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    angular-material-tools Build Status

    Tool that generates custom Angular-Material v1.x builds, consisting of:

    • JS files for a set Material components.
    • CSS for a set of components.
    • Static theme files.
    • Layout CSS, separated from the specific component styling.

    Support for Angular Material v2 may be added in the future.

    Quick Links


    • npm install angular-material-tools --save


    material-tools can be easily used from the command-line or from your own custom NodeJS code. The build tools also include a CLI, which can be used by installing the tools globally.

    • npm install -g angular-material-tools


    Name Type Description
    destination (*) string Target location for the Material build.
    modules string[] Modules that should be part of the build.
    All modules will be built if nothing is specified.
    version string Version of Angular Material.
    If set to local, it will take the local installed Angular Material version from the node modules.
    If set to latest, the latest version will be downloaded.
    theme MdTheme Material Theme to be used to generate a static theme stylesheet.
    themes MdTheme[] Multiple Material Themes, which are used to generated a static stylesheet.
    cache string Directory for caching the downloads
    mainFilename string Name of the entry file that will be loaded to figure out the dependencies.
    destinationFilename string Name to be used as a base for the output files.

    Note: The options can be set in a JSON file whose path can be passed to the CLI or API.

    CLI usage

    To create a custom Angular Material build with the command-line interface (CLI), you can pass the options as CLI arguments.

    All possible options in the CLI can be listed with the command:

    • material-tools --help

    The CLI includes the following commands:

    Name Arguments Description
    <arguments> Everything from options Default command that builds all files.
    material-tools js <arguments> Everything from options Only builds the JS files.
    material-tools css <arguments> Everything from options Only builds the CSS files
    material-tools theme <arguments> Everything from options

    Builds the theme files for a single theme.
    material-tools themes <arguments> Everything from options

    Builds the theme files for an array of themes.


    material-tools --destination ./output --modules list datepicker autocomplete --version 1.0.0

    When a version is not specified, the CLI will automatically use the installed Angular Material version from your local node_modules directory.

    material-tools -d ./output -m list

    NodeJS usage

    const MaterialTools = require('angular-material-tools');
    let tools = new MaterialTools({
      destination: './output',
      version: '1.0.0',
      modules: ['menu', 'checkbox'],
      theme: {
        primaryPalette: 'indigo',
        accentPalette: 'purple',
        warnPalette: 'deep-orange',
        backgroundPalette: 'grey'
    const successHandler = () => console.log('Build was successful.');
    const errorHandler = error => console.error(error);
;         // Build all JS/CSS/themes
'js').then(successHandler).catch(errorHandler);     // Only build the JS.'theme').then(successHandler).catch(errorHandler);  // Only build the theme.'css').then(successHandler).catch(errorHandler);    // Only build the CSS
    // You can also build a subset of files.'css', 'js');   // Builds both the CSS and the JS.

    Output Files

    File Description
    angular-material.js Contains the modules that you specified, as well as their dependencies.
    angular-material.css CSS files that has the modules you selected, as well as the layout CSS and core CSS.
    angular-material.layout-none.css Only contains the modules that you selected, in addition to the core structural CSS.
    angular-material.themes.css Static generated theme stylesheet, which includes all generated themes.
    angular-material.layouts.css Standalone Layout stylesheet with class selectors
    angular-material.layout-attributes.css Standalone Layout stylesheet with attribute selectors


    Developers are able to easily build a static theme stylesheet

      destination: './myBuild',
      version: '1.1.0-rc.5',
      modules: ['list'],
      theme: {
        primaryPalette: 'blue',
        accentPalette: 'grey'

    In some cases you may want to have multiple themes in your application.

      themes: [{
        name: 'firstTheme',
        primaryPalette: 'red'
      }, {
        name: 'secondTheme',
        primaryPalette: 'blue'

    It is also possible to use custom palettes for your static theme.

      theme: {
        primaryPalette: 'light-orange',
        accentPalette: 'blue'
      palettes: {
        'light-orange': {
          '50': 'FBE9E7',
          '100': 'FFCCBC',
          '200': 'FFAB91',
          '300': 'FF8A65',
          '400': 'FF7043',
          '500': 'FF7043',
          '600': 'F4511E',
          '700': 'E64A19',
          '800': 'D84315',
          '900': 'BF360C',
          'A100': 'FF9E80',
          'A200': 'FF6E40',
          'A400': 'FF3D00',
          'A700': 'DD2C00',
          'contrastDefaultColor': 'light',
          'contrastDarkColors': ['50', '100', '200', '300', '400', 'A100', 'A200'],
          'contrastStrongLightColors': ['500', '600', '700', '800', '900', 'A400', 'A700']

    Sometimes you want to create a custom palette which is based on another one.

    Material Tools provides an easy way to extend palettes.

      theme: {
        primaryPalette: 'darkerRed',
        accentPalette: 'blue'
      palettes: {
        'darkerRed': {
          extends: 'red',
          contrastDefaultColor: 'dark'


    If you've cloned the repo, a quick way to explore NodeJS usages is to directly run TypeScript without precompiling processes. Developers can use ts-node which is installed with:

    # Install a TypeScript compiler (requires `typescript` by default). 
    npm install -g ts-node typescript

    Then use the command-line to directly run the debug.ts sample from the project root:

    ts-node debug.ts

    which will generate the output:

    [13:37:00]: Successfully built list, core, animate, layout, gestures, theming, palette,
                datepicker, icon, virtualRepeat, showHide.





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