When I am working in an code editor such as Visual Studio, I do not want to have to have to leave the editor to run command line programs such as Gulp task. I want to be able to run the gulp task right from instead the editor. Starting with Visual Studio 2013, you could do this with the Task Runner Explorer extension. Microsoft then integrated the Task Runner Explorer into Visual Studio 2015 so you no longer have to install an extension.
Gulp 4 is not released yet but if you have a need to install it here is how to do it. I will cover how to globally install it as well as how to update your package.json for your projects. Globally Installing Gulp The first thing we need to do is install the Gulp command line to be able to run the gulp task. Open a Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Mac or Linux) Check if you have Gulp CLI < 1.