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grunt-iisexpress

0.4.0 • Public • Published

grunt-iisexpress

Start an IIS Express process.

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.1

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-iisexpress --save-dev

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

grunt.loadNpmTasks('grunt-iisexpress');

iisexpress task

Overview

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

grunt.initConfig({
    iisexpress: {
        server: {
            options: {
                port: 3000
            }
        }
    }
});

Options

options.cmd

Type: String
Default value: c:/program files/iis express/iisexpress.exe

A string value that specifies the location of the IIS Express executable.

options.keepalive

Type: Boolean
Default value: false

Keep the server alive until Grunt is terminated (via ctrl+c for example). Note that if this option is enabled, any tasks specified after this task will never run. By default, once Grunt tasks have completed, the web server stops. This option changes that behavior.

This option can also be enabled ad-hoc by running the task like grunt iisexpress:targetname:keepalive.

options.killOnExit

Type: Boolean
Default value: true

Kills IIS Express process after Grunt tasks have completed. Enabled by default. If you want to keep IIS Express server running after Grunt tasks have completed, set to false.

options.killOn

Type: String
Default value: ''

A string value that is used to determine when the IIS Express process should be killed. By default IIS Express process will be killed when Grunt exits (if not disabled by killOnExit option set to false). Here you can specify the name of an event to trigger IIS Express process kill when you need it.

options.open

Type: Boolean
Default value: false

If set to true, requested URL will be opened in the browser after IIS Express server is started. Entire URL to open can be specified using openUrl option or it will be 'http://localhost:{port}{openPath}', where port and openPath are another options. By default is false.

options.openPath

Type: String
Default value: '/'

The path part of the URL to be opened in the browser. Will not work without open option set to true.

options.openUrl

Type: String
Default value: null

The URL to be opened in the browser after IIS Express server is started. Will not work without open option set to true.

options.verbose

Type: Boolean
Default value: false

Enable verbose output, both for Grunt task and IIS Express. Disabled by default.

IIS Express Options

Refer to the IIS Express command line documentation for the following options.

options.path

Type: String
Default value: require('path').resolve('.')

The full physical path of the application to run. You cannot combine this option with the config and related options.

options.port

Type: Integer
Default value: 8080

The port to which the application will bind. The default value is 8080. You must also specify the path option.

options.clr

Type: String
Default value: v4.0

The .NET Framework version (e.g. v2.0) to use to run the application. The default value is v4.0. You must also specify the path option.

options.config

Type: String
Default value: null

The full path to the applicationhost.config file. The default value is the IISExpress8\config\applicationhost.config file that is located in the user's Documents folder.

options.site

Type: String
Default value: null

The name of the site to launch, as described in the applicationhost.config file.

options.siteid

Type: String
Default value: null

The ID of the site to launch, as described in the applicationhost.config file.

options.systray

Type: Boolean
Default value: true

Enables or disables the system tray application. The default value is true.

options.trace

Type: String
Default value: null

Valid values are info or i, warning or w, error or e.

Usage Examples

Basic Use

In this example, grunt iisexpress will start an IIS Express server at http://localhost:8000/, with its base path set to the root directory relative to the gruntfile, and any tasks run afterwards will be able to access it.

grunt.initConfig({
    iisexpress: {
        server: {
            options: {
                port: 8000
            }
        }
    }
});

If you want your web server to use the default options, just omit the options object. You still need to specify a target (uses_defaults in this example), but the target's configuration object can otherwise be empty or nonexistent. In this example, grunt iisexpress will start a web server using the default options.

grunt.initConfig({
    iisexpress: {
        uses_defaults: {}
    }
});

Killing IIS Express

By default IIS Express process will be killed when Grunt exits (if not disabled by killOnExit option set to false). You can also specify the name of an event to trigger IIS Express process kill when you need it.

You may be able to listen to an event emitted by another Grunt plugin that you are using. For example, to kill IIS Express after running grunt-contrib-qunit tests:

grunt.initConfig({
    iisexpress: {
        server: {
            options: {
                port: 8000,
                killOn: 'qunit.done'
            }
        }
    },
    qunit: {
        test: {
            options: {
                urls: ['http://localhost:8000/test/foo.html']
            }
        }
    }
});
 

If there is not an event available for you to use, you can register a small custom task with Grunt:

grunt.initConfig({
    iisexpress: {
        server: {
            killOn: 'mytasks.done'
        }
    }
});
 
grunt.registerTask('iisexpress-killer', function(){
    grunt.event.emit('mytasks.done');
});
 
grunt.registerTask('default', ['iisexpress', 'iisexpress-killer']);

Contributing

In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.

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