Helpers to load and use recursive Gruntfiles.

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0.2.39 years ago11 years agoMinified + gzip package size for grunt-recurse in KB


Recursively load subproject Grunt files. Load all grunt-* modules saved in package.json's dependency lists. All you need to do is define config options and register your own tasks.

Basic Usage

In a Gruntfile in the root of your project, require grunt-recurse and tell it to load subprojects. Register any default tasks and configurations. Finalize the grunt configuration.
// ./Gruntfile.js

module.exports = function(grunt){

    // Use grunt-recurse on the module. Pass the __dirname to ensure pathing.
    require('grunt-recurse')(grunt, __dirname);

    // Prepare any multiconfigs.
    grunt.Config = {
        jshint: {
            files: ['./src/**/*.js'],
            options: {
                jshintrc: './.jshintrc'

    // Register tasks like normal.
        'Perform full build and test of the entire project.'
        [ 'jshint', 'client', 'server' ]

    // Call finalize to push grunt.Config into initConfg, and other things.

In the Gruntfiles of each subproject, assign config setting to grunt.Config. File paths will still be relative to the root Gruntfile.
// ./src/client/Gruntfile.js
module.exports = function(grunt){
    grunt.Config = {
        copy: {
            client: {
                files: [ {
                    expand: true,
                    src: ['./src/client/**'],
                    dest: './build/client'
                } ]

        'Perform all tasks necessary to build the client.'


grunt-recurse uses sindresorhus/load-grunt-tasks to mitigate need for grunt.loadNpmTasks or grunt.NpmTasks = []. package.json settings are loaded into grunt.pkg.


There are no enforcements on task naming or configuration settings. Grunt will apply whatever change got made last during the run. Thus, grunt.registerTask with the same name in both the core Gruntfile and the submodule Gruntfile will conflict, and (using the above code layout) the core Gruntfile's definition will be used.
For this reason, I recommend the convention of each submodule Gruntfile registering a task with the name of the submodule's folder, and namespacing the registered tasks within the submodule as camel-case or hyphen-seperated using the submodule's folder name. This is just a convention, and you are free to use whatever mechanism necessary to ensure the tasks names do not collide.
The config object is merged at the task level. Using, eg, grunt-contrib-copy across several modules, if each target is given a seperate name, they will live harmoniously. Otherwise, the last defined target options will override any prior definitions.


0.2.1 on 2013-12-22

- No longer warns that grunt-recurse isn't a loadable grunt task.

0.2.0 on 2013-11-17

- load-grunt-tasks to load all npm tasks saved in package.json - Remove coffee-script dependency. - Automatically finalize Grunt configuration. - Updated documentation.

0.1.0 on 2013-10-29

- grunt.grunt to load submodule grunt files. - grunt.Config = {configobject} to set task config properties.