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AngularJS + Express Full Stack Generator

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


  • Express server integrated with grunt tasks
  • Livereload of client and server files
  • Support for Jade and CoffeeScript
  • Easy deployment workflow.
  • Optional MongoDB integration
  • Optional Passport integration for adding user accounts

Example project

Generated by saying yes to all questions:

Note: Demo is running on heroku free instance, so you will likely have to refresh for it to load.

Have a look at the source code:


Install generator-angular-fullstack:

npm install -g 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]


Launch your express server in development mode.

grunt serve

Launch your express server in production mode, uses the minified/optimized production folder.

grunt serve:dist


grunt serve will watch client files in app/, and server files inside lib/, restarting the Express server when a change is detected.


To generate a dist folder that can easily be deployed use:


This will run unit tests, jshint, concatenate and minify scripts/css, compress images, add css vendor prefixes, and finally copy all files to a tidy dist folder.

Alternatively to skip tests and jshint, use:

grunt build

Heroku Deployment

We provide an extremely simplifed deployment process for heroku.

yo angular-fullstack:deploy heroku generates a dist folder that is deployment ready for

Create and Deploy an app in 4 steps

  1. mkdir foo && cd foo

  2. yo angular-fullstack

  3. yo angular-fullstack:deploy heroku

  4. cd dist && git push heroku master

  5. Optional (if using mongoDB) heroku addons:add mongohq

That's it! Your app should be live and shareable. Type heroku open to view it.

Setting up Route authorization

If your app uses the Passport boilerplate for accounts, you'll of course want to restrict access to certain client routes/api routes.

For protecting server API routes, we can use the auth middleware, which will send a 401 unauthorized error if a user makes a request without being logged in.

For protecting client routes, we automatically handle 401s sent from the server by redirecting you to the login page.

However, as this will load part of the page before redirecting, it will cause a flicker. So this should only be used as a fallback mechanism. A better way to handle restricted pages is to mark the routes on the client side that you want to require authentication for.

You can easily do this from your app.js by adding the following to any client routes that need protecting.

 authenticate: true

This redirects the user to the login page before attempting to load the new route, avoiding the flicker.

Please keep in mind this client routing is only for improving the user interface. Anyone with chrome developer tools can easily get around it and view pages they're not supposed to see.

This is not a problem as long as you secure your server API routes, ensuring that you don't give any sensitive information unless the user is authenticated or authorized.

How do I only let users authorized access an api route?

Similarly to how the auth middleware checks if a user authenticated before going to the next route, you could easily make an ensureAuthorized middleware that checks the users role, or some other field, before sending them to the protected route, otherwise it sends a 403 error.


Available Angular generators:

Available Fullstack generators:

Note: Generators are to be run from the root directory of your app.

All of the generator-angular client side generators are available, but aliased using angular-fullstack.

They are aliased to ensure the files they generate are added to the correct folders and that the index.(html/jade) is updated properly.

Read more on them from the offical generator angular documentation

Fullstack specific generators


Initalizes a heroku app and generates a dist folder which is ready to push to heroku.


yo angular-fullstack:deploy heroku

After app modifications run:

grunt build

then commit and push the dist folder.


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


For generators that output views, the --jade option will output Jade instead of HTML.

For example:

yo angular-fullstack --jade

Changes the rendering engine from EJS to Jade, and generates your views as jade files instead of HTML.

Assets that will be minified or compressed such as scripts, styles, and images, must still use normal html tags so they can be picked up by grunt-usemin and compressed for production builds.


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

For example:

yo angular-fullstack: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


Related Issue #452: This option is being removed in future versions of the generator.

By default, generators produce unannotated code. Without annotations, AngularJS's DI system will break when minified. ngMin is used to add these annotations before minification.

Add to Index

By default, new scripts are added to the index 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 angular-fullstack:service serviceName --skip-add

Bower Components

The following packages are always installed by the app generator:

  • angular
  • angular-mocks
  • angular-scenario

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

  • angular-cookies
  • angular-loader
  • angular-resource
  • angular-sanitize

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


Running 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.


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