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Espresso README

Espresso: The-M-Projects build tools using node.js



To install espresso you need Node.js >= 0.4 and either git or npm.

Install via NPM

You can install espresso with the help of NPM:

npm install espresso -g

The "-g" option is needed for npm >= 1.0.

Install via git

If you don't want to use NPM, you can check out the project with git, init the submodules and create an alias.

  1. Install node.js. see description here

  2. Checkout Espresso:

    git clone

  3. Initialize submodules:

    git submodule update --init

  4. Create an alias:

    alias espresso='/path/to/Espresso/bin/espresso.js'


  1. Create a new HelloWorld project:

    espresso init --project HelloWorld --example

  2. Build it:

    cd HelloWorld && espresso build

  3. Run the development server:

    espresso server

  4. Generate new files

    espresso generate -c testcontroller -v testview -m testmodel

This command will generate a new model, a new view and a new controller.

Installing node.js on Windows

Read the instructions here


All license information about Espresso and used third-party components can be found in the LICENSE file, Or in the concrete third-party component.