grunt-contrib-clean Build Status

Clean files and folders.

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.0

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-contrib-clean --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


This plugin was designed to work with Grunt 0.4.x. If you're still using grunt v0.3.x it's strongly recommended that you upgrade, but in case you can't please use v0.3.2.

Clean task

Run this task with the grunt clean command.

Task targets, files and options may be specified according to the grunt Configuring tasks guide.

Due to the destructive nature of this task, always be cautious of the paths you clean.



Type: Boolean
Default: false

This overrides this task from blocking deletion of folders outside current working dir (CWD). Use with caution.


Type: Boolean
Default: false

Will log messages of what would happen if the task was ran but doesn't actually delete the files.

Usage Examples

There are three formats you can use to run this task.


clean: ["path/to/dir/one", "path/to/dir/two"]

Medium (specific targets with global options)

clean: {
  build: ["path/to/dir/one", "path/to/dir/two"],
  release: ["path/to/another/dir/one", "path/to/another/dir/two"]

Long (specific targets with per target options)

clean: {
  build: {
    src: ["path/to/dir/one", "path/to/dir/two"]

Release History

  • 2013-07-15   v0.5.0   Use rimraf directly, version 2.2.1 to fix issue on Windows. Add no-write option to mimic grunt.file.delete behavior.
  • 2013-04-16   v0.4.1   Check if file exists to avoid trying to delete a non-existent file.
  • 2013-02-15   v0.4.0   First official release for Grunt 0.4.0.
  • 2013-01-18   v0.4.0rc6   Updating grunt/gruntplugin dependencies to rc6. Changing in-development grunt/gruntplugin dependency versions from tilde version ranges to specific versions.
  • 2013-01-09   v0.4.0rc5   Updating to work with grunt v0.4.0rc5. Switching to this.filesSrc api.
  • 2012-12-07   v0.4.0a   Conversion to grunt v0.4 conventions. Remove node v0.6 and grunt v0.3 support. Add force option to bypass CWD check.
  • 2012-09-23   v0.3.0   Options no longer accepted from global config key.
  • 2012-09-10   v0.2.0   Refactored from grunt-contrib into individual repo.

Task submitted by Tim Branyen

This file was generated on Mon Jul 15 2013 20:45:46.