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Yeoman generator for creating MEAN stack applications, using MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node

AngularJS Full-Stack generator

Yeoman generator for creating MEAN stack applications, using MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node - lets you quickly set up a project following best practices.

Source code:

Install yo, grunt-cli/gulp-cli, bower, and generator-angular-fullstack:

npm install -g yo grunt-cli gulp-cli bower generator-angular-fullstack

Make a new directory, and cd into it:

mkdir my-new-project && cd $_

Run yo angular-fullstack, optionally passing an app name:

yo angular-fullstack [app-name]

Run grunt for building, grunt serve for preview, and grunt serve:dist for a preview of the built app.

  • MongoDB - Download and Install MongoDB - If you plan on scaffolding your project with mongoose, you'll need mongoDB to be installed and have the mongod process running.


  • Build Systems: Grunt, Gulp
  • Testing:
    • Jasmine
    • Mocha + Chai + Sinon
      • Chai assertions:
        • Expect
        • Should


  • Scripts: Babel, TypeScript
  • Markup: HTML, Jade
  • Stylesheets: CSS, Stylus, Sass, Less
  • Angular Routers: ngRoute, ui-router
  • CSS Frameworks: Bootstrap
    • Option to include UI Bootstrap


  • Scripts: Babel
  • Database:
    • None,
    • MongoDB, SQL
      • Authentication boilerplate: Yes, No
      • oAuth integrations: Facebook Twitter Google
      • integration: Yes, No

A grunt task looks for new files in your client/app and client/components folder and automatically injects them in the appropriate places based on an injection block.

  • less files into client/app/app.less
  • scss files into client/app/app.scss
  • stylus files into client/app/app.styl
  • css files into client/index.html
  • js files into client/index.html
  • babel temp js files into client/index.html

Available generators:

Sets up a new AngularJS + Express app, generating all the boilerplate you need to get started.


  yo angular-fullstack:app [options] [<name>]
  -h,   --help          # Print the generator's options and usage
        --skip-cache    # Do not remember prompt answers                        Default: false
        --skip-install  # Do not install dependencies                           Default: false
        --app-suffix    # Allow a custom suffix to be added to the module name  Default: App
  name    Type: String  Required: false


yo angular-fullstack

Generates a new API endpoint.


  yo angular-fullstack:endpoint [options] <name>
  -h,   --help               # Print the generator's options and usage
        --skip-cache         # Do not remember prompt answers           Default: false
        --route              # URL for the endpoint
        --models             # Specify which model(s) to use            Options: mongoose, sequelize
        --endpointDirectory  # Parent directory for enpoints
  name    Type: String  Required: true


yo angular-fullstack:endpoint message
[?] What will the url of your endpoint be? /api/messages


server/api/message/message.model.js  (optional)
server/api/message/ (optional)
server/api/message/message.socket.js (optional)

Generates a new route.


yo angular-fullstack:route myroute
[?] What module name would you like to use? myApp
[?] Where would you like to create this route? client/app/
[?] What will the url of your route be? /myroute



Generates a controller.


yo angular-fullstack:controller user
[?] Where would you like to create this controller? client/app/



Generates a directive.


yo angular-fullstack:directive myDirective
[?] Where would you like to create this directive? client/app/
[?] Does this directive need an external html file? Yes



Simple directive without an html file


yo angular-fullstack:directive simple
[?] Where would you like to create this directive? client/app/
[?] Does this directive need an external html file? No



Generates a filter.


yo angular-fullstack:filter myFilter
[?] Where would you like to create this filter? client/app/



Generates an AngularJS service.


yo angular-fullstack:service myService
[?] Where would you like to create this service? client/app/



You can also do yo angular-fullstack:factory and yo angular-fullstack:provider for other types of services.

Generates an AngularJS service decorator.


yo angular-fullstack:decorator serviceName
[?] Where would you like to create this decorator? client/app/



Deploying to OpenShift can be done in just a few steps:

yo angular-fullstack:openshift

A live application URL will be available in the output.


If you're using any oAuth strategies, you must set environment variables for your selected oAuth. For example, if we're using Facebook oAuth we would do this :

rhc set-env FACEBOOK_ID=id -a my-openshift-app
rhc set-env FACEBOOK_SECRET=secret -a my-openshift-app

You will also need to set DOMAIN environment variable:

rhc set-env DOMAIN=<your-openshift-app-name>

# or (if you're using it):

rhc set-env DOMAIN=<your-custom-domain>

After you've set the required environment variables, restart the server:

rhc app-restart -a my-openshift-app

To make your deployment process easier consider using grunt-build-control.

