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gulp CLI docs


gulp has very few flags to know about. All other flags are for tasks to use if needed.

  • -v or --version will display the global and local gulp versions
  • --require <module path> will require a module before running the gulpfile. This is useful for transpilers but also has other applications. You can use multiple --require flags
  • --gulpfile <gulpfile path> will manually set path of gulpfile. Useful if you have multiple gulpfiles. This will set the CWD to the gulpfile directory as well
  • --cwd <dir path> will manually set the CWD. The search for the gulpfile, as well as the relativity of all requires will be from here
  • -T or --tasks will display the task dependency tree for the loaded gulpfile. It will include the task names and their description.
  • --tasks-simple will display a plaintext list of tasks for the loaded gulpfile
  • --verify will verify plugins referenced in project's package.json against the plugins blacklist
  • --color will force gulp and gulp plugins to display colors even when no color support is detected
  • --no-color will force gulp and gulp plugins to not display colors even when color support is detected
  • --silent will disable all gulp logging

The CLI adds process.env.INIT_CWD which is the original cwd it was launched from.

Task specific flags

Refer to this StackOverflow link for how to add task specific flags


Tasks can be executed by running gulp <task> <task>....

If more than one task is listed, Gulp will execute all of them
concurrently, that is, as if they had all been listed as dependencies of
a single task.

Gulp does not serialize tasks listed on the command line. From using
other comparable tools users may expect to execute something like
gulp clean build, with tasks named clean and build. This will not
produce the intended result, as the two tasks will be executed

Just running gulp will execute the task default. If there is no
default task, gulp will error.


You can find a list of supported languages at interpret. If you would like to add support for a new language send pull request/open issues there.


Example gulpfile

gulp.task('one', function(done) {

// do stuff
done(); }); gulp.task('two', function(done) {
// do stuff
done(); }); gulp.task('three', three); function three(done) {
done(); } three.description = "This is the description of task three"; gulp.task('four', gulp.series('one', 'two')); gulp.task('five',
gulp.parallel('three', function(done) {
// do more stuff
) );

-T or --tasks

Command: gulp -T or gulp --tasks


[20:58:55] Tasks for ~\exampleProject\gulpfile.js
[20:58:55] ├── one
[20:58:55] ├── two
[20:58:55] ├── three                                         This is the description of task three
[20:58:55] ├─┬ four
[20:58:55] │ └─┬ <series>
[20:58:55] │   ├── one
[20:58:55] │   └── two
[20:58:55] ├─┬ five
[20:58:55] │ └─┬ <series>
[20:58:55] │   ├─┬ four
[20:58:55] │   │ └─┬ <series>
[20:58:55] │   │   ├── one
[20:58:55] │   │   └── two
[20:58:55] │   └─┬ <parallel>
[20:58:55] │     ├── three
[20:58:55] │     └── <anonymous>


Command: gulp --tasks-simple



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