Yeoman generator for AngularJS with an Express server
Based on generator-angular
It generates a simple Express server in
grunt server will watch files inside
server/ and will restart the Express server when a change is detected.
It also add the option to use Jade to generate html files. Jade files are generated in
npm install -g generator-angularexpress
Make a new directory, and
cd into it:
mkdir my-new-project && cd $_
yo angularexpress, optionally passing an app name:
yo angularexpress [app-name]
Note: Generators are to be run from the root directory of your app.
Sets up a new AngularJS app, generating all the boilerplate you need to get started. The app generator also optionally installs Twitter Bootstrap and additional AngularJS modules, such as angular-resource.
Generates a controller and view, and configures a route in
app/scripts/app.js connecting them.
yo angularexpress:route myroute
This is the myroute view
Generates a controller in
yo angularexpress:controller user
Generates a directive in
yo angularexpress:directive myDirective
Generates a filter in
yo angularexpress:filter myFilter
Generates an HTML view file in
yo angularexpress:view user
This is the user view
Generates an AngularJS service.
yo angularexpress:service myService
You can also do
yo angularexpress:value, and
yo angularexpress:constant for other types of services.
Generates an AngularJS service decorator.
yo angularexpress:decorator serviceName
In general, these options can be applied to any generator, though they only affect generators that produce scripts.
For generators that output scripts, the
yo angularexpress:controller user --coffee
the generator finds any in the project), use
By default, generators produce unannotated code. Without annotations, AngularJS's DI system will break when minified. Typically, these annotations that make minification safe are added automatically at build-time, after application files are concatenated, but before they are minified. By providing the
--minsafe option, the code generated will out-of-the-box be ready for minification. The trade-off is between amount of boilerplate, and build process complexity.
yo angularexpress:controller user --minsafe
The annotations are important because minified code will rename variables, making it impossible for AngularJS to infer module names based solely on function parameters.
The recommended build process uses
ngmin, a tool that automatically adds these annotations. However, if you'd rather not use
ngmin, you have to add these annotations manually yourself.
By default, new scripts are added to the index.html or index.jade file. However, this may not always be suitable. Some use cases:
To skip adding them to the index, pass in the skip-add argument:
yo angularexpress:service serviceName --skip-add
The following packages are always installed by the app generator:
The following additional modules are available as components on bower, and installable via
All of these can be updated with
bower update as new versions of AngularJS are released.
Yeoman generated projects can be further tweaked according to your needs by modifying project files appropriately.
You can change the
app directory by adding a
appPath property to
bower.json. For instance, if you wanted to easily integrate with Express.js, you could add the following:
This will cause Yeoman-generated client-side files to be placed in
grunt test will run the unit tests with karma.
See the contributing docs
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, 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.