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Inject custom gulp task

To inject a custom gulp task into a SharePoint Framework generated gulpfile.js, use the following method.

Add a file named gulpfile.js in the templates folder of the custom generator. The following code sample shows the content taken from the Handlebars generator and registers the web pack loader along with a custom gulp watch:

// definition of Handlebars loader
const loaderConfig = {
  test: /\.hbs/,
  loader: 'handlebars-template-loader'

// Merge custom loader to web pack configuration
  additionalConfiguration: (generatedConfiguration) => {


    return generatedConfiguration;



// marker to check if custom watch is already registered
// used to prevent watch bubbling
let customWatchRegistered = false;

// Register watches sub task to move hbs files over to libs directory
let hbsWatch = build.subTask('hbsWatch', (gulp, buildOptions, done) => {

  // register watch only on first run
  if (!customWatchRegistered) {

    // on change of *.hbs files'./src/**/*.hbs', event => {

      // copy hbs from src to lib

      // copy empty index.ts onto itself to launch build procees


    // after watch is registered don't register again
    customWatchRegistered = true;

  } else {

    // make sure preBuild file will be copied once again


// tell build.rig the work is done.



This file should only contain the required code that needs added to the SPFx owned gulpfile.js.

Add the following code index.js after the end() method:

_injectToGulpFile() {

    if (fs.existsSync(this.destinationPath('gulpfile.js'))) {

        let coreGulpTemplate = this.templatePath('../../../app/templates/gulpfile.js');
        let customGulpTemplate = this.templatePath('./gulpfile.js')

        let mergedGulpFile = util.composeGulpFile(coreGulpTemplate, customGulpTemplate);

        fs.writeFileSync(this.destinationPath('./gulpfile.js'), mergedGulpFile, 'utf-8');



To execute the injection of your custom task in gulpfile.js, call this method from the install() method:

install() {



To verify, execute the yeoman generator and look up the changes within gulpfile.js in the project directory.