gulp VS grunt

Compare gulp vs grunt and see what are their differences.

gulp

A toolkit to automate & enhance your workflow (by gulpjs)

grunt

Grunt: The JavaScript Task Runner (by gruntjs)
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gulp grunt
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0.0 5.8
3 months ago about 2 months ago
JavaScript JavaScript
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gulp

Posts with mentions or reviews of gulp. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-20.
  • v
    7 projects | reddit.com/r/test_lab | 20 May 2022
    [Gulp]:
  • console.log to stdout on gulp events
    1 project | reddit.com/r/codehunter | 14 Apr 2022
    I want to log to stdout (the config environment) when a gulp task is running or has run.
  • Supercharge your CSS with Tailwind
    5 projects | dev.to | 4 Apr 2022
    With the pre-processors, you can shrink your CSS and increase reuse through variables. In almost all working cases, it will be an improvement above vanilla CSS. There are also implementations now, via PostCSS, that add vendor prefixes for you. The major drawback is, of course, that you have to compile your CSS beforehand; usually done via part of your tooling such as Grunt or Gulp.
  • How to replace webpack & babel with Vite on a legacy React Typescript project
    11 projects | dev.to | 25 Mar 2022
    As far as build tools go I remember how popular Grunt was when it was first released, then it was Gulp, and Babel came along to help you add new us features and get them working on older browsers.
  • Is there any tools that loop through all (html, css, js) files in a folder and minify them?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/webdev | 22 Mar 2022
    Gulp
  • After installation of Gulp: “no command 'gulp' found”
    1 project | reddit.com/r/codehunter | 16 Mar 2022
    After installing gulp.js via npm, I receive a no command 'gulp' found error when running the gulp command from the same directory it was installed into.
  • Separate CSS sheets for each page?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/Frontend | 8 Feb 2022
    Support this, highly recommend learning SASS https://sass-lang.com/ once you master that checkout Gulp, https://gulpjs.com/ then use them together,
  • Password Protect Static Sites with PageCrypt
    9 projects | dev.to | 2 Feb 2022
    One potential concern with PageCrypt is that it only encrypts an HTML file by default. If you want to encrypt your CSS and JavaScript files, you’ll have to inline them in the HTML file. The same applies to images and any other binary assets; you’ll have to inline them as Data URIs. As with any authentication and authorization solution, you’ll want to determine what’s acceptable for your security requirements. Maybe you’re comfortable with the risk of images leaking but have higher security requirements for your JavaScript. In that case, the HTML page can link to the image files but should contain all your JavaScript. You can use many static site build tools to automate inlining assets in HTML. Webpack, Gulp, or Grunt are just a few that might be useful.
  • State of the Web: Bundlers & Build Tools
    17 projects | dev.to | 23 Jan 2022
    While Browserify was great at bundling scripts together, it was not quite as good at transforming code. Let's say you wanted to compile your CoffeeScript code to JavaScript. You can do this with plain Browserify. However, it is unwieldy and relatively inflexible. To fix this, a new group of tools for the web where born, which focused on running code transforms. These are usually called task runners, and the most popular ones are Grunt and Gulp. Grunt was the first task manager, first released in January of 2012. It allowed for more flexible code transforms when using bundlers like Browserify or without a bundler. However, there were still problems with Grunt, which were solved by Gulp. Gulp is faster, as it uses Node streams instead of temporary files and runs tasks in parallel, as well as allowing for people to use a script instead of a JSON configuration file. This was still not perfect, though, because it was annoying to use two separate tools. This was fixed by Webpack
  • Daily thread
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/shamelessplug | 27 Dec 2021
    Gulp - the streaming build system

