gulp command not found - error after installing gulp


I've installed gulp both globally and locally using

npm install gulp
npm install gulp -g
npm install gulp-util
npm install gulp-util -g

When try to run gulp i get

'gulp' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Running npm list gulp (or -g), I [email protected] with the location of either my global or local gulp installation.

I've tried running node gulpfile.js pointed to my gulpfile, and it runs without error, and of course, it starts with require('gulp').

Any suggestions on getting gulp working on Windows(8.1)?

6/4/2014 1:23:06 AM

The issue and answer can be found in this question:

The npm modules such as gulp are not installed to the path. Thus are not found when you run them in the CMD.

If gulp has been installed globally, you can use the process below:

  1. Create an environmental variable called NODE_PATH
  2. Set it to: %AppData%\npm\node_modules or %AppData%\npm on windows 8-10
  3. Close CMD, and Re-Open to get the new ENV variables

Add Node path to environmental variables

Running npm ls and npm ls -g shows that they are installed, but the CMD can not find them due to the missing link.


  1. Be sure that you have gulp and gulp.cmd (use windows search)
  2. Copy the path of gulp.cmd (C:\Users\XXXX\AppData\Roaming\npm)
  3. Add this path to the Path envirement variable or edit PATH environment variable and add %APPDATA%\npm
  4. Reopen cmd.

Add %APPDATA%\npm to front of Path, not end of the Path.


  1. Install gulp globally.

    npm install -g gulp

  2. Install gulp locally in the project.

    npm install gulp

  3. Add below line in your package.json

    "scripts": { "gulp": "gulp" }

  4. Run gulp.

    npm run gulp

This worked for me.


I am using Windows 8.1. I had the same problem.

I installed gulp using Node.js command prompt

npm install -g gulp

Then go to the required directory in Node.js command prompt and try

gulp -v

If you get gulp local version not found exit the current Node.js command prompt and try the above command in a new Node.js command prompt

I tried the NODE_PATH mentioned by @SteveLacy but the command prompt was still not able to detect gulp command


Had the same problem, not really best solution but install it globally:

npm install -g gulp

Of course it's best to still have it in package.json, so you can do the following to install it locally and add an entry into package.json:

npm install --save-dev gulp

Everything else (gulp plugins) install also locally.