Automagically load your Gulp plugins

Published on: March 11, 2015

When I first started using gulp I felt that the most annoying thing about it all was that I had to manually require  all my plugins. So on a large project I would get 20 lines of requiring plugins. Soon I was looking for a solution that would allow me to include plugins automatically and thankfully I found one that's extremely easy to use. It's called gulp-load-plugins.

Using gulp-load-plugins

In order to use gulp-load-plugins you must first install it through npm. Open up a terminal window and type npm install --save-dev gulp-load-plugins if it fails due to permission errors you might have to run the command as sudo . When the plugins is installed you can use it inside your gulpfile like this:

var gulp = require('gulp');
var plugins = require('gulp-load-plugins')();

gulp.task('scripts', function() {

On line 2 gulp-load-plugins is being included. Note that we immediately call  this module as well by adding parentheses after requiring it. When you call the plugin it looks through your node_modules  and it adds every module that starts with gulp- to itself as a callable function. So if you have gulp-uglify installed you can just call plugins.uglify .

When you have a gulp plugin that has a name with dashes in it, like gulp-minify-css . The loader will add it as minifyCss . In other words it will camelcase the plugin names. Well, that's it. This gulp plugin really helped my gulp workflow and I hope it will help you as well.



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