Learn how to use Front's included npm scripts to automate your time-consuming tasks in your development workflow with Gulp toolkit.

Tooling setup

Front uses NPM scripts for its build system. Our package.json includes convenient methods for working with the framework, including compiling code, running tests, and more.

To use our build system and run our documentation locally, you'll need a copy of Front's source files and Node. Follow these steps and you should be ready to rock:

  1. Download and install Node.js , which we use to manage our dependencies.
  2. Download and install Gulp.js , which we use to manage our dependencies.
  3. Navigate to the root /front directory and run npm install to install our local dependencies listed in package.json.

When completed, you'll be able to run the various commands provided from the command line.


Installing Node.js

If you do not have Node installed already, you can get it by downloading the package installer from Node's website. Please download the stable version of Node.js (LTS) NOT the latest.

You need to have Node.js (Node) installed onto your computer before you can install Gulp. When you're done with installing Node, you can install Gulp by using the following command in the command line:

Installing Gulp.js

Please note, first Gulp should be installed globally and for that reason -g command is used.

                  npm install gulp-cli -g


If you are using MacOS please use sudo keyword in the command because they need administrator rights to install Gulp globally.

Installing NPM modules

First, change the command line path into your project where Front folder is located. if you have not done this before, you may check the following article to quick start Command Prompt - How to use the simple, basic commands .

Once the path of your workflow is changed to Front folder, you may run package.json file by using the following command:

                  npm i

This time, we're installing Gulp with its all dependency plugins like gulp-sass, gulp-autoprefixer and etc. It might take a couple of minutes depends on your internet connection.

If you check the project folder when the command has finished executing, you should see that Gulp has created a node_modules folder.

Run Gulp

Now we have an integrated workflow. To try it out run:


Now you can try making some changes to assets/include/scss/theme.scss and save it.

Gulp dist

Run gulp dist to minify CSS, merge JS files into one file, compress images size and also updates the npm libraries to their available latest npm version.

                  gulp dist


All npm libraries that are used in the Front template can be seen in the package.json file.


Front uses Autoprefixer (included in our build process) to automatically add vendor prefixes to some CSS properties at build time. Doing so saves us time and code by allowing us to write key parts of our CSS a single time while eliminating the need for vendor mixins.

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