12/2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Chibi - A Tiny JavaScript Micro-framework


Chibi is a tiny JavaScript micro-framework.  Id you think it's OK to serve up 30KB of framework over 3G just to manipulate a couple of DOM elements?  Of course you don't because that's an asshat move and you're no asshat.  You'll probably instead use a couple of lines of vanilla JavaScript, perhaps a little CSS :active with transitions, all while riding a unicorn bareback through a double rainbow, no hands.

Working on something a wee bit more complex? Unlike fat, grown-up frameworks, Chibi focuses on just the essentials, melted down and mixed with optimization rainbows to create a really light micro-framework that allows you to do awesome things, asshatory free.


  • Chibi is really tiny: 5KB minified, 2KB gzipped, small enough to stick inline on single page web apps, saving an extra HTTP request.
  • Supports modern desktop and mobile browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari (see Browser Support below).
  • Even supports creaky old browsers like IE6.
  • No animation cruft, instead use CSS transitions like a nice person.
  • In modern browsers, Chibi typically executes DOM manipulation 20% to 50% faster than grown-up frameworks.
  • The lumpy, chewy bits
  • Chibi's polyfill for document.querySelectorAll() is limited to browser CSS support and is not as fast as some dedicated selector engines. This means no input[type=text] or p:nth-child(even) selectors with IE6. Fortunately modern browser don't need this polyfill.
  • Ancient browsers that support neither document.querySelectorAll() nor window.getComputedStyle can bugger off.

Browser Support

Chibi has been tested with and supports the following browsers:

  • Android Browser 2.1 or higher
  • Blackberry Browser 6 or higher
  • Chrome
  • Chrome Android
  • Firefox 3.5 or higher
  • Firefox Mobile
  • Internet Explorer 6 or higher
  • Internet Explorer Mobile 9 or higher
  • Opera 10 or higher
  • Opera Mini
  • Opera Mobile 10 or higher
  • Safari 3.2 or higher
  • Safari Mobile 3.2 or higher
  • Symbian^3 Browser or higher

Requirements: None
License: MIT License

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