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npm install -g guh
guh new

# cd into your new project and 'npm install', then 'guh build'
# use 'npm start' to run the app!

A template project and generator for full-stack TypeScript and Sass (SCSS) projects.

guh has the following goals:

  • Flexible configuration
  • Intuitive organization
  • Isolated builds
  • Automated deployments

These goals are accomplished with the following technologies:

  • TypeScript
  • Browserify
  • Sass (libsass)
  • PostCSS
  • Gulp
  • Docker (production)

Sass compiled via guh has globbing and single-import capability via PostCSS plugins.

See CHANGES for a complete changelog.


  • node >=5.0

Generator CLI

Run guh new (like GNU) to generate a new guh-enabled project. A wizard will guide you through your setup.


Upgrading the guh-core package should be safe within SemVer bounds. Configurations will stay valid across minor version upgrades, but are not guaranteed across major version changes.


The build system can be run in its default configuration with guh build (or gulp). This loads the default preset defined in the configuration.

Flags can be set with the following syntax:

  • --flag: enable
  • --flag=yes, --flag=true: enable
  • --flag=no, --flag=false: disable


flag default function
watch no Watch the filesystem for changes
sourcemaps yes Build sourcemaps for client code
minify no Minify client code
notify no Notify on build completion
browsersync no Run client via Browsersync
once no Turns off Browserync and file watching if set.
dry no Turns off output to the filesystem.

Default values are used if the configuration does not specify a value and value was given on the CLI.


parameter function
--out=PATH Outputs result into PATH
--preset=PRESET Sets build preset to PRESET
--only=MODULE[,MODULE2,...] Build only these modules
--except=MODULE[,MODULE2,...] Don't build these modules
--gray=MODULE[,MODULE2,...] Build these modules even if disabled


Presets set default values for many of these flags and parameters.


key value
out ./debug
watch yes
sourcemaps yes
minify no
browsersync yes


key value
out ./production
watch no
sourcemaps no
minify yes
browsersync yes

The default production preset also adds an extra pipeline, copying package.json and Dockerfile to the build directory.


To build a production build:

guh build --preset=production

To build just stylesheets once in debug mode:

guh build --watch=no --only=stylesheets

To build a debug build without sourcemaps, but with minification to ./derp, try

guh build --sourcemaps=no --minify --out=derp


In debug mode (the default), the output is contained in debug. In production mode, it can be found in production.


The primary configuration is located inside build.conf.js. guh will also load build.user.conf.js if it exists, which will take precedence over the primary configuration.

It's recommended that the user config file stays out of version control. It should be based on the following code to patch the primary config:

"use strict";

let conf = require("./build.conf");

// modify conf

module.exports = conf;

Top-Level Configuration

The configuration object has a number of fields that affect compilation globally.

key value
browsersync A configuration object passed directly to Browsersync. Omit the object to turn off Browsersync.
preset The default preset name to use.
presets A hashmap of defined presets.
pipelines The list of pipelines to apply when building.


All pipelines are plain JS objects with some specific keys.

Every pipeline may specify these keys:

key value
type (required) The type of pipeline to use.
id An optional unique ID for this pipeline. Duplicates are removed.
tags A list of tags to group this pipeline with others.
name A friendly name for the pipeline.
input (required) This pipeline's input files.
output This pipeline's output location.
dry Set to true to disable writing to the filesystem.
disabled Whether this pipeline is turned off by default. Defaults to false.
config Extra parameters specific to the pipeline.
callback A callback to call when a file finishes building. Parameters are (pipeline, filePath, fileContents)
watchPaths A list of glob-enabled paths to watch for file changes. Works on all pipeline types except browser (guh-core 1.5.0+)

By specifying the same id in two pipelines, values can be overridden in more specific contexts. Defining a pipeline with id of "test" in the base configuration, then defining another pipeline with the same id in a preset will allow the preset to override values.

For example:

	presets: {
		production: {
			out: "production",
			pipelines: [
					id: "test",
					disabled: true
	pipelines: [
			id: "test",
			name: "Test the Things!",
			type: "static",
			input: "src",
			output: ""

Here, when running in most any preset, the test pipeline will copy some files around. When the production preset is activated, the pipeline will be disabled.

type server

The server pipeline compiles TypeScript files recursively, targeted at server environments.

key value
extraEntries Extra entries to pass to the TS compiler, usually typings (.d.ts) files
typingsOutput The output directory for typings files. Not outputted if omitted.
typingsOutputType The type of typings to output. "ambient" bundles into a single file, "module" creates typings suitable for bundling in an npm module. Defaults to ambient.
moduleName The name of the module to export from the typings files. Only used in "ambient" typings output.
moduleEntryPoint The file marked as the entry point of the module. Only used in "ambient" typings output.

The config parameter is an object with the following keys:

key value
typescript Passed directly to TypeScript
partialRebuild Whether to rebuild only changed files. Faster, but may miss some errors.

type browser

The browser pipeline compiles an entry point TypeScript file and its dependencies into a Browserify bundle.

key value
extraEntries Extra entries to pass to the TS compiler, usually typings (.d.ts) files

The config parameter is an object with the following keys:

key value
typescript Passed directly to gulp-typescript
browserify Passed directly to Browserify

type styles

The styles pipeline compiles an entry point Sass file into a single CSS bundle.

The config parameter is an object with the following keys:

key value
sass Passed directly to node-sass
sassyImport Passed directly to postcss-sassy-import
autoprefixer Passed directly to autoprefixer
stylelint Passed directly to stylelint

type static

The static pipeline copies files as-is and applies no changes to them.

key value
rename Rename the output to this file name. Only works if the input is a single file.


guh is available under the MIT license. See LICENSE for more details.