Gulp Dist Ssh

Published: Oct 31, 2018 by Noe Nieto

My deploy script with gulp

I created a landing page and it was already using gulp for some tasks. So I tought: “It would be nice if I can use gulp to push my code to the server. After a couple of searches I found gulp-ssh. The code is pretty simple:

'use strict'
var fs = require('fs');
var gulp = require('gulp');
var GulpSSH = require('gulp-ssh')

var gulpSSH = new GulpSSH({
  ignoreErrors: false,
  sshConfig: {
    host: '',
    port: 22,
    username: 'fulano',
    privateKey: fs.readFileSync('/home/fulano/.ssh/private_key')

gulp.task('deploy', function () {
  return gulp
    .src(['**/*', '!.git*', '!package*', '!README*', '!gulpfile.js', '!./node_modules/**', '!./contact/composer.*'])

So, GulpSSH has the credentials to access the server. Runing gulp deploy will start copying all the files in the project directory to the server to the folder /var/www/mah_landing_page in the server.

The gulp.src() function takes a list of filenames or directories that will be copied to the destination. It supports globbing, but it took me a few tries before I figured it out. I put the explanation below:

Glob Meaning
*/ Upload everything including subdirectories.
’!.git* Exclude .gitignore and .git/
!package* Will exclude package.json and package-lock.json
‘!README*’ Exclude README and README.txt
‘!gulpfile.js’ Also, don’t upload the gulpfile.js
’!./node_modules/**’ Ignore the node_modules folder. It’s huge!
’!./myapp/composer.*’ I have a small PHP app under the myapp folder which uses composer. Don’t upload composer’s files.

That’s it. Works.