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Universal (isomorphic) boilerplate written in ES2015 for Node and the browser.

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A starter kit to get you up and running with a bunch of awesome new front-end technologies using Gulp, Babel, Webpack, Mocha, Sinon-chai, Isparta, and ESLint without any framework dependencies.


Node >= 5.


  • ES6 with Babel for ES6 and ES7
  • Webpack for bundling
  • Eslint to maintain a consistent code style
  • Gulp as build system
  • Universal Module Definition (UMD) API, which provides compatibility with the most popular script loaders, to the output.
  • Livereload to monitor your changes and update your browser instantly
  • Error message system
  • Notifications
  • Unit tests written with ES2015 get transpiled on the fly
  • Browser tests in the browser
  • Node >= 5.x

Babel >= 6.x design changes

If you migrate from Babel >= 5.x to Babel >= 6.x, your code will probably break because Babel now have killed the CommonJS default export behaviour.

As a workaround, replace export default { … } with module.exports = { … }

Getting Started

Just clone the repo and install the necessary node modules.

$ git clone gulps
$ cd gulps
$ npm install                   # Install Node modules listed in ./package.json
$ npm webpack                   # Build a non-minified version of the library


  • npm run packages - List installed packages
  • npm run package:purge - Remove all dependencies
  • npm run package:reinstall - Reinstall all dependencies
  • npm run package:check - shows a list over dependencies with a higher version number then the current one - if any
  • npm run package:upgrade - Automaticly upgrade all devDependencies & dependencies, and update package.json
  • npm run package:dev - Automaticly upgrade all devDependencies and update package.json
  • npm run package:prod - Automaticly upgrade all dependencies and update package.json

Gulp tasks

  • gulp dev - Build task that generate compiled script
  • gulp prod - Build task that generate a minified script for production
  • gulp clean - Remove the dist folder and it's files
  • gulp lint:source - Lint the source
  • gulp lint:test - Lint the unit tests
  • gulp test - Runs unit tests
  • gulp watch - Run all unit tests & watch files for changes
  • gulp coverage - Generates a coverage report
  • gulp browser - Let you run unit tests in your browser.
  • gulp gzip - Gzip the compiled script
  • gulp help - Lists all available gulp tasks from your gulpfile.

Unit tests

This project uses Mocha to run your unit tests. By default all units tests runs on the server side.

To add a unit test, simply create .js file inside the ~/test/specs folder, and Mocha and Chai will be available within your unit tests without the need to import them.

To run the tests in the project, just simply gulp test.

To keep watching the common test suites that you are working on, simply do gulp watch.

Browser tests

To run your unit tests in the browser, do gulp browser, and then open the ~/test/runner.html in your browser.


This library is set up to integrate with Isparta, and will automaticly publish your coverage report if you have created an account for your repo at You can also run gulp coverage to generate the coverage report in your CLI.


This boilerplate project uses ESLint and the Airbnb styleguide to lint your source. To change the rules, edit the .eslintrc file in the root directory, respectively.

Package management

Gulps has build-in some nice features to always make sure your dependency tree are up to date.

To check for the latest dependencies, simply run npm run package:check.

If you want to update your packages, you can simply do npm run package:upgrade.

Note! Your package.json will be automatically updated so make sure you have saved your changes before running this.

To reinstall all packages, do npm run package:reinstall, and to remove all packages npm run package:purge.


This boilerplate uses a pre-commit hook to ensure that your npm test (or other specified scripts) passes before you can commit your changes. This all conveniently configured in your package.json.


Each time you clone the repo, use:

npm install 


Is this boilerplate production ready?

Yes, for small applications. For a larger project, you'll need to customize the boilerplate after your own needs, but that is out of scope of this boilerplate.

What's the browser compatibility?

This transpiler works best in IE9+, but you can support IE8 by limiting yourself to a subset of ES2015 features.

How to set environment variables?

You can use Gulp for that. On the command line you can do gulp --env='prod. In the gulp taks, you can use gulp-utils: .pipe(gutil.env.env === 'prod' ? minifySomething() : gutil.noop())


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