Running Gulp On TeamCity

Written by Khalid Abuhakmeh

Gulp is a best of bread solution for when it comes to bundling and minification. It is only natural that it found its way into the common web developers workflow, and subsequently ours. We are also proponents of continuous integration and utilize TeamCity to build our projects on every new pull request. This post will show you how run Gulp on a TeamCity build agent consistently every time, without installing it globally.

The Error

If you have attempted to run Gulp on a TeamCity agent and failed, you may be seeing this error message.

[XX:XX:XX][Step 1/1] 'gulp' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
[XX:XX:XX][Step 1/1] operable program or batch file.

It may not be immediately obvious, but the build agent cannot find Gulp in the path and thus cannot execute the command. This may be confusing, as you have most likely run npm install.

The Fix

This assumes you have a build gulp task, but you may substitute whatever task you have.

gulp.task('build', ['lint', 'sass', 'scripts'])

The first step is to update your package.json to include gulp in your scripts.

    "scripts" : {
        "gulp" : "gulp"

Once your package.json is updated, you will update your build file with the following line.

npm run gulp build

We use a build.cmd to build our projects.

@echo Off
pushd %~dp0

if exist %CACHED_NUGET% goto CopyNuGet

echo Downloading latest version of NuGet.exe...
if not exist %LOCALAPPDATA%\NuGet @mkdir %LOCALAPPDATA%\NuGet
@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "$ProgressPreference = 'SilentlyContinue'; Invoke-WebRequest '' -OutFile '%CACHED_NUGET%'"

if exist .nuget\nuget.exe goto Build
if not exist .nuget @mkdir .nuget
@copy %CACHED_NUGET% .nuget\nuget.exe > nul


:: Find the most recent 32bit MSBuild.exe on the system. Also handle x86 operating systems, where %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%
:: is not defined. Always quote the %MSBUILD% value when setting the variable and never quote %MSBUILD% references.
set MSBUILD="%PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\MSBuild\14.0\Bin\amd64\MSBuild.exe"
if not exist %MSBUILD% @set MSBUILD="%PROGRAMFILES%\MSBuild\14.0\Bin\MSBuild.exe"
if not exist %MSBUILD% @set MSBUILD="%SYSTEMROOT%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\MSBuild.exe"

%MSBUILD% build\Build.msbuild /nologo /m /v:m /fl /flp:LogFile=msbuild.log;Verbosity=Detailed /nr:false %*

call cd .\src\Website\

call npm install
if %ERRORLEVEL% neq 0 goto BuildFail

call npm run gulp build
if %ERRORLEVEL% neq 0 goto BuildFail

goto BuildSuccess

echo *** BUILD FAILED ***
goto End

echo *** BUILD SUCCEEDED ***
goto End


Once you have your updated script, the command should complete on TeamCity with no errors.

[11:03:29][Step 1/1] > gulp "build"
[11:03:29][Step 1/1] 
[11:03:30][Step 1/1] [11:03:30] Using gulpfile F:\BuildAgent\work\13cbe3cc4e8552eb\src\Website\gulpfile.js
[11:03:30][Step 1/1] [11:03:30] Starting 'lint'...
[11:03:30][Step 1/1] [11:03:30] Starting 'sass'...
[11:03:30][Step 1/1] [11:03:30] Starting 'scripts'...
[11:03:30][Step 1/1] [11:03:30] Finished 'lint' after 331 ms
[11:03:31][Step 1/1] [11:03:31] Finished 'scripts' after 585 ms
[11:03:31][Step 1/1] [11:03:31] Finished 'sass' after 1.07 s
[11:03:31][Step 1/1] [11:03:31] Starting 'build'...
[11:03:31][Step 1/1] [11:03:31] Finished 'build' after 18 μs
[11:03:31][Step 1/1] 
[11:03:31][Step 1/1] *** BUILD SUCCEEDED ***

Published July 08, 2016 by

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Khalid Abuhakmeh Director of Software Development (Former)

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