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What is gulp?

  • Automation - gulp is a toolkit that helps you automate painful or time-consuming tasks in your development workflow.
  • Platform-agnostic - Integrations are built into all major IDEs and people are using gulp with PHP, .NET, Node.js, Java, and other platforms.
  • Strong Ecosystem - Use npm modules to do anything you want + over 3000 curated plugins for streaming file transformations.
  • Simple - By providing only a minimal API surface, gulp is easy to learn and simple to use.

What's new in 4.0?!

  • The task system was rewritten from the ground-up, allowing task composition using
  • The watcher was updated, now using chokidar (no more need for gulp-watch!), with feature parity to our task system.
  • First-class support was added for incremental builds using
  • A
    method was exposed to create symlinks instead of copying files.
  • Built-in support for sourcemaps was added - the gulp-sourcemaps plugin is no longer necessary!
  • Task registration of exported functions - using node or ES exports - is now recommended.
  • Custom registries were designed, allowing for shared tasks or augmented functionality.
  • Stream implementations were improved, allowing for better conditional and phased builds.

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This file will give you a taste of what gulp does.

var gulp = require('gulp');
var less = require('gulp-less');
var babel = require('gulp-babel');
var concat = require('gulp-concat');
var uglify = require('gulp-uglify');
var rename = require('gulp-rename');
var cleanCSS = require('gulp-clean-css');
var del = require('del');

var paths = { styles: { src: 'src/styles/*/.less', dest: 'assets/styles/' }, scripts: { src: 'src/scripts/*/.js', dest: 'assets/scripts/' } };

/* Not all tasks need to use streams, a gulpfile is just another node program

  • and you can use all packages available on npm, but it must return either a
  • Promise, a Stream or take a callback and call it
  • / function clean() { // You can use multiple globbing patterns as you would with gulp.src, // for example if you are using del 2.0 or above, return its promise return del([ 'assets' ]); }


  • Define our tasks using plain functions
  • / function styles() { return gulp.src(paths.styles.src) .pipe(less()) .pipe(cleanCSS()) // pass in options to the stream .pipe(rename({
    basename: 'main',
    suffix: '.min'
    })) .pipe(gulp.dest(paths.styles.dest)); }

function scripts() { return gulp.src(paths.scripts.src, { sourcemaps: true }) .pipe(babel()) .pipe(uglify()) .pipe(concat('main.min.js')) .pipe(gulp.dest(paths.scripts.dest)); }

function watch() {, scripts);, styles); }


  • Specify if tasks run in series or parallel using gulp.series and gulp.parallel
  • / var build = gulp.series(clean, gulp.parallel(styles, scripts));


  • You can use CommonJS exports module notation to declare tasks
  • / exports.clean = clean; exports.styles = styles; exports.scripts = scripts; = watch; = build; /*
  • Define default task that can be called by just running gulp from cli
  • / exports.default = build;

Use latest JavaScript version in your gulpfile

Most new versions of node support most features that Babel provides, except the

syntax. When only that syntax is desired, rename to
, install the esm module, and skip the Babel portion below.

Node already supports a lot of ES2015+ features, but to avoid compatibility problems we suggest to install Babel and rename your

npm install --save-dev @babel/register @babel/core @babel/preset-env

Then create a .babelrc file with the preset configuration.

  "presets": [ "@babel/preset-env" ]

And here's the same sample from above written in ES2015+.

import gulp from 'gulp';
import less from 'gulp-less';
import babel from 'gulp-babel';
import concat from 'gulp-concat';
import uglify from 'gulp-uglify';
import rename from 'gulp-rename';
import cleanCSS from 'gulp-clean-css';
import del from 'del';

const paths = { styles: { src: 'src/styles/*/.less', dest: 'assets/styles/' }, scripts: { src: 'src/scripts/*/.js', dest: 'assets/scripts/' } };


  • For small tasks you can export arrow functions
  • / export const clean = () => del([ 'assets' ]);


  • You can also declare named functions and export them as tasks
  • / export function styles() { return gulp.src(paths.styles.src) .pipe(less()) .pipe(cleanCSS()) // pass in options to the stream .pipe(rename({
    basename: 'main',
    suffix: '.min'
    })) .pipe(gulp.dest(paths.styles.dest)); }

export function scripts() { return gulp.src(paths.scripts.src, { sourcemaps: true }) .pipe(babel()) .pipe(uglify()) .pipe(concat('main.min.js')) .pipe(gulp.dest(paths.scripts.dest)); }


  • You could even use export as to rename exported tasks
  • / function watchFiles() {, scripts);, styles); } export { watchFiles as watch };

const build = gulp.series(clean, gulp.parallel(styles, scripts)); /*

  • Export a default task
  • / export default build;

Incremental Builds

You can filter out unchanged files between runs of a task using the

option and
: ```js const paths = { ... images: { src: 'src/images/*/.{jpg,jpeg,png}', dest: 'build/img/' } }

function images() { return gulp.src(paths.images.src, {since: gulp.lastRun(images)}) .pipe(imagemin()) .pipe(gulp.dest(paths.images.dest)); }

function watch() {, images); } ``

Task run times are saved in memory and are lost when gulp exits. It will only
save time during the
task when running the
images` task for a second time.

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