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task runner and toolkit extending SvelteKit


Gro is a task runner and toolkit that extends SvelteKit, Vite, and esbuild for developing web frontends, servers, and libraries with TypeScript. It offers a variety of tools and patterns for tasks like developing, building, testing, deploying, and publishing applications. Gro provides integrated support for TypeScript, Svelte, and SvelteKit, and includes features like handling versioning, changelogs, ESbuild plugins, and support for importing various file types.


  • Task Runner: Uses the filesystem convention *.task.ts and includes common builtin tasks that users can easily override and compose.
  • Development Tools: Provides tools and patterns for developing, building, testing, deploying, and publishing SvelteKit apps, library packages, and Node servers.
  • Module Imports Support: Supports SvelteKit module imports for various contexts like tasks, tests, and Node servers, allowing the use of SvelteKit patterns throughout the application.
  • TypeScript Integration: Offers integrated TypeScript support for running TypeScript files directly without a task.
  • Plugin System: Configurable plugins to support SvelteKit, auto-restarting Node servers, and other external build processes.
  • Testing and Linting: Supports testing with uvu, code generation with gen, linting with ESLint, and formatting with Prettier.


To install Gro, you can use npm with the following command:

npm i -D @ryanatkn/gro

For global usage, you can also install it globally:

npm install -g @ryanatkn/gro


Gro is a versatile task runner and toolkit designed to enhance the development experience for SvelteKit, Vite, and esbuild projects. With integrated support for TypeScript, Svelte, and various build processes, Gro offers developers a comprehensive set of tools and features to streamline tasks like development, testing, and deployment. Despite potential limitations due to its relatively lower user base, Gro presents a promising solution for those looking to optimize their web frontend and server-side workflows.


Svelte is a modern front-end framework that compiles your code at build time, resulting in smaller and faster applications. It uses a reactive approach to update the DOM, allowing for high performance and a smoother user experience.


Vite is a build tool that aims to provide a faster and leaner development experience for modern web projects


ESLint is a linter for JavaScript that analyzes code to detect and report on potential problems and errors, as well as enforce consistent code style and best practices, helping developers to write cleaner, more maintainable code.


TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript, providing optional static typing, classes, interfaces, and other features that help developers write more maintainable and scalable code. TypeScript's static typing system can catch errors at compile-time, making it easier to build and maintain large applications.