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Run node-gyp commands from Grunt.

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt v1 or v0.4

If you haven’t used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you’re familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

$ npm install grunt-node-gyp --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


For node-gyp to work you’ll have to install all necessary build tools for your platform, see node-gyp’s for that matter. However, you do not have to install node-gyp globally as it is already included with grunt-node-gyp.

The “gyp” task


In your project’s Gruntfile, add a section named gyp to the data object passed into grunt.initConfig().

  gyp: {
    options: {
      // Task-specific options go here.
    your_target: {
      // Target-specific file lists and/or options go here.



Type: String Default value: rebuild

Specify node-gyp command to execute.

Supported values are configure, build, clean and rebuild. See node-gyp’s for command descriptions.


Type: Boolean Default value: false

Create a debug build.


Type: String Default value: Your processor’s architecture

Set the target architecture: ia32, x64 or arm.

Usage Examples

Default Options

This would be equivalent to node-gyp rebuild.

$ grunt gyp:addon
  gyp: {
    addon: {}

Configure a debug build

This would be equivalent to node-gyp configure --debug.

$ grunt gyp:customTarget
  gyp: {
    customTarget: {
      command: 'configure',
      options: {
        debug: true

Build an ARM build

This would be equivalent to node-gyp build --arch=arm.

$ grunt gyp:arm
  gyp: {
    arm: {
      command: 'build',
      options: {
        arch: 'arm'

Running tests

First, install all dependencies:

$ npm install

Then run the tests:

$ grunt test

Testing might take a while as compiling takes time. You may need to install the node development header files before by executing:

$ ./node_modules/.bin/node-gyp install

Release History

This project follows Semantic Versioning 2.

  • v4.0.0 (2017-07-03):
    • Fix SDK being downloaded to the local directory since node-gyp v3.5
    • Drop support for Node.js versions older than v4
  • v3.1.0 (2016-06-19): Add support for Grunt v1
  • v3.0.0 (2015-09-08): Update node-gyp to v3
  • v2.0.0 (2015-05-25): Update node-gyp to v2
  • v1.0.0 (2015-02-14): Pass node-gyp’s error to Grunt to make error messages more clear
  • v0.5.0 (2014-12-02): Add arch option
  • v0.4.1 (2014-08-25): Fix rebuild not stopping execution if one of the commands has failed
  • v0.4.0 (2014-07-01): Update node-gyp to v1.x
  • v0.3.0 (2014-03-05): Update node-gyp to v0.13.x
  • v0.2.1 (2014-02-21): Hotfix because v0.2.0 didn’t include the main task file gyp.js
  • v0.2.0 (2013-11-21): Update node-gyp to v0.12.x
  • v0.1.0 (2013-08-25): Initial release


grunt-node-gyp itself is licensed under the BSD 2-clause license, subject to additional terms. See LICENSE for the full license.