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BoReLESS - Grunt Bower + RequireJS + LESS Boilerplate

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This project is deprecated (no longer actively maintained) in favor or our Gulp BoBrSASS boilerplate. If you still want to stick with Grunt, consider some of the Yeoman generators.

This is a boilerplate to ease builds of web projects utilising good build tools and related utilities, such as Grunt, RequireJS, LESS and Karma.

Unlike Yeoman & other tools, this is a pure Grunt script with full transparency on how the build is handled; there is no magic.


If you don't already have node.js 0.8.x or later, fetch it from In addition we need a few dependencies you may have.

> npm install -g bower grunt-cli

Installing the project itself is easy. Both build system dependencies and app dependencies are triggered by

> npm install

It actually performs a release build, too (to verify that everything is ok).


To trigger debug build

> grunt debug

To trigger debug build and watch for changes

> grunt debug watch

To trigger release build

> grunt release

Running the Service

Most likely the normal grunt server will fail (yet there is no big reason why it should). The system comes with bundled node/express stack, because that is likely you would use for development use, anyway. Start the server in debug mode by

> npm start

Note that if you have run grunt debug in another window, it should be rebuilding your changed pages in the background.

To test the service in release mode, use

> grunt release
> NODE_ENV=production node server/server.js

You most likely want to re-run the tests and reload the files automatically. Start the debug server elsewhere, then run

> grunt monitor

And the build will start to watch the changes in your project, triggering reload when needed.

Extending & Hacking

Project layout


src/             The client-side source code
src/index.html   The HTML entry point, stub page
src/app          Application source code
src/app/main.js  The app JS entry point
src/components   The 3rd party JS dependencies
src/css          The CSS templates

Build System

grunt.js            The Grunt build configuration
components.json     The Bower components
.bowerrc            The Bower directory overrides
package.json        The build level dependencies

Server Stub

server/server.js    The stub static file server
server/package.json The server specific dependencies

Build Results

staging/            Results of the build step
dist/               Minified & optimised version

Using BoReLESS as an Upstream

Upgrading the boilerplate in your project may be tedious work. Once BoReLESS directory structure becomes stable (it might be already, but no guarantees!), you can use it directly as an upstream (here with a name 'boreless').

> git remote add -f boreless

Now synchronizing with BoReLESS becomes easier:

> git pull boreless master

It is possible to use BoReLESS as a subtree, too:

> git subtree add --prefix client --squash master --squash
> git remote add -f boreless
> git fetch boreless master

The example pulls BoReLESS master branch into 'client' subdirectory. The key here is to use '--prefix client' to keep the boilerplate in its own subdirectory. Later on, sync by:

> git subtree pull --prefix client boreless master


  • Use some sensible app boilerplate (or fetch it from another project)
  • Add Cordova builds (or put it its own branch or an example)
  • Add templating language compilation into JS RequireJS modules
  • Add some examples & documentation

Release History

  • 2013/01/16 - v0.1.0 - Initial release
  • 2013/03/10 - v0.2.0 - Update to Grunt 0.4.0
  • 2013/10/12 - v0.3.0 - Add Karma based test automation


Copyright (c) 2013 SC5, licensed for users and contributors under MIT license.