I often find myself needing to package a Node.js project as a single binary file, i.e. turn the source tree into a single self-executable file.
There are a few tools which can be used to do this, such as
pkg. However, pkg does not work with binary modules, such as the
sharp module for image manipulation.
In the end, I wrote my own script to generate a self-executing binary based on a Linux Journal article on bash self-extracting scripts. This works as follows:
Here is the code (only tested on linux):