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Runs a sequence of gulp tasks in the specified order. This function is designed to solve the situation where you have defined run-order, but choose not to or cannot use dependencies.

Please Note

This is intended to be a temporary solution until the release of gulp 4.0 which has support for defining task dependencies in series or in parallel.

Be aware that this solution is a hack, and may stop working with a future update to gulp.

Each argument to run-sequence is run in order. This works by listening to the task_stop and task_err events, and keeping track of which tasks have been completed. You can still run some of the tasks in parallel, by providing an array of task names for one or more of the arguments.

If the final argument is a function, it will be used as a callback after all the functions are either finished or an error has occurred.

Possible Breaking Change in version 1.0.0

In version 1.0 I've added a check that prevents the same task from showing up within any sequence. This is to help reduce typo errors, as well as prevent the silent exit bug when the same task occurred twice in a parallel sequence. The sequence will now fail immediately during the validation stage.

If this breaking change affects you, you'll need to take one of several actions:

  1. Remove duplicate tasks if they are a mistake.
  2. Filter unneeded duplicate tasks before passing them to run-sequence.
  3. Rewrite your tasks or wrap your tasks within functions that can be called multiple times if for some reason you rely on this functionality.
  4. Continue using run-sequence version 0.3.7 if it was working for you.

I welcome feedback if this change is a problem for your setup!


First, install run-sequence as a development dependency:

npm install --save-dev run-sequence

Then add use it in your gulpfile, like so (note these are only examples, please check the documentation for your functions for the correct way to use them):

var gulp = require('gulp');
var runSequence = require('run-sequence');
var del = require('del');
var fs = require('fs');
// This will run in this order: 
// * build-clean 
// * build-scripts and build-styles in parallel 
// * build-html 
// * Finally call the callback function 
gulp.task('build', function(callback) {
              ['build-scripts', 'build-styles'],
// configure build-clean, build-scripts, build-styles, build-html as you wish, 
// but make sure they either return a stream or promise, or handle the callback 
// Example: 
gulp.task('build-clean', function() {
    // Return the Promise from del() 
    return del([BUILD_DIRECTORY]);
//  ^^^^^^ 
//   This is the key here, to make sure asynchronous tasks are done! 
gulp.task('build-scripts', function() {
    // Return the stream from gulp 
    return gulp.src(SCRIPTS_SRC).pipe(...)...
//  ^^^^^^ 
//   This is the key here, to make sure tasks run to completion! 
gulp.task('callback-example', function(callback) {
    // Use the callback in the async function 
    fs.readFile('...', function(err, file) {
//      ^^^^^^^^^^ 
//       This is what lets gulp know this task is complete! 

Using within gulp submodules

If you have a complex gulp setup with your tasks split up across different files, you may get the error that run-sequence is unable to find your tasks. In this case, you can configure run-sequence to look at the gulp within the submodule, like so:

// submodule tasks/mygulptask.js 
var gulp = require('gulp'), // might be a different instance than the toplevel one 
    // this uses the gulp you provide 
    runSequence = require('run-sequence').use(gulp);
    // ...and then use normally 
    runSequence('subtask1', 'subtask2');


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