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Gulp.js command execution for humans.

As opposed to similar plugins or to child_process.exec(), this uses execa which provides:

gulp-execa adds Gulp-specific features to execa including:

Commands can be executed either directly or inside a files stream. In streaming mode, unlike other libraries:



const { src, dest } = require('gulp')
const { task, exec, stream } = require('gulp-execa')

module.exports.audit = task('npm audit')

module.exports.outdated = async () => {
  await exec('npm outdated')

module.exports.sort = () =>
    .pipe(stream(({ path }) => `sort ${path}`))


You can try this library:


npm install -D gulp-execa

This plugin requires Gulp 4.


task(command, [options])

Returns a Gulp task that executes command.
Full documentation.

exec(command, [options])

Executes command. The return value is both a promise and a child_process instance.
Full documentation.

stream(function, [options])

Returns a stream that executes a command on each input file. function must take a file as argument and return a command.

Each file in the stream will spawn a separate process. This can consume lots of resources so you should only use this method when there are no alternatives.

Full documentation.


By default no shell interpreter (like Bash or cmd.exe) is used. This means command must be just the program and its arguments. No escaping/quoting is needed, except for significant spaces (with a backslash).

Shell features such as globbing, variables and operators (like && > ;) should not be used. All of this can be done directly in Node.js instead.

Shell interpreters are slower, less secure and less cross-platform. However, you can still opt-in to using them with the shell option.

const { writeFileStream } = require('fs')

const { series } = require('gulp')

// Wrong
module.exports.check = task('npm audit && npm outdated')

// Correct
module.exports.check = series(task('npm audit'), task('npm outdated'))

// Wrong
module.exports.install = task('npm install > log.txt')

// Correct
module.exports.install = task('npm install', {
  stdout: writeFileStream('log.txt'),


options is an optional object.

All options from both child_process.spawn() and child_process.exec() are available: cwd, env, argv0, stdio, detached, uid, gid, shell, encoding, timeout, maxBuffer, killSignal, windowsVerbatimArguments, windowsHide.

All execa options can also be used: cleanup, preferLocal, localDir, buffer, input, stdin, stdout, stderr, reject, stripFinalNewline, extendEnv.

The following options are available as well.


Type: boolean
Default: true for task() and exec(), false for stream().

Whether the command should be printed on the console.
Full documentation.


Type: boolean
Default: true for task() and exec(), false for stream().

Whether both the command and its output (stdout/stderr) should be printed on the console instead of being returned in JavaScript.
Full documentation.


Type: string
Value: 'replace' or 'save'
Default: 'replace'

With stream(), whether the command result should:

  • replace the file's contents
  • save: be pushed to the file.execa array property

Full documentation.


Type: string
Value: 'stdout', 'stderr' or 'all'
Default: 'stdout'

Which output stream to use with result: 'replace'.
Full documentation.


Type: integer
Default: 100

With stream(), how many commands to run in parallel at once.

See also


If you found a bug or would like a new feature, don't hesitate to submit an issue on GitHub.

For other questions, feel free to chat with us on Gitter.

Everyone is welcome regardless of personal background. We enforce a Code of conduct in order to promote a positive and inclusive environment.


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