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Backbone Boilerplate framework tool.

Getting Started

Install this Grunt plugin with: npm install -g bbb

To test installation, run the bbb command. You should see something like this:



If you wish to contribute or just want to install from source, simply run the following commands:

# Clone the repository.
git clone git://
# Change directory into it.
cd grunt-bbb
# Update all the submodules recursively.
git submodule update --init --recursive
# Allow bbb to be globally accessible.
sudo npm link


All commands are prefixed with bbb in your terminal. For example the command init below would be executed like this:

$ bbb init

Tasks are defined inside the grunt-bbb project, but also borrowed from other grunt projects: grunt-contrib & grunt-jasmine-task

If you have problems with borrowed tasks, please file issues on the respective projects.


These commands will build out files for you.

init (bbb)

Creates a bare boilerplate project.

init:tutorial (bbb)

Run bbb init before this command

Creates a boilerplate which contains the tutorial.

init:todomvc (bbb)

Run bbb init before this command

Creates a boilerplate which contains the TodoMVC application that utilizes LayoutManager.

init:module (bbb)

Run bbb init before this command

Creates a new module in the app/modules directory.


These commands help you maintain your project.

lint (grunt)

Ensures all your code conforms to JSHint.

list (bbb)

Shows a tree of your application's modules and dependencies.


These commmands help you build your application.

debug (bbb)

Lints all your JavaScript, compiles all your templates to JST (JavaScript Templates), builds your application using RequireJS build tool (figures out dependencies and concatenates all files), and then finally concatenates the templates and application together. This task also swaps out RequireJS for Almond (signficantly smaller filesize AMD manager).

release (bbb)

Everything that debug command does, except the final tasks here are minified CSS and minified JavaScript.

clean (grunt-contrib)

Removes all files inside dist/ directory.

handlebars (grunt-contrib)

Compiles handlebars templates - this requires setup.

jst (grunt-contrib)

Compiles all templates as underscore template functions and outputs them to dist/debug/templates.js.

less (grunt-contrib)

Compiles LESS stylesheets.

mincss (grunt-contrib)

Minifies your CSS into dist/release/index.css.

requirejs (bbb)

Builds out your application using the defaults specified into the root grunt.js file.

server (bbb)

Will by default run with normal files perfect for development and debugging.

server:debug (bbb)

This command serves the same files excepts that your application is mapped to the dist/debug directory. This is mostly useful for detecting issues with the build, since files are not minified.

server:release (bbb)

This command will serve the same was debug except mapping to dist/release instead. This setup is how your application should be deployed.


Copyright (c) 2012 Tim Branyen (@tbranyen)
Licensed under the MIT license.