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    React Component Tools

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    Common Gulp tasks I use across my React Component projects. Base on react-component-gulp-tasks

    This package provides common gulp tasks for building react components with:

    • Webpack for transforming ES2015+/JSX and creating distribution builds
    • Hot reload for automatic, efficient rebundling on file changes
    • Connect for serving examples during development, with live-reload integration
    • SASS/LESS/PostCSS/stylus... stylesheets for examples
    • Publishing examples to Github Pages
    • Publishing packages to npm and bower

    You control the settings for the tasks by providing a config object, as described below.

    Project setup

    The tasks assume you are following the following conventions for your project:

    • Package source has a single entry point in a source folder
    • The package will be published to both npm and bower
    • A transpiled version will be published to a lib folder (for Node.js, Browserify and Webpack)
    • A standalone package will be published to a dist folder (for Bower)
    • Examples consist of
      • Static file(s) (e.g. html, images, etc)
      • One or more stylesheets to be generated with SASS/LESS/PostCSS/stylus...
      • One or more scripts to be bundled with Webpack
    • Examples will be packaged into an examples dist folder, and published to github pages

    Example project structure

    sass // or less
      // contains transpiled source
      // contains packaged component
        // contains built examples

    For a complete example see react-component-starter


    npm install --save-dev gulp react-component-tools

    In your gulpfile, call this package with your gulp instance and config. It will add the tasks to gulp for you. You can also add your own tasks if you want.

    var gulp = require('gulp');
    var initGulpTasks = require('react-component-tools');
    var taskConfig = require('./config');
    initGulpTasks(gulp, taskConfig);

    Task Config

    You can customise the tasks to match your project structure by changing the config.

    Required config keys are:


    • component.entry - the path of source (entry) file for the component
    • - controls the standalone module name
    • component.dist - the directory to build the distribution to
    • component.pkgName - the name of the package that will be exported by the component (must match the name of your package on npm)
    • component.dependencies{} - webpack externals, array of common dependencies that will be excluded from the build
    • component.less - the entrypoint for the component stylesheet, if you're using less to provide one
    • component.sass - the entrypoint for the component stylesheet, if you're using sass to provide one


    • example.src - the directory to load the source files from
    • example.dist - the directory to build the distribution to
    • example.entry{} - scripts will be transpiled with babel and bundled by webpack
    • example.files[] - files will be copied as-is into the example.dist folder
    • example.port - port to serve examples on, defaults to 8888


    • alias{} - webpack alias


    var gulp = require('gulp');
    var initGulpTasks = require('react-component-tools');
    var taskConfig = {
      component: {
        name: 'MyComponent',
        dependencies: {
          classnames: 'classnames',
          react: {
            root: 'React',
            commonjs2: 'react',
            commonjs: 'react',
            amd: 'react'
        sass: './scss/my-component.scss' // or `less: 'less/my-component.less'` 
      example: {
        dist: './examples/dist',
        entry: './examples/src/app.js',
        html: './examples/src/index.html',
        files: [
    initGulpTasks(gulp, taskConfig);

    Gulp Tasks

    • dev
      • gulp dev
    • lib
      • gulp build:lib
      • gulp watch:lib
    • dist
      • gulp build:dist
    • examples
      • gulp build:examples
      • gulp watch:examples
    • build
      • gulp build
    • bump
      • gulp bump
      • gulp bump:minor
      • gulp bump:major
    • release
      • gulp publish:tag
      • gulp publish:npm
      • gulp publish:cnpm
      • gulp publish:examples publish to gh-pages
      • gulp release


    I wrote this package because maintaining my build process across multiple packages became a repetitive chore with large margin for error.

    Although its quite opinionated, hopefully it will be a useful resource for other package authors. It's got all the nice things I found to component development easy and fun, like a lightning-quick rebuild process with gulp-reload, consolidated publishing, and automated deployment to github pages.

    Please let me know if you think anything could be done better or you'd like to see a feature added. Issues and PR's welcome.


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