Everything awesome for using npm as a build tool.
You might also like awesome-npm.
Notice: I'm currently too busy to actively expand this list; therefore, I've decided to make this an OPEN Open Source Project. Individuals making significant and valuable contributions are given commit-access to the project to contribute as they see fit.
- Task Runners
- File Watchers
- Dev Servers
- Cross-platform Utilities
- Other Utilities
- Cross-platform Shell Reference
- Why we should stop using Grunt & Gulp - Blog post by Keith Cirkel.
- How to Use npm as a Build Tool - Sequel to Why we should stop using Grunt & Gulp.
- Why I Left Gulp and Grunt for npm Scripts - Article by Cory House.
- Helpers and tips for npm run scripts - Blog post by Michael Kühnel covering advanced topics.
- Advanced front-end automation with npm scripts - Talk at Nordic.js 2015 by Kate Hudson.
- How to create a build system with npm scripts - Video tutorial series on setting up a front-end build system.
Tools for running multiple commands or npm scripts in parallel or sequentially.
- script-runner - Simple task runner with a terse syntax.
- npm-run-all - Fully featured task runner.
- redrun - Expand scripts from package.json to improve execution speed.
Tools to watch your source files and run a build command whenever any of the files change.
- http-server - Simple zero-configuration command-line http server.
- live-server - Simple development http server with live reload capability.
Utilities to perform common command-line tasks without worrying about cross-platform compatibility.
- rimraf - Delete files or directories; like
- del-cli - Safer file and folder deletion.
- mkdirp - Create a directory, creating parent directories if needed; like
- cpr -
cp -rfor Node.js.
- cpy-cli - File/directory copying/renaming.
- copyfiles - Copy a list of files into a directory.
- sync-files -
rsync-like directory syncing with watch mode.
- echo-cli - Cross-platform
echowith JS escape sequence support.
- clear-cli - Clear the terminal.
- cross-env - Set environment variables for scripts, unix-style.
- cross-os - Run platform-specific npm scripts.
- ntee - Utility that reads from standard input and writes to standard output and files; like Unix
- catw - Print a file to stdout, with optional watch mode; sorta like Unix
- shx - Collection of common Unix utilities implemented in Node.js; example usage:
shx rm somefile.
- hashmark - Take contents of a file and output as new file with a hash in the name.
- gzip-size-cli - Get the gzipped size of a file or stdin.
- opn-cli - Open websites, files, executables, etc. with the user's preferred application.
- headr - Add header / banner info to a file.
- Bower files CLI - Get main bower files on the command line.
- cli-error-notifier - Send native desktop notifications when npm scripts fail.
- screwy - The npm scripts GUI.
- Forrest - npm scripts desktop client.
- run-npm - Run locally-installed node module executables. Useful for debugging npm scripts.
- npm-quick-run - Quickly run npm scripts by prefix without typing the full name.
- edit-script - Edit npm scripts from the command line without worrying about JSON escaping.
- ntl - Interactive cli menu to list and run npm scripts.
Cross-platform Shell Reference
A quick reference of the shell operators & commands that work the same on Unix and Windows.
&&to run commands in sequence. If a command fails, the script exits.
|to pipe the stdout of one command into the stdin of the next. (
do-something | something else)
>to write the stdout of a command to a file. (
do-something > file)
<to send the contents of a file to a command's stdin. (
command < file)
cd <dir>to change the current working directory to
<dir>. Note that
cdalone prints the current working directory on windows, but changes the working directory to
npm run Reference
You can use
npm run-script or
npm run; they both do the same thing, but
npm run is shorter.
- Run just
npm runto print a list of scripts.
npm run script(where
scriptis the name of your script) will run
postscript; in that order.
- You can't nest
- You can't nest
- You can pass arguments to your scripts by passing
npm run, followed by the arguments. Example: Given the script
"mocha": "mocha", you can run
npm run mocha -- --reporter xunit. This effectively runs
mocha --reporter xunit.
npm testis the same as running
npm run test. The same applies to
- You can run
npm run <script> -sto silence the default npm output (useful for calling a script within another script).