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Play a WAV file when gulp crashes.

Errors in gulp tasks tend to crash it. You then spend a few minutes trying to figure out what's gone wrong only to find that gulp crashed and you didn't notice.

Use this plugin to play a sound when gulp crashes so you know you need to fix something.

This plugin can also be used with gulp-plumber.

This plugin is a trimmed down version of gulp-crash-sound by Zac Barton that does not use lame and MP3.


$ npm install -g gulp-crash-wav-sound


The following examples show you 3 ways to use gulp-crash-wav-sound.

1. Just include and use defaults.

var gCrashSound = require('gulp-crash-wav-sound');
gulp.task('build', function() {
// if gulp crashes (for any task) a sound will be played

2. Play a sound in your error handler.

var gCrashSound = require('gulp-crash-wav-sound');
function yourOnErrorFunction(err) {;
    // handle error
// somewhere in gupfile.js
.on('error', yourOnErrorFunction)

3. Wrap gulp-plumber.

var gCrashSound = require('gulp-crash-wav-sound');
// somewhere in gupfile.js
  errorHandler: gCrashSound.plumb(yourOnErrorFunction)
  // if gulp crashes a sound is played before calling your error function


The default sound is a 'gulp' but you can use any WAV (drm free).

var gCrashSound = require('gulp-crash-wav-sound');
    file: '/path/to/your/wav/'
    , duration: 3 // 3 seconds. can be null (or not set) to play full length which is the default


  • Linux: aplay
  • OSX: afplay

Known Issues

  • No Windows support