Sunday, 21 June 2015

Compile LESS with Gulp and Task Runner

A simple GULP compiling and minifying LESS files to CSS using Visual Studio Task Runner Explorer.

This example watches a folder containing LESS files and compiles them to CSS on any changes or when the project is built or cleaned.

By doing this you can have a primary LESS file, and when this or any referenced by it through “@import” statements, compiling to a single CSS file.

In this example, the primary LESS file is called “main.less”, it will be compiled to “main.css” and “main.min.css”.

var gulp = require('gulp');
var concat = require('gulp-concat');

var less = require('gulp-less');
var minifyCss = require('gulp-minify-css');
var rename = require("gulp-rename");
var watch = require('gulp-watch');
var del = require('delete');

var sass = require('gulp-ruby-sass')
var notify = require("gulp-notify")
var bower = require('gulp-bower');

var MainConfig = {
    watch: ['main/**/*.less'],          //folder to watch for changes
    src: ['main/main.less'],            //main LESS file to compile 
    targetDir: '../target-folder/css',  //folder to output compiled CSS
    targetName: 'main',                 //name of compiled CSS file
    targetMinName: 'main.min'           //name of minified CSS file

function BuildMain() {
        .on('error', swallowError)
        .on('error', swallowError)
        .pipe(rename({ basename: MainConfig.targetMinName, extname: ".css" }))

    //If theres an error generating the css, delete the existing css files
    function swallowError(error) {
        var _cssName = MainConfig.targetDir + "/" + MainConfig.targetName + ".css";
        var _cssMinName = MainConfig.targetDir + "/" + MainConfig.targetMinName + ".css";

        del.sync(_cssName, { force: true });
        del.sync(_cssMinName, { force: true });


//Tasks to be used by Task Runner
gulp.task('project-start', function () {
    watch(, function () {
gulp.task('project-clean', function () {
gulp.task('project-build', function () {

The script is saved as “gulpfile.js” in the root of the project

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