Douglas Alan Maitelli Douglas Alan Maitelli - 1 year ago 71
Node.js Question

Having problems to work with SVG using Inkscape in gulp task

Well, I'm trying to execute an inkscape task for every file in a gulp task.

The idea is to transform every SVG file I have in a compound path (an SVG composed only by one complex path).

I'm trying to achieve this with something like this:

gulp.task('minify-shapes', function() {
function makeChange() {
var Stream = require('stream');

function transform(file, cb) {
var svgConverter = new Inkscape(['--verb=ObjectToPath', '--export-plain-svg']);

var stdout = new Stream();
var bufs = [];


stdout.on('data', function(d) {

stdout.on('end', function() {
var buf = Buffer.concat(bufs);

file.contents = buf;

cb(null, file);


return require('event-stream').map(transform);

return gulp.src('app/assets/shapes/**/*.svg')

The problem is, this npm package Inkscape works with streams, so I should somehow pipe Inkscape output and write back to gulp file.contents.

This seems to not work because the conversion of this Inkscape stream output to a buffer is async, so it's not work in sync with gulp task flow.

The error I'm receiving is:


TypeError: dest.end is not a function
at Inkscape.onend (stream.js:59:10)
at emitNone (events.js:91:20)
at Inkscape.emit (events.js:185:7)
at Inkscape.<anonymous> (node_modules\inkscape\lib\Inkscape.js:161:26)
at emitNone (events.js:91:20)
at ReadStream.emit (events.js:185:7)
at endReadableNT (_stream_readable.js:926:12)
at _combinedTickCallback (internal/process/next_tick.js:74:11)
at process._tickCallback (internal/process/next_tick.js:98:9)

Can somebody help me?

Answer Source

The file.contents property doesn't have to be a Buffer. It can also be stream. All you have to do is pass the buffer:false option to gulp.src().

Then it's as simple as replacing the existing file.contents stream with the new stream that is created by calling .pipe():

var gulp = require('gulp');
var map = require('event-stream').map;
var Inkscape = require('inkscape');

gulp.task('minify-shapes', function() {   
  return gulp.src('app/assets/shapes/**/*.svg', { buffer:false })
    .pipe(map(function(file, done) {
      var svgConverter = new Inkscape([

      file.contents = file.contents.pipe(svgConverter);
      done(null, file);
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