How To Intigrate Grunt with RazorOps CICD

Created by Shiva G, Modified on Thu, 27 Apr 2023 at 03:26 PM by Shyam Mohan K

Build tools for software are primarily utilized to automate the creation of executable applications from source code. These tools automate various tasks, such as downloading dependencies, compiling and packaging code, running tests, and deployment. Build tools can be initiated through the command line, inside an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), or by continuous integration tools after retrieving the code from a repository and onto a build machine. Various build systems are available for different programming languages. Typically, build systems use either a domain-specific language or XML to define the build process.

What are build tools?

Build tools are software programs that automate the process of compiling source code into executable software artifacts. These tools are used by developers to manage complex software development projects and streamline the build and deployment process.

Build tools typically provide a range of functionalities including compiling source code, managing dependencies, and executing tests. They may also include features for packaging, versioning, and deploying software. Build tools are commonly used in software development projects that involve multiple developers or teams, as they can help ensure that everyone is using the same toolchain and following consistent build practices.

Why do we use build tools or build automation?

    Build tools or build automation are used in software development to streamline the process of creating executable applications from source code. There are several reasons why build tools are used:

  1. Time-saving: Manually building software can be a time-consuming and error-prone process, especially for larger projects. By automating the process with build tools, developers can save time and reduce the risk of errors.

  2. Consistency: Build tools help ensure that the same build process is followed every time, regardless of who is building the software. This can help prevent issues that may arise due to differences in how individuals build the software.

  3. Scalability: As projects grow in size and complexity, it becomes more challenging to manage the build process manually. Build automation tools can handle the increasing complexity and provide a scalable solution for building software.

  4. Repeatability: Build tools can repeat the build process as many times as needed, ensuring that the output is consistent every time. This is especially important in a Continuous Integration (CI) or Continuous Deployment (CD) environment, where software needs to be built and deployed frequently.

Overall, build tools are used to simplify the software build process, increase productivity, and reduce the risk of errors, making software development more efficient and effective.

Here we integrated most trending building automation tools to Razorops 

How to integrate Grunt build tool with RazorOps?  

  1. GRUNT


Grunt is a popular JavaScript task runner that automates repetitive tasks in web development. It was developed by Ben Alman and is built on top of Node.js.

Grunt provides a set of predefined tasks that can be configured and customized to automate various tasks such as:

  1. Compiling Sass/LESS to CSS

  2. Concatenating and minifying JavaScript files

  3. Optimizing images

  4. Running unit tests

  5. Deploying code to a server

  6. Watching for changes in files and automatically rebuilding when changes are detected

Grunt uses a configuration file called "Gruntfile.js" which defines the tasks to be run and the options for each task. Grunt has a large number of plugins available, allowing developers to easily extend the functionality of Grunt to suit their specific needs.

Grunt is widely used in the web development community and has become a standard tool in many front-end development workflows.

How to use GRUNT tool in working environment: 

  1. Install Node. js and Grunt.

  2. Create a package. json and list dependencies (Grunt and plugins).

  3. Install NPM modules.

  4. Create Gruntfile. js .

  5. Configure tasks you need to run.

  6. Run those tasks in the command line while you work.

Gruntfile - a valid JavaScript file named "Gruntfile.js" that contains code to configure tasks, load existing plugins and/or create custom tasks.


Tasks are the modules that perform a specified job. They are defined in the Gruntfile.

Developers can load predefined tasks from existing Grunt plugins and/or write custom code to define their own tasks depending on their requirements. Once defined, these tasks can be run from the command line by simply executing grunt <taskname>. If the <taskname> defined in the Gruntfile is 'default' then simply executing grunt will suffice.

Similarly to the aforementioned process, we can integrate Grunt with Razorops by utilizing the ".razorops.yaml" file.

For demo purpose we going to use grunt project

Github :

  1. We need to write a .razorops.yaml file and place it at the root level of the repo.

Write .razorops.yaml file: We have following .razorops.yaml

Once the .razorops.yaml file is ready, push your code and the pipeline will start automatically.




runner: node:10


- checkout

# install npm

- run: npm install

# install grunt-cli with global

- run: npm install -g grunt-cli

# know about grunt version

- run: grunt --version

# run a build command

- run: npm run build

Grunt integration with Razorops :

    Step 1: login to razorops with github 

Connect to the github repository in workflow with select New pipeline 

Select Github 

Select the Grunt repository and choose "grunt-git" as the working repository.

Select repository and confirm 

 After adding the .razororps.yaml file to the repository, a pipeline will be automatically triggered in the workflow based on the commit ID.

Build process is Running 

Once the build process is successful, logs can be found in the logs section.

We can find in logs  Grunt build success with creating 



“tmp”   folders  

Which is compiled and build code of  node.js 

Integrating with Razorops is very straightforward and has lower complexity compared to other tools. Everything is available in a pipeline format

conclusion :

Integrating Grunt with RazorOps CICD can greatly enhance your software development workflow. Grunt is a powerful task runner that can automate repetitive tasks such as building, testing, and deploying your application. By integrating Grunt with RazorOps CICD, you can create a seamless pipeline that automates the entire software development process, from code commits to deployment.

The integration process is straightforward and can be accomplished by configuring Grunt tasks in your project's Gruntfile.js and setting up a pipeline in RazorOps. Once configured, Grunt will automatically execute your desired tasks, such as compiling CSS or minifying JavaScript, whenever changes are made to your code repository.

Overall, integrating Grunt with RazorOps CICD can streamline your software development process, improve collaboration, and enhance the quality of your code. By automating tedious tasks, you can focus on what matters most: building high-quality, innovative software.

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