Table of Contents
- Verify Node.js and NPM Installation
- Install Gulp Globally
- Install Gulp Locally
- Update the System Environment Variables
Verify Node.js and NPM Installation
First, make sure that Node.js and NPM (Node Package Manager) are installed on your system. Open a command prompt or terminal, and type the following commands:
node -v npm -v
If both commands return a version number, then Node.js and NPM are installed correctly. If not, download and install Node.js from the official website, which includes NPM by default.
Install Gulp Globally
To use Gulp from the command line, you need to install it globally. Run the following command in your terminal or command prompt:
npm install -g gulp
This command installs Gulp globally, making it accessible from any directory on your system.
Install Gulp Locally
After installing Gulp globally, you need to install it locally in your project directory. Navigate to your project directory using the command prompt or terminal and run the following command:
npm install --save-dev gulp
This command installs Gulp locally and adds it as a development dependency in your
Update the System Environment Variables
If you still encounter the "Not Recognized as an Internal or External Command" error after following the steps above, you may need to update your system's environment variables.
- Right-click on "Computer" or "My Computer" and select "Properties."
- Click on "Advanced system settings."
- Click on the "Environment Variables" button.
- In the "System variables" section, find the "Path" variable and click on "Edit."
- Add the following path to the end of the "Variable value" field:
- Click "OK" to save the changes.
macOS / Linux
- Open your terminal.
- Open the
~/.bash_profilefile using a text editor (e.g.,
- Add the following line at the end of the file:
- Save the changes and close the file.
source ~/.bash_profileto reload the updated environment variables.
After updating the environment variables, the "Not Recognized as an Internal or External Command" error should be resolved.
Why is Gulp not recognized as an internal or external command?
This error occurs when the system cannot find Gulp's executable file in the directories specified in the system's environment variables. It usually happens due to an incorrect installation, or when Gulp is not added to the PATH variable.
Can I use Gulp without installing it globally?
Yes, you can use Gulp without installing it globally by using
npx, which is included with NPM 5.2.0 and later. Run the following command to use Gulp without global installation:
How can I check if Gulp is installed on my system?
Run the following command in your command prompt or terminal:
If Gulp is installed, the command will return the version number. Otherwise, you will see an error message.
Can I use Gulp with other task runners, like Grunt or Webpack?
Yes, you can use Gulp alongside other task runners, but it's usually more efficient to choose one task runner that meets all your project's requirements.
How do I uninstall Gulp?
To uninstall Gulp, run the following commands:
npm uninstall -g gulp npm uninstall --save-dev gulp
The first command uninstalls Gulp globally, and the second command uninstalls it locally from your project directory.