Setup for local development

Setup a local development environment

The QuickStart live-coding example is an Angular playground. It's not where you'd develop a real application. You should develop locally on your own machine ... and that's also how we think you should learn Angular.

Setting up a new project on your machine is quick and easy with the QuickStart seed, maintained on github.

Make sure you have node and npm installed. Then ...

  1. Create a project folder (you can call it quickstart and rename it later).
  2. Clone or download the QuickStart seed into your project folder.
  3. Install npm packages.
  4. Run npm start to launch the sample application.


Perform the clone-to-launch steps with these terminal commands.

git clone quickstart cd quickstart npm install npm start

npm start fails in Bash for Windows which does not support networking to servers as of January, 2017.


Download the QuickStart seed and unzip it into your project folder. Then perform the remaining steps with these terminal commands.

cd quickstart npm install npm start

npm start fails in Bash for Windows which does not support networking to servers as of January, 2017.

Delete non-essential files (optional)

You can quickly delete the non-essential files that concern testing and QuickStart repository maintenance (including all git-related artifacts such as the .git folder and .gitignore!).

Do this only in the beginning to avoid accidentally deleting your own tests and git setup!

Open a terminal window in the project folder and enter the following commands for your environment:

OS/X (bash)

xargs rm -rf < non-essential-files.osx.txt rm src/app/*.spec*.ts rm non-essential-files.osx.txt


for /f %i in (non-essential-files.txt) do del %i /F /S /Q rd .git /s /q rd e2e /s /q

What's in the QuickStart seed?

The QuickStart seed contains the same application as the QuickStart playground. But its true purpose is to provide a solid foundation for local development. Consequently, there are many more files in the project folder on your machine, most of which you can learn about later.

Focus on the following three TypeScript (.ts) files in the /src folder.

import { Component } from '@angular/core'; @Component({ selector: 'my-app', template: `<h1>Hello {{name}}</h1>` }) export class AppComponent { name = 'Angular'; } import { NgModule } from '@angular/core'; import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser'; import { AppComponent } from './app.component'; @NgModule({ imports: [ BrowserModule ], declarations: [ AppComponent ], bootstrap: [ AppComponent ] }) export class AppModule { } import { platformBrowserDynamic } from '@angular/platform-browser-dynamic'; import { AppModule } from './app/app.module'; platformBrowserDynamic().bootstrapModule(AppModule);

All guides and cookbooks have at least these core files. Each file has a distinct purpose and evolves independently as the application grows.

Files outside src/ concern building, deploying, and testing your app. They include configuration files and external dependencies.

Files inside src/ "belong" to your app. Add new Typescript, HTML and CSS files inside the src/ directory, most of them inside src/app, unless told to do otherwise.

The following are all in src/


Defines the same AppComponent as the one in the QuickStart playground. It is the root component of what will become a tree of nested components as the application evolves.


Defines AppModule, the root module that tells Angular how to assemble the application. Right now it declares only the AppComponent. Soon there will be more components to declare.


Compiles the application with the JIT compiler and bootstraps the application's main module (AppModule) to run in the browser. The JIT compiler is a reasonable choice during the development of most projects and it's the only viable choice for a sample running in a live-coding environment like Plunker. You'll learn about alternative compiling and deployment options later in the documentation.

Next Step

If you're new to Angular, we recommend staying on the learning path.

Appendix: node and npm

Node.js and npm are essential to modern web development with Angular and other platforms. Node powers client development and build tools. The npm package manager, itself a node application, installs JavaScript libraries.

Get them now if they're not already installed on your machine.

Verify that you are running node v4.x.x or higher and npm 3.x.x or higher by running the commands node -v and npm -v in a terminal/console window. Older versions produce errors.

We recommend nvm for managing multiple versions of node and npm. You may need nvm if you already have projects running on your machine that use other versions of node and npm.

Appendix: Why develop locally

Live coding in the browser is a great way to explore Angular.

Links on almost every documentation page open completed samples in the browser. You can play with the sample code, share your changes with friends, and download and run the code on your own machine.

The QuickStart shows just the AppComponent file. It creates the equivalent of app.module.ts and main.ts internally for the playground only. so the reader can discover Angular without distraction. The other samples are based on the QuickStart seed.

As much fun as this is ...

Use the live coding environment as a playground, a place to try the documentation samples and experiment on your own. It's the perfect place to reproduce a bug when you want to file a documentation issue or file an issue with Angular itself.

For real development, we strongly recommend developing locally.