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CLI to build a template application and widgets using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript
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This CLI will allow you to quickly scaffold various applications for the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.



You will need node v8+.

  • NOTE FOR WINDOWS USERS - You may need to install the Windows-Build-Tools to compile npm modules for this project. npm install --global --production windows-build-tools


From NPM

npm install -g @arcgis/cli

In a terminal, run:

arcgis --help

This will output the following:

Usage: arcgis <name> [dest] -t <type>

  arcgis create <name> [dest]  Create a new application.
  arcgis init [type]           Initialize a new application in current directory
  arcgis widget <name> [type]  Create a new Widget.


Create a new application

$ arcgis create <name> [dest]

Create a new application.

  --version   Show version number                                      [boolean]
  --name, -n  directory and package name for the new app
  --dest      Directory to create the application in           [default: <name>]
  --type, -t  A project template           [choices: "jsapi". "react"] [default: "jsapi"]
  -h, --help  Show help                                                [boolean]

Initialize a new application in current directory

$ arcgis init [type]

Initialize a new application in current directory

  --version   Show version number                                      [boolean]
  --type, -t  A project template           [choices: "jsapi", "react"] [default: "jsapi"]
  -h, --help  Show help                                                [boolean]

Create a new widget

$ arcgis widget <name> [type]

Create a new Widget.

  --version   Show version number                                      [boolean]
  --name, -n  Name of new widget
  --type, -t  A widget template            [choices: "jsapi"] [default: "jsapi"]
  -h, --help  Show help                                                [boolean]

Template Application

The template application is written in TypeScript and utilizes the @arcgis/webpack-plugin.

You can develop, test, and build the application using various commands.

Run the application in development mode with a local development server.

npm start

Run the unit tests for the application

npm test

Build the application for deployment.

npm run build

Run a production build of the application, but serve it up locally to see how the built app will behave.

npm run serve

Use npm run serve to full test that Service Workers are working correctly with webpack-dev-server self signed certificates. Refer to this article on how to run Chrome with proper flags enabled for development purposes.


Find a bug or want to request a new feature enhancement? Let us know by submitting an issue.


Anyone and everyone is welcome to contribute. We do accept pull requests.

  1. Get involved
  2. Report issues
  3. Contribute code
  4. Improve documentation


Copyright 2018 Esri

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

A copy of the license is available in the repository's LICENSE file

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