jayeb / heroku-buildpack-nodejs-gulp

A slightly modified version of Heroku's official Node.js buildpack with added gulp.js support

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Heroku Buildpack for Node.js and gulp.js


  • Set your Heroku app's buildpack URL to https://github.com/appstack/heroku-buildpack-nodejs-gulp.git. To be safe, you should really fork this and use your fork's URL.

  • Run heroku config:set NODE_ENV=production to set your environment to production (or any other name)

  • Add a Gulp task called heroku:<NODE_ENV> that builds your app. For instance, if you followed the line above and set NODE_ENV to production, the name of this task would be heroku:production

  • Add a single line Procfile to the root to serve your app via node. This example assumes that you have a web.js file in the root of your project:

web: node web.js

Things That Will Happen

When the buildpack runs it will do many things similarly to the standard Heroku buildpack. In addition it will do the following things, not exactly in this order.

  • If gulpfile.js is found
    • Run npm update gulp to install gulp locally during the build
    • Run gulp heroku:${NODE_ENV} to build the app
  • If bower.json is found
    • Extract the directory key from .bowerrc if that is present
    • Run npm update bower to install bower locally
    • Run bower install to install bower_components.
    • Cache bower_components or whichever alternate directory was specified in .bowerrc

The bower component caching is very similar to the node_modules caching done for npm. The cache is restored before each build and bower prune is run to remove anything no longer needed before doing the bower install. This is the same way the standard buildpack handles caching.


Inspired by Deploying a Yeoman/Angular app to Heroku.

Forked from heroku-buildpack-nodejs-gulp.

Which was forked from heroku-buildpack-nodejs.

Heavily based on heroku-buildpack-nodejs-grunt.


A slightly modified version of Heroku's official Node.js buildpack with added gulp.js support

License:MIT License


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