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Yeoman generator for AngularJS + Express


yeoman angular generator with express

Install generator-express-angular:

npm install -g generator-express-angular

Make a new directory, and cd into it:

mkdir my-new-project && cd $_

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

yo express-angular [app-name]

Available generators:

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.


yo express-angular

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


yo express-angular: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>

Generates a controller in app/scripts/controllers.


yo express-angular:controller user

Produces app/scripts/controllers/user.js:

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

Generates a directive in app/scripts/directives.


yo express-angular: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 express-angular: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 express-angular:view user

Produces app/views/user.html:

<p>This is the user view</p>

Generates an AngularJS service.


yo express-angular:service myService

Produces app/scripts/services/myService.js:

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

There are options for each of the methods for registering services. For more on using these services, see the module API AngularJS documentation.

Invoked with --factory

This is the default method when creating a service. Running yo express-angular:service myService --factory is the same as running yo express-angular:service myService

Invoked with --service

Invoked with --value

Invoked with --constant

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 express-angular:controller user --coffee

Produces app/scripts/controller/

  .controller 'UserCtrl'($scope) ->

A project can mix CoffeScript and JavaScript files.

By default, generators produce unannotated code. Without annotations, AngularJS's DI system will break when minified. Typically, these annotations the 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 express-angular:controller user --minsafe

Produces app/controller/user.js:

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


angular.module('myMod').controller('MyCtrl', function ($scope, $http, myService) {
  // ... 


  ['$scope', '$http', 'myService', function ($scope, $http, myService) {
    // ...