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Angular - Setup Development Environment

This is a quick post to show how to setup an Angular development machine.

Steps

Follow the below steps to setup an Angular development environment and test it by downloading and running an example Angular application.

  1. Install Node.js and npm
  2. Install the Angular CLI
  3. Install the Git CLI
  4. Install Visual Studio Code
  5. Run an example Angular application (optional)


1. Install Node.js and npm

Node.js and npm are the runtime and command line tools required to build and run Angular applications.

Node.js is a javascript runtime environment that enables you to run js code outside of a browser, and npm is a package manager used to download javascript packages built to run on Node. They come bundled together when you install Node.js.

Angular is built on top of Node.js, the Angular framework itself and the Angular CLI are both packages available on npm.

Download

Download Node.js and npm from https://nodejs.org.

Install

Install Node.js and npm by opening the downloaded installer and following the prompts.

Test

Test that Node.js and npm were installed successfully by running the commands node -v and npm -v.


2. Install the Angular CLI

The Angular CLI is the de facto command line tool used to develop, build and test Angular applications. For more info see https://cli.angular.io.

Install

Install the Angular CLI globally by running the command npm i -g @angular/cli.

Test

Test that the Angular CLI was installed successfully by running the command ng --version.


3. Install the Git CLI

The Git CLI is the command line interface used for cloning and interacting with git repositories (e.g. projects on GitHub). For more info see https://git-scm.com/book.

Download

Download the Git CLI from https://git-scm.com/downloads.

Install

Install the Git CLI by opening the downloaded installer and following the prompts.

Test

Test that the Git CLI was installed successfully by running the command git --version.


4. Download and Install Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

VS Code is a free code editor that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Download

Download VS Code from https://code.visualstudio.com/.

Install

Install Visual Studio Code by opening the downloaded setup file and following the prompts.

Test

Launch VS Code to test that it installed correctly.


5. Run an example Angular application (optional)

Your Angular development environment is now setup and ready to go!

This is an optional step to test out your new Angular dev environment. Follow the below steps to clone and run an example Angular application that includes user registration, login and user management features. Full details about the example app are available at Angular 9 - User Registration and Login Example & Tutorial.

  1. Clone the Angular project from GitHub with the command git clone https://github.com/cornflourblue/angular-9-registration-login-example.git
  2. Navigate into the project root folder with the command cd angular-9-registration-login-example
  3. Install the project npm package dependencies by running npm install or npm i
  4. Start the app by running npm start or ng serve --open, this will compile the Angular app and automatically launch it in a browser on the URL http://localhost:4200

 

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