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    AngularFire generator

    Yeoman generator for AngularJS + Firebase (and AngularFire) - lets you quickly set up a project with sensible defaults and best practices.


    For step-by-step instructions on using Yeoman and this generator to build a TODO AngularJS application from scratch see this tutorial.

    Install yo, grunt, bower, generator-angularfire and generator-karma:

    npm install -g generator-angularfire

    Make a new directory, and cd into it:

    mkdir my-new-project && cd $_

    Run yo angularfire, optionally passing an app name:

    yo angularfire [app-name]

    Run grunt for building and grunt serve for preview


    Available generators:


    Sets up a new AngularJS + Firebase app, generating all the boilerplate you need to get started. The app generator also optionally installs Firebase authentication and account management, Bootstrap and additional AngularJS modules, such as angular-resource (installed by default).


    yo angularfire


    Generates a controller and view, and configures a route in app/scripts/app.js connecting them.


    yo angularfire:route myroute

    Produces app/scripts/controllers/myroute.js:

    angular.module('myMod').controller('MyrouteCtrl', function ($scope) {
      // ...

    Produces app/views/myroute.html:

    <p>This is the myroute view</p>

    Explicitly provide route URI


    yo angularfire:route myRoute --uri=my/route

    Produces controller and view as above and adds a route to app/scripts/app.js with URI my/route


    Generates a controller in app/scripts/controllers.


    yo angularfire:controller user

    Produces app/scripts/controllers/user.js:

    angular.module('myMod').controller('UserCtrl', function ($scope) {
      // ...


    Generates a directive in app/scripts/directives.


    yo angularfire:directive myDirective

    Produces app/scripts/directives/myDirective.js:

    angular.module('myMod').directive('myDirective', function () {
      return {
        template: '<div></div>',
        restrict: 'E',
        link: function postLink(scope, element, attrs) {
          element.text('this is the myDirective directive');


    Generates a filter in app/scripts/filters.


    yo angularfire:filter myFilter

    Produces app/scripts/filters/myFilter.js:

    angular.module('myMod').filter('myFilter', function () {
      return function (input) {
        return 'myFilter filter:' + input;


    Generates an HTML view file in app/views.


    yo angularfire:view user

    Produces app/views/user.html:

    <p>This is the user view</p>


    Generates an AngularJS service.


    yo angularfire:service myService

    Produces app/scripts/services/myService.js:

    angular.module('myMod').service('myService', function () {
      // ...

    You can also do yo angularfire:factory, yo angularfire:provider, yo angularfire:value, and yo angularfire:constant for other types of services.


    Generates an AngularJS service decorator.


    yo angularfire:decorator serviceName

    Produces app/scripts/decorators/serviceNameDecorator.js:

    angular.module('myMod').config(function ($provide) {
        $provide.decorator('serviceName', function ($delegate) {
          // ...
          return $delegate;


    In general, these options can be applied to any generator, though they only affect generators that produce scripts.


    For generators that output scripts, the --coffee option will output CoffeeScript instead of JavaScript.

    For example:

    yo angularfire:controller user --coffee

    Produces app/scripts/controller/

      .controller 'UserCtrl'($scope) ->

    A project can mix CoffeScript and JavaScript files.

    To output JavaScript files, even if CoffeeScript files exist (the default is to output CoffeeScript files if the generator finds any in the project), use --coffee=false.

    Minification Safe

    tl;dr: You don't need to write annotated code as the build step will handle it for you.

    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. 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 ng-annotate, a tool that automatically adds these annotations. However, if you'd rather not use it, you have to add these annotations manually yourself. Why would you do that though? If you find a bug in the annotated code, please file an issue at ng-annotate.

    Add to Index

    By default, new scripts are added to the index.html file. However, this may not always be suitable. Some use cases:

    • Manually added to the file
    • Auto-added by a 3rd party plugin
    • Using this generator as a subgenerator

    To skip adding them to the index, pass in the skip-add argument:

    yo angularfire:service serviceName --skip-add

    Bower Components

    The following packages are always installed by the app generator:

    • angular
    • angular-mocks
    • firebase

    The following additional modules are available as components on bower, and installable via bower install:

    • angular-animate
    • angular-aria
    • angular-cookies
    • angular-messages
    • angular-resource
    • angular-sanitize

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

    json3 and es5-shim have been removed as Angular 1.3 has dropped IE8 support and that is the last version that needed these shims. If you still require these, you can include them with: bower install --save json3 es5-shim. wiredep should add them to your index.html file but if not you can manually add them.


    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:

      "name": "yo-test",
      "version": "0.0.0",
      "appPath": "public"

    This will cause Yeoman-generated client-side files to be placed in public.

    Note that you can also achieve the same results by adding an --appPath option when starting generator:

    yo angularfire [app-name] --appPath=public


    Running grunt test will run the unit tests with karma.


    Recent changes can be viewed on Github on the Releases Page


    BSD license


    npm i generator-angularfire

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