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Deno 1.34

Deno 1.34: deno compile supports npm packages

As we continue our development journey towards Deno 2, this minor release is primarily focused on boosting compatibility with npm and Node.js, enhancing the overall quality of life and developer experience, and establishing the foundation for future performance enhancements.

The most significant updates in this release include three highly anticipated features:

Besides the aforementioned features, there are many other improvements and bug fixes worth mentioning:

deno compile supports npm packages

Ever since v1.6, deno compile has allowed you to compile your project into a single binary executable. This development has proven to be substantial for a multitude of reasons, as it enables developers to:

  • distribute and execute binaries on all major platforms without needing to install Deno or dependencies
  • include assets inside executable for more portability
  • simplify deployment with a single binary
  • achieve faster startup time

Since then, we’ve continued to make deno compile more useful, by adding support for web workers and dynamic imports, and today, by supporting npm packages.

Here’s an example creating a single binary executable with cowsay:

$ cat main.ts
import { say } from "npm:cowsay@1.5.0";
console.log(say({ text: "Hello from Deno!" }));

$ deno compile --allow-read main.ts
$ ./main
< Hello from Deno! >
        \   ^__^
         \  (oo)\_______
            (__)\       )\/\
                ||----w |
                ||     ||

cowsay is a simple example, but you can use deno compile with much more complex projects. Let’s try vite:

$ deno compile --allow-read --allow-write --allow-env --allow-net npm:vite
$ ./vite
  ➜  Local:   http://localhost:5173/
  ➜  Network: use --host to expose
  ➜  press h to show help

Or maybe eslint?

$ deno compile --allow-read --allow-write --allow-env --allow-net npm:eslint
$ cat .eslintrc.js
module.exports = {
    "env": {
        "es2021": true,
        "node": true
    "extends": "eslint:recommended",
    "overrides": [
    "parserOptions": {
        "ecmaVersion": "latest",
        "sourceType": "module"
    "rules": {

$ cat foo.js
function foo() {

$ ./eslint
  1:10  error  'foo' is defined but never used  no-unused-vars

✖ 1 problem (1 error, 0 warnings)

The difference between using deno compile to create an eslint binary and npm install -g eslint is that Deno packages eslint with all of its dependencies and configurations alongside the actual deno executable. This means that the produced executable ensures its dependencies will not be changed by accident and continue working the same way without interference from other dependencies on your system. Additionally, our testing suggests the binaries from deno compile tend to start up faster than executing the same program with dependencies cached locally.

There’s more work to improve deno compile, including minimizing total binary size, which we intend to address in upcoming releases.

Do you specific feedback on deno compile? Let us know.

Glob support in deno.json and CLI flags

Globs are now supported in the configuration file deno.json, deno task, and CLI arguments for specifying files. The glob syntax is cross platform, so you can confidently use it on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

In deno.json, you can use * to match any number of characters in a path, ? to match a single character, and ** to match any number of directories:

  "fmt": {
    "include": ["data/example?.txt"],
    "exclude": ["testdata/**/*.ts"]

You can also use glob patterns as CLI arguments. Here’s the above example, but using deno fmt:

$ deno fmt --exclude="testdata/**/*.ts" "data/example?.txt"

⚠️ Notice that we put the glob in quotes to prevent the shell from expanding it.

With deno task, in addition to the glob syntax above, you can also use square brackets to match a range of characters:

  "task": {
    "files": "echo **/*.ts",
    "data": "echo data[0-9].txt"

TLS certificates with IP addresses

One of the most wanted features is finally here. You can now use TLS certificates that contain IP addresses.

Quoting rustls team:

This is useful for things like Kubernetes pods, which often use IP addresses instead of domain names, and for DNS over HTTPS/TLS which needs an IP address for the server to avoid circular dependency on name resolution.

