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    Generate a file or code snippet from any user-defined template.


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    Install generate and generate-snippet:

    $ npm install --global generate generate-snippet

    Generate a snippet

    Initiate a prompt to generate any arbitrary snippet from the ~/templates directory (in user home on your system):

    $ gen snippet


    Any .json files in ~/templates/data will be automatically loaded onto the context.

    Data conventions

    The basename of each .json file will be used as the root property for the object contained in the JSON file. For example, if button.json has the following contents:

      "text": "Click me!"

    It will be loaded onto the context as:

      button: {
        text: 'Click me!'


    If data.json is used, its contents will be loaded onto the "root" of the context. For example:

      "text": "Click me!"

    Will be loaded onto the context as:

      text: 'Click me!'

    What is "Generate"?

    Generate is a command line tool and developer framework for scaffolding out new GitHub projects using generators and tasks.

    Answers to prompts and the user's environment can be used to determine the templates, directories, files and contents to build. Support for gulp, base and assemble plugins, and much more.

    For more information:

    Getting started


    Installing the CLI

    To run the snippet generator from the command line, you'll need to install Generate globally first. You can do that now with the following command:

    $ npm install --global generate

    This adds the gen command to your system path, allowing it to be run from any directory.

    Install generate-snippet

    Install this module with the following command:

    $ npm install --global generate-snippet


    Run this generator's default task with the following command:

    $ gen snippet

    What you should see in the terminal

    If completed successfully, you should see both starting and finished events in the terminal, like the following:

    [00:44:21] starting ...
    [00:44:22] finished ✔

    If you do not see one or both of those events, please let us know about it.


    To see a general help menu and available commands for Generate's CLI, run:

    $ gen help


    All available tasks.


    Prompts you to choose a snippet from ~/snippets/templates to generate to the current working directory or specified --dest. You can optionally store default data to use for rendering templates in ~/snippets/data, where the name of each .json file matches the name of a snippet. General data can be stored in ~/snippets/data/data.json.


    $ gen snippet

    Visit Generate's documentation for tasks.

    Next steps

    Running unit tests

    It's never too early to begin running unit tests. When you're ready to get started, the following command will ensure the project's dependencies are installed then run all of the unit tests:

    $ npm install && test

    Publishing your generator

    If you're tests are passing and you're ready to publish your generator to npm, you can do that now with the following command:

    Are you sure you're ready?!

    Let's go!

    $ npm publish


    Related projects


    Are you using Generate in your project? Have you published a generator and want to share your project with the world?

    Here are some suggestions!

    • If you get like Generate and want to tweet about it, please feel free to mention @generatejs or use the #generatejs hashtag
    • Show your love by starring Generate and generate-snippet
    • Get implementation help on StackOverflow (please use the generatejs tag in questions)
    • Gitter Discuss Generate with us on Gitter
    • If you publish an generator, thank you! To make your project as discoverable as possible, please add the keyword generategenerator to package.json.


    Pull requests and stars are always welcome. For bugs and feature requests, please create an issue.

    Running tests

    Install dev dependencies:

    $ npm install -d && npm test


    Jon Schlinkert


    Copyright © 2016, Jon Schlinkert. Released under the MIT license.

    This file was generated by verb-generate-readme, v0.1.30, on August 19, 2016.


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