My gulp file and how I initalize a (game) project.

August 21st, 2018

Here is my current gulpfile, built to compile down to ES5, minify, and inline all files into a single HTML file.

This shouldn't be used forall projects, but I feel like going through the process might help some people who are confused with the gulp process.

Gulp is an automator for node.js. It runs scripts on command to move/edit/change/minify code.

This workflow assumes you have the following installed:

  • Node.js - A javascript runtime
  • yarn - A package manager

Create a folder for your project and then run the following commands in order:

# Initialize a project
yarn init

# Babel and Javascript compiling 
yarn add -D babel-core babel-preset-env  

# Sass and CSS compiling
yarn add -D  gulp-autoprefixer gulp-minify-css gulp-sass

# Minification
yarn add -D gulp-htmlmin gulp-inline gulp-uglify run-sequence

This initializes a project and adds the following development dependencies to your project:

  • babel-core - Compile modern javascript for browsers that don't support it yet
  • babel-preset-env - Environment presets for babel.
  • gulp - The task runner
  • gulp-autoprefixer - Auto prefix CSS files.
  • gulp-htmlmin - Minify HTML files
  • gulp-inline - Inline <script> and <style> tags in the HTML file
  • gulp-minify-css - Minify CSS files
  • gulp-sass - Compile .scss (sass) files
  • gulp-uglify - Minify JS files
  • run-sequence - Run commands in sequence

Next, we're going to create a file named gulpfile.js at the root of our project, and require the packages we installed in the previous step:

var gulp = require('gulp')
var sass = require('gulp-sass')
var autoprefixer = require('gulp-autoprefixer')
var inline = require('gulp-inline')
var uglify = require('gulp-uglify')
var minifyCss = require('gulp-minify-css')
var htmlmin = require('gulp-htmlmin')
var runSequence = require('run-sequence')
var babel = require('gulp-babel')

Under these lines, we will write gulp tasks, which take the following format:

gulp.task('hi', function () {
  console.log('hello world');

The cove above will print out 'hello world' to your terminal if you run the command gulp hi in your project folder.

Here are my gulp tasks that I have set up in my gulpfile:


gulp.task('babel', function () {
  return gulp.src('src/*.js')

This command takes all javascript files in the src/ folder, uses babel to compile it, then spits out the output to src/compiled


var autoprefixerOptions = {
  browsers: ['last 2 versions', '> 5%', 'Firefox ESR']

gulp.task('sass', function () {
  return gulp.src('src/**.scss')
      outputStyle: 'nested'
    }).on('error', sass.logError))

This takes every file in my src/ folder that ends with .scss, runs sass on it in a nested style, runs autoprefixer on it, then spits out the output to src/compiled


gulp.task('inline', function () {
  return gulp.src('src/index.html')
    base: '/src',
    js: uglify,
    css: minifyCss,
    disabledTypes: ['svg', 'img'],
    ignore: []
    collapseWhitespace: true,
    removeComments: false,
    minifyCSS: true,
    minifyJS: true

This takes the HTML file located in src/index.html, inlines all <script> and <style> tags, minifies CSS/javascript, then minifies the .html file itself. The final file will be available at dist/index.html