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The CLI is the officially supported way to create and maintain Dojo 2 apps.

Why use the CLI?

It is designed to save you time by promoting a standardized workflow and automating away more mundane boilerplate tasks.

Single dependency - instead of having to download and configure multiple tools such as webpack, Intern, and tslint, you can just install the CLI and know that all of these tools will work together.

Make the common tasks simple - because you don't need to install and configure the individual tools yourself, you can be sure that the versions being used all work together and they are running with sensible defaults.

Make the advanced tasks possible - you can eject to a custom setup at any time. When you eject, all the configuration and build dependencies of the included tools will be moved into your project. The development process can then be tailored to the specific needs of your project.



You will need node v6+.


You can install from npm:

npm i @dojo/cli -g

In a terminal, run:


This should output the following:

dojo help

Usage: dojo <group> <command> [options]

Hey there, here are all the things you can do with @dojo/cli:

If you don't see the message above, then check that you have installed the CLI with the -g option.

You can list all your global npm dependencies by running:

npm list -g --depth=0

If you don't see @dojo/cli in the list of global dependencies, verify that the installation runs without errors.


The CLI has the following built-in commands:

  • dojo eject - allows users to configure and run command instead of the cli.
  • dojo version - provides information on the versions of installed commands and the cli itself.
  • dojo validate - validates the .dojorc file for all installed commands

In addition to the built-in commands, additional commands are available and will show up in your command list even if they have not been installed.

  • dojo create - provides scaffolding for new Dojo 2 projects.

  • dojo build - for building Dojo 2 applications and custom elements

  • dojo test - for testing Dojo 2 applications

If you try to use a command that is not installed, the CLI will give you instructions on how to install the command.

If you need help, you can use the -h option.

# print help for the CLI, listing all available commands
$ dojo -h

# print help for a single command
$ dojo create -h

Some additional commands are available but must be installed manually via npm.

  • cli-build-webpack - Legacy Dojo2 build command.
  • cli-test-intern - Legacy Dojo2 testing command.


Dojo CLI commands support a JSON configuration file supplied with the --dojorc option; by default, Dojo CLI will look for a file at the root of the project called .dojorc. Each command has a dedicated section in the .dojorc keyed by the command name minus the cli- prefix. For example the command @dojo/cli-build-app has the following section in the .dojorc:

	"build-app": {


Each command supports different .dojorc configuration but every command supports storing command options in the .dojorc that can be overridden by explicitly passing options on the command line:

	"build-app": {
		"build-app-option": "foo"

This configuration would automatically pass the build-app-option: foo to the command but is overridden by passing the option on the command line:

$ dojo build app --build-app-option bar

The .dojorc file will be validated whenever dojo validate is run or an installed command is attempted to be run.

A warning on ejecting

Once you run dojo eject, the dependencies required by the bundled tools (webpack, intern, etc.) are included into your project's package.json and the configuration is added to a config directory in your project root.

This action is one-way and you cannot go back to having the tools managed by the CLI.

How can I contribute?

We appreciate your interest! Please see the Dojo 2 Meta Repository for the Contributing Guidelines.

Code Style

This repository uses prettier for code styling rules and formatting. A pre-commit hook is installed automatically and configured to run prettier against all staged files as per the configuration in the project's package.json.

You format all src and test project files by running:

npm run prettier

Installation of source

To start working with this package, clone the repository and run npm install.

In order to build the project run npm run build or to watch files for local development run npm run watch.


Test cases MUST be written using Intern using the object test interface and assert assertion interface.

90% branch coverage MUST be provided for all code submitted to this repository, as reported by istanbul’s combined coverage results for all supported platforms.

To test locally in node run:

npm run test

Licensing information

© 2018 JS Foundation & contributors. New BSD license.



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