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ADF application generator for Yeoman

An extension for the Yeoman generator to create minimal Alfresco ADF applications.


See the following page for an introduction to the Alfresco Application Development Framework.


Before you start using this development framework and the generator, make sure you have installed all required software and done all the necessary configuration, see this page.

Installing Node.js and NPM

Install the LTS (Long-Term Support) version of the Node.js:


You can use the official macOS installer from the page, it includes the NPM as well.


Use this article to get details on how to install Node.js and NPM on Ubuntu:

It is important to install the developer tools:

sudo apt install build-essential


Use this article to get details on how to install Node.js and NPM on CentOS:

It is important to install the developer tools:

sudo yum install gcc-c++ make

Installing Yeoman

First, install the Yeoman tool:

npm install -g yo

Installing the App Generator

Use the following command to install the Alfresco App Generator for the Yeoman:

npm install -g generator-alfresco-adf-app

To install a specific version, use @ followed by the version.

npm install -g generator-alfresco-adf-app@WHERSION_YOU_WANT

Some tags in the project may not be available in npm. See available versions for npm

Generating a New Application Project

First, move in the folder where you want create your project.

yo alfresco-adf-app

You will need to run the following scripts in the generated folder:

npm install
npm start

Commands above install all project dependencies, start the project and watch for changes.

Alternatively you can use generator with install switch to trigger automatic installation of dependencies via npm install script:

yo alfresco-adf-app --install

Activiti 7

For the projects running with Activiti 7 you need to update the app.config.json with the list of the apps to use.

For example:

  "alfresco-deployed-apps" : [{"name": "simple-app"}]  

For more information about the app list component refer to the documentation

Using from the Command Line

You can use the generator in the unattended mode by providing all necessary options from the command line:

yo ng2-alfresco-app -n app2 -b adf-cli-aps-template -i


Name Alias Type Description
--name=<value> -n <value> string Application name
--blueprint=<value> -b <value> string Blueprint name
--install -i boolean Install dependencies upon generation

Default blueprint names:

  • adf-cli-acs-aps-template
  • adf-cli-acs-template
  • adf-cli-aps-template

Updating Generator

npm update -g generator-alfresco-adf-app

Getting Current Version

Show current version generator-alfresco-adf-app installed

npm ls -g generator-alfresco-adf-app

Contributing to the Generator

  1. Fork it!
  2. Create your feature branch: git checkout -b my-new-feature
  3. Make some changes
  4. Add the changes to the index: git add .
  5. Commit your changes: git commit -m 'Add some feature'
  6. Push to the branch: git push origin my-new-feature
  7. Submit a pull request

To Contribute to the existing code base, add test cases to cover the new behaviour, and make sure all the existing tests are still green.

To test the generator:

npm test

To scaffold app from local changes:

yo <cloned project path>


yo ../generator-alfresco-adf-app # this generates from the local changes

Extending the Blueprints

In order to add a new blueprint just put the project template to the app/templates folder.

Requirements for new projects:

  • must contain package.json file
  • the package.json file must contain at least name and version attributes

Debugging Generator

# OS X / Linux
DEBUG=yeoman:generator yo alfresco-adf-app

# Windows
set DEBUG=yeoman:generator & yo alfresco-adf-app

More on debugging generators.


For detailed changelog, see Releases.


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