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Angular CLI

NOTE: this documentation is for Angular CLI 6. For Angular CLI Version 7 and later go here and 1.x go here instead.


The Angular CLI is a tool to initialize, develop, scaffold and maintain Angular applications

Getting Started

To install the Angular CLI:

npm install -g @angular/cli

If you get an error installing the CLI, this is an issue with your local npm setup on your machine, not a problem in Angular CLI. Please have a look at the fixing npm permissions page, common errors page, npm issue tracker, or open a new issue if the problem you are experiencing isn't known. To install a different version, see below.

Generating and serving an Angular project via a development server Create and run a new project:

ng new my-project
cd my-project
ng serve

Navigate to http://localhost:4200/. The app will automatically reload if you change any of the source files.


All builds make use of bundling, and using the --prod flag in ng build --prod or ng serve --prod will also make use of uglifying and tree-shaking functionality.

Running unit tests

ng test

Tests will execute after a build is executed via Karma, and it will automatically watch your files for changes. You can run tests a single time via --watch=false or --single-run.

Running end-to-end tests

ng e2e

Before running the tests make sure you are serving the app via ng serve. End-to-end tests are run via Protractor.

Additional Commands

Angular CLI Workspace Schema

Additional Information

There are several stories which will walk you through setting up additional aspects of Angular applications.

Installing a specific version

The CLI is installed both globally (the command above with the -g argument to npm install) and also within the project. To install a different version of the CLI, you can just update the version locally within your project. The globally installed package will always delegate to the local one.

There are several different versions available at any time:

  • Install a previous version, maybe because of a bug in the latest version. For example to get 6.0.2: npm install @angular/cli@6.0.2
  • Install the pre-release of a newer minor/major version, to try new features. For example to get 7.0.0-beta.3: npm install @angular/cli@next. Note that the @next version is only useful during beta periods.
  • Install a snapshot build from the latest passing run of our CI (angular-cli/master). This is useful if an issue was just fixed or a new feature just landed on master, but is not yet released: npm install @angular/cli@github:angular/cli-builds (or maybe better, find the particular SHA that you want to try: npm install @angular/cli@github:angular/cli-builds#0123456789abcdef)
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