grunt

Posts with mentions or reviews of grunt. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-04-04.
  • Supercharge your CSS with Tailwind
    5 projects | dev.to | 4 Apr 2022
    With the pre-processors, you can shrink your CSS and increase reuse through variables. In almost all working cases, it will be an improvement above vanilla CSS. There are also implementations now, via PostCSS, that add vendor prefixes for you. The major drawback is, of course, that you have to compile your CSS beforehand; usually done via part of your tooling such as Grunt or Gulp.
  • How to replace webpack & babel with Vite on a legacy React Typescript project
    11 projects | dev.to | 25 Mar 2022
    As far as build tools go I remember how popular Grunt was when it was first released, then it was Gulp, and Babel came along to help you add new us features and get them working on older browsers.
  • Is there any tools that loop through all (html, css, js) files in a folder and minify them?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/webdev | 22 Mar 2022
    Grunt
  • Password Protect Static Sites with PageCrypt
    9 projects | dev.to | 2 Feb 2022
    One potential concern with PageCrypt is that it only encrypts an HTML file by default. If you want to encrypt your CSS and JavaScript files, you’ll have to inline them in the HTML file. The same applies to images and any other binary assets; you’ll have to inline them as Data URIs. As with any authentication and authorization solution, you’ll want to determine what’s acceptable for your security requirements. Maybe you’re comfortable with the risk of images leaking but have higher security requirements for your JavaScript. In that case, the HTML page can link to the image files but should contain all your JavaScript. You can use many static site build tools to automate inlining assets in HTML. Webpack, Gulp, or Grunt are just a few that might be useful.
  • State of the Web: Bundlers & Build Tools
    17 projects | dev.to | 23 Jan 2022
    While Browserify was great at bundling scripts together, it was not quite as good at transforming code. Let's say you wanted to compile your CoffeeScript code to JavaScript. You can do this with plain Browserify. However, it is unwieldy and relatively inflexible. To fix this, a new group of tools for the web where born, which focused on running code transforms. These are usually called task runners, and the most popular ones are Grunt and Gulp. Grunt was the first task manager, first released in January of 2012. It allowed for more flexible code transforms when using bundlers like Browserify or without a bundler. However, there were still problems with Grunt, which were solved by Gulp. Gulp is faster, as it uses Node streams instead of temporary files and runs tasks in parallel, as well as allowing for people to use a script instead of a JSON configuration file. This was still not perfect, though, because it was annoying to use two separate tools. This was fixed by Webpack
  • Top 10 Web Development Tools For Fullstack Developers
    4 projects | dev.to | 24 Dec 2021
    Download link (https://gruntjs.com/)
  • make sure you don't waste your time like me :(
    1 project | reddit.com/r/ProgrammerHumor | 31 Jul 2021
    Might want to look into tools like grunt which you can set up to watch for changes to your files and automatically compile them.
  • The Frontend Hitchhiker's Guide: 3rd Party Code
    18 projects | dev.to | 17 Jul 2021
    One can say task runners were the precursor to build tools which was explored in the 4th stop in this series. Task runners let you automate tasks like minification, transpilations, deployment and using other CLI tools. The two most popular task runners are grunt and gulp.
  • A relief - updating my Wordpress theme development setup
    1 project | dev.to | 31 Jan 2021
    While searching for a CRA like developing experience for developing Wordpress themes, I tried different task managers, bundlers and tooling setups. All promised to do the job and I’m pretty sure they are able to do it, but I was surprised how difficult it seemed to be for me to enable a simple list of features I aimed for. I tried webpack setups, wpack.io, gulp, grunt and parcel and started out with a basic list of demands:

What are some alternatives?

When comparing gulp and grunt you can also consider the following projects:

parcel - The zero configuration build tool for the web. 📦🚀

Rollup - Next-generation ES module bundler

webpack - A bundler for javascript and friends. Packs many modules into a few bundled assets. Code Splitting allows for loading parts of the application on demand. Through "loaders", modules can be CommonJs, AMD, ES6 modules, CSS, Images, JSON, Coffeescript, LESS, ... and your custom stuff.

Snowpack - ESM-powered frontend build tool. Instant, lightweight, unbundled development. ✌️ [Moved to: https://github.com/FredKSchott/snowpack]

Broccoli - Browser compilation library – an asset pipeline for applications that run in the browser

FuseBox - A blazing fast js bundler/loader with a comprehensive API :fire:

webpack-dashboard - A CLI dashboard for webpack dev server

pkg - Package your Node.js project into an executable