Dart workflows, automated.

Grinder consists of a library to define project tasks (e.g. test, build, doc), and a command-line tool to run them.

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Getting Started

To start using grinder, add it to your dev_dependencies.

Defining Tasks

Tasks are defined entirely by Dart code allowing you to take advantage of the whole Dart ecosystem to write and debug them. Task definitions reside in a tool/grind.dart script. To create a simple grinder script, run:

pub run grinder:init

In general, grinder scripts look something like this:

import 'package:grinder/grinder.dart';

main(args) => grind(args);

@Task('Test stuff.')
test() {
  new PubApp.local('test').run([]);

@DefaultTask('Build the project.')
build() {

@Task('Generate docs.')
doc() {
  log("Generating docs...");

Any task dependencies (see @Depends above), are run before the dependent task.

Grinder contains a variety of convenience APIs for common task definitions, such as PubApp referenced above. See the API Documentation for full details.

Running Tasks

First install the grind executable:

pub global activate grinder

then use it to run desired tasks:

grind test
grind build doc

or to run a default task (see @DefaultTask above):


or to display a list of available tasks and their dependencies:

grind -h

or to tab-complete your tasks (thanks to unscripted):

grind --completion install
. ~/.bashrc

grind [TAB][TAB]
build  test   doc

grind b[TAB]
grind build

You can also bypass installing grind, and instead use pub run grinder:grinder, or in Dart SDK 1.10, simply pub run grinder.


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Dart workflows, automated.


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