How to Install Gulp.js on CentOS 8

Gulp is a free, open-source, and cross-platform JavaScript toolkit that allows you to automate many development tasks. It is a task runner built on Node.js and npm and used for automating many time-consuming tasks such as minification, concatenation, cache busting, unit testing, linting, optimization, etc. Gulp plugins are simple and designed to do a single job.

In this post, we will show you how to install Gulp on CentOS 8.

Prerequisites

  • A server running CentOS 8.
  • A root password is configured on the server.

Install Node.js

Gulp requires a Node.js package to be installed in your system.

First, install the Curl with the following command:

dnf install curl -y

Next, add the Node source repository with the following command:

curl -sL https://rpm.nodesource.com/setup_16.x | bash -

Next, install the Node.js using the following command:

dnf install nodejs -y

Once the Node.js is installed, verify the installed version of Node.js with the following command:

node -v

You should see the following output:

v16.6.1

You can also verify the NPM version with the following command:

npm -v

You should see the following output:

7.20.3

Install Gulp CLI

First, you will need to install the Gulp CLI tool in your system. Gulp CLI is a tool used to manage the Gulp application.

You can install it using the NPM command as shown below:

npm install -g gulp-cli

Once the Gulp CLI is installed, you can proceed to the next step.

Install Gulp.js

First, create an application directory with the following command:

mkdir myapp

Next, change the directory to myapp and create a new application with the following command:

cd myapp npm init

You will be asked to provide your application information as shown below:

package name: (myapp) 
version: (1.0.0) 
description: My app
entry point: (index.js) 
test command: "echo "My app" $$ exit 1"
git repository: 
keywords: 
author: hitesh
license: (ISC) 
About to write to /root/myapp/package.json:

{
  "name": "myapp",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "My app",
  "main": "index.js",
  "scripts": {
    "test": "\"echo \"My app\" $$ exit 1\""
  },
  "author": "hitesh",
  "license": "ISC"
}


Is this OK? (yes) yes

Next, add the Gulp module to your application with the following command:

npm install --save-dev gulp

Next, verify the Gulp version with the following command:

gulp --version

You should see the following output:

CLI version: 2.3.0
Local version: 4.0.2

Create an Application with Gulp.js

In this section, we will create a simple Gulp.js application.

First, change the directory to myapp and create a gulpfile.js with the following command:

cd myapp
nano gulpfile.js

Add the following code:

var gulp = require('gulp');

gulp.task('hello', function(done) {
  console.log('My First Gulp App!!!');
  done();
});

Save the file when you are finished then run the Gulp task using the following command:

gulp hello

You should get the following output:

[05:07:52] Using gulpfile ~/myapp/gulpfile.js
[05:07:52] Starting 'hello'...
My First Gulp App!!!
[05:07:52] Finished 'hello' after 4.81 ms

Conclusion

in the above guide, we explained how to install Gulp.js on a CentOS 8 system. You can now start creating your first application using Gulp.js. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions.

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