With Deno v1.34 any API that uses TLS will work with IP addresses. For example:

const resp = await fetch("");
console.log(await resp.text());

Configuration file improvements

Exclude files or folders for all sub commands

Previously, if you wanted Deno to ignore a file or folder for every sub command, you would have to specify it repetitively:

  "fmt": {
    "exclude": ["target/"]
  "lint": {
    "exclude": ["target/"]
  "test": {
    "exclude": ["target/"]
  "bench": {
    "exclude": ["target/"]

Starting in this release, you can use a top level exclude property:

  "exclude": ["target/"]

Thank you to @scarf005 for implementing this feature.

nodeModulesDir property

A nodeModulesDir property can now be specified in the deno.json file for explicitly enabling or disabling Deno’s use of the node_modules directory.

  "nodeModulesDir": true

If you are using Deno with a package.json and node_modules directory, it is recommended to enable this setting as it will provide a better experience. For example, with it enabled, Deno’s language server will use the local node_modules directory for caching and resolving packages.

Language server improvements

Deno 1.33 introduced document preloading in the language server, which pre-loads modules in the workspace on initialize so Deno knows about them and their contents.

In some cases, the default 1000 file system entry limit was either too little or too much, so it’s now configurable by setting the deno.documentPreloadLimit property.

  "deno.enable": true,
  "deno.documentPreloadLimit": 2000

Additionally, the language server’s internal TypeScript isolate’s default max memory limit was increased to 3GB to match TypeScript in VS Code’s default. Lastly, this limit can be configured in the VSCode extension via deno.maxTsServerMemory:

  "deno.enable": true,
  "deno.maxTsServerMemory": 3072

Deno API changes


Last month, we hinted that we planned to stabilize the Deno.serve() API. After much deliberation, however, we decided to postpone the stabilization by another month in order to make this API more forward compatible.

The signature of Deno.serve() has been changed to return an instance of Deno.Server instead of Promise<void>. Deno.Server has a finished property that’s a Promise, which resolves when the server shuts down (using an AbortSignal). This gives more flexibility in controlling the server programmatically.

const ac = new AbortController();
const server = Deno.serve(
  { signal: ac.signal },
  (_req) => new Response("Hello world"),
setTimeout(() => {
}, 1000);
await server.finished;
console.log("Server has shut down");

Additionally, Deno.Server has ref() and unref() methods. You can use these methods to control whether the server should keep the process alive or not.


This unstable API now exposes a few more options that allow greater control over the created client:

const client = Deno.createHttpClient({
  // Set maximum number of idle connections in the connection pool per host to 10.
  poolMaxIdlePerHost: 10,

  // Set a timeout for idle connection being kept alive to 10s. You can disable
  // timeout all together by passing `false`.
  poolIdleTimeout: 10_000,

  // Configure if the client can use HTTP1.
  http1: false,

  // Configure if the client can use HTTP2.
  http2: true,

const resp = await fetch("...", { client });


The Deno.FileInfo interface now includes the following new fields:

  • Deno.FileInfo.isBlockDevice
  • Deno.FileInfo.isCharDevice
  • Deno.FileInfo.isFifo
  • Deno.FileInfo.isSocket

The fields are available on Linux and macOS. On Windows, they are always null.

Thank you to Hirotaka Tagawa for the contribution.

Improvements to npm and Node compatibility

There are a couple other notable improvements to npm support:

  • deno vendor handles npm specifiers and will no longer error when they are encountered.
  • deno task runs pre and post scripts if present when executing a script from a package.json file similar to npm. Thanks to Marvin Hagemeister for implementing this feature.

We also polyfilled a few more built-in Node.js APIs:

  • crypto.createDiffieHellman
  • crypto.createDiffieHellmanGroup
  • http.Server.unref
  • Module.runMain
  • performance.markResourceTiming
  • process.release
  • worker_threads

Additionally, the following N-API symbols now work properly:

  • napi_async_init
  • napi_async_destroy
  • napi_add_finalizer

V8 11.5 and TypeScript 5.0.4

Finally, Deno v1.34 ships with V8 11.5 and TypeScript 5.0.4.

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