Pushing Updates


Commit and push the resulting build, located in your dist folder:

grunt buildcontrol:openshift

Deploying to heroku only takes a few steps.

yo angular-fullstack:heroku

To work with your new heroku app using the command line, you will need to run any heroku commands from the dist folder.

If you're using mongoDB you will need to add a database to your app:

heroku addons:create mongolab

Your app should now be live. To view it run heroku open.

If you're using any oAuth strategies, you must set environment variables for your selected oAuth. For example, if we're using Facebook oAuth we would do this :

heroku config:set FACEBOOK_ID=id
heroku config:set FACEBOOK_SECRET=secret

You will also need to set DOMAIN environment variable:

heroku config:set DOMAIN=<your-heroku-app-name>

# or (if you're using it):

heroku config:set DOMAIN=<your-custom-domain>

To make your deployment process easier consider using grunt-build-control.


Commit and push the resulting build, located in your dist folder:

grunt buildcontrol:heroku

The following packages are always installed by the app generator:

  • angular
  • angular-cookies
  • angular-mocks
  • angular-resource
  • angular-sanitize
  • es5-shim
  • font-awesome
  • json3
  • jquery
  • lodash

These packages are installed optionally depending on your configuration:

  • angular-route
  • angular-ui-router
  • angular-socket-io
  • angular-bootstrap
  • bootstrap

All of these can be updated with bower update as new versions are released.

Yeoman generated projects can be further tweaked according to your needs by modifying project files appropriately.

A .yo-rc file is generated for helping you copy configuration across projects, and to allow you to keep track of your settings. You can change this as you see fit.

Running grunt test will run the client and server unit tests with karma and mocha.

Use grunt test:server to only run server tests.

Use grunt test:client to only run client tests.

Protractor tests

To setup protractor e2e tests, you must first run

npm run update-webdriver

Use grunt test:e2e to have protractor go through tests located in the e2e folder.

Code Coverage

Use grunt test:coverage to run mocha-istanbul and generate code coverage reports.

coverage/server will be populated with e2e and unit folders containing the lcov reports.

The coverage taget has 3 available options:

  • test:coverage:unit generate server unit test coverage
  • test:coverage:e2e generate server e2e test coverage
  • test:coverage:check combine the coverage reports and check against predefined thresholds
  • when no option is given test:coverage runs all options in the above order


Use grunt serve:debug for a more debugging-friendly environment.

Keeping your app secrets and other sensitive information in source control isn't a good idea. To have grunt launch your app with specific environment variables, add them to the git ignored environment config file: server/config/local.env.js.


├── client
│   ├── app                 - All of our app specific components go in here
│   ├── assets              - Custom assets: fonts, images, etc…
│   ├── components          - Our reusable components, non-specific to to our app
├── e2e                     - Our protractor end to end tests
└── server
    ├── api                 - Our apps server api
    ├── auth                - For handling authentication with different auth strategies
    ├── components          - Our reusable or app-wide components
    ├── config              - Where we do the bulk of our apps configuration
    │   └── local.env.js    - Keep our environment variables out of source control
    │   └── environment     - Configuration specific to the node environment
    └── views               - Server rendered views

An example client component in client/app

├── main.js                 - Routes
├── main.controller.js      - Controller for our main route
├── main.controller.spec.js - Test
├── main.html               - View
└── main.less               - Styles

An example server component in server/api

├── index.js                - Routes
├── thing.controller.js     - Controller for our `thing` endpoint
├── thing.model.js          - Database model
├── thing.socket.js         - Register socket events
└── thing.spec.js           - Test

See the contributing docs

This project has 2 main branches: master and canary. The master branch is where the current stable code lives and should be used for production setups. The canary branch is the main development branch, this is where PRs should be submitted to (backport fixes may be applied to master).

By separating the current stable code from the cutting-edge development we hope to provide a stable and efficient workflow for users and developers alike.

When submitting an issue, please follow the guidelines. Especially important is to make sure Yeoman is up-to-date, and providing the command or commands that cause the issue.

When submitting a PR, make sure that the commit messages match the AngularJS conventions.

When submitting a bugfix, try to write a test that exposes the bug and fails before applying your fix. Submit the test alongside the fix.

When submitting a new feature, add tests that cover the feature.

See the travis.yml for configuration required to run tests.

BSD license

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