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@@ -7,7 +7,11 @@ Electron Forge
[![license](https://img.shields.io/github/license/MarshallOfSound/electron-forge.svg)](https://github.com/MarshallOfSound/electron-forge/blob/master/LICENSE)
![status](https://img.shields.io/badge/Status-%20Ready%20for%20Awesome-red.svg)

> The simple way to get started with Electron
A complete tool for building modern Electron applications.

Electron Forge unifies the existing (and well maintained) build tools for
Electron development into a simple, easy to use package so that anyone can
jump right in to Electron development.

# Getting Started

@@ -18,32 +22,21 @@ cd my-new-app
electron-forge start
```

# Urgh, really... Another build tool

Funnily enough, no :D. This is not another build tool, `electron-forge` simply
unifies the existing (and well maintained) build tools for Electron development
into one, simple, easy to use package so that anyone can just jump right in
to Electron development.

# So what's the point
# Project Goals

This project has a few main goals.

1. Starting with Electron should be as simple as a single command
2. Developers shouldn't have to worry about `babel`, `browserify`, `webpack` or
any of that nonsense. Everything should just work for them out of the box.
1. Starting with Electron should be as simple as a single command.
2. Developers shouldn't have to worry about `babel`, `browserify`, `webpack`,
etc. Everything should "just work" for them out of the box.
3. Everything from creating the project to packaging the project for release
should be handled by one dependency in a standard way while still offering users
maximum choice and freedom.

With these goals in mind, under the hood this project uses
[`electron-compile`](https://github.com/electron/electron-compile): a tool
that lets you use modern and futuristic langauges inside Electron without
that lets you use modern and futuristic languages inside Electron without
worrying about transpiling or build tooling.

# So go on then... How do I use the thing :)

Glad you asked, it's beyond easy to get started with `electron-forge`.
# Usage

## Starting a new Project

@@ -52,15 +45,19 @@ npm install -g electron-forge
electron-forge init my-new-project
```

This command will generate you a brand new project folder and install all your NPM dependencies so you will be all set to go. By default we will also install `airbnb` linting modules. If you want to follow the `standard` linting rules instead use the `--lintstyle=standard` argument.
This command will generate a brand new project folder and install all your NPM
dependencies so you will be all set to go. By default we will also install the
`airbnb` linting modules. If you want to follow the `standard` linting rules
instead, use the `--lintstyle=standard` argument.

## Launching your Project

```bash
electron-forge start
```

Any args after "start" will be passed through to your application when it is launched.
Any arguments after "start" will be passed through to your application when
it's launched.

## Packaging your Project

@@ -77,7 +74,9 @@ Yes, it really is that simple. If you want to specify platform / arch, use the
electron-forge make
```

This will generate platform specific distributables for you. Note you can only generate distributables for your current platform.
This will generate platform specific distributables (installers, distribution
packages, etc.) for you. Note that you can only generate distributables for your
current platform.

## Linting your Project

@@ -87,7 +86,9 @@ electron-forge lint

# Config

Once you have generated a project your `package.json` file will have some default `forge` config. Below is the reference structure for this config object.
Once you have generated a project, your `package.json` file will have some
default `forge` configuration. Below is the reference structure for this
config object:

```javascript
{
@@ -112,12 +113,15 @@ Once you have generated a project your `package.json` file will have some defaul
| `zip` | All | Zips your packaged application | None | Yes | `zip` on Darwin/Linux |
| `squirrel` | Windows | Generates an installer and `.nupkg` files for Squirrel.Windows | [`electronWinstallerConfig`](https://github.com/electron/windows-installer#usage) | Yes | |
| `dmg` | Darwin | Generates a DMG file | [`electronInstallerDMG`](https://github.com/mongodb-js/electron-installer-dmg#api) | No | |
| `deb` | Linux | Generates a Debian installer | [`electronInstallerDebian`](https://github.com/unindented/electron-installer-debian#options) | Yes | [`fakeroot` and `dpkg`](https://github.com/unindented/electron-installer-debian#requirements) |
| `rpm` | Linux | Generates a Redhat installer | [`electronInstallerRedhat`](https://github.com/unindented/electron-installer-redhat#options) | Yes | [`rpm`](https://github.com/unindented/electron-installer-redhatn#requirements) |
| `flatpak` | Linux | Generates a `flatpak` file | [`electronInstallerFlatpak`](https://github.com/endlessm/electron-installer-flatpak#options) | No | [`flatpak-builder`](https://github.com/endlessm/electron-installer-flatpak#requirements) |
| `deb` | Linux | Generates a Debian package | [`electronInstallerDebian`](https://github.com/unindented/electron-installer-debian#options) | Yes | [`fakeroot` and `dpkg`](https://github.com/unindented/electron-installer-debian#requirements) |
| `rpm` | Linux | Generates an RPM package | [`electronInstallerRedhat`](https://github.com/unindented/electron-installer-redhat#options) | Yes | [`rpm`](https://github.com/unindented/electron-installer-redhatn#requirements) |
| `flatpak` | Linux | Generates a [Flatpak](http://flatpak.org/) file | [`electronInstallerFlatpak`](https://github.com/endlessm/electron-installer-flatpak#options) | No | [`flatpak-builder`](https://github.com/endlessm/electron-installer-flatpak#requirements) |

## Configuring `package`

You can set `electronPackagerConfig` with **any** of the options from [Electron Packager](https://github.com/electron-userland/electron-packager/blob/master/docs/api.md).
You can set `electronPackagerConfig` with **any** of the options from
[Electron Packager](https://github.com/electron-userland/electron-packager/blob/master/docs/api.md).

**NOTE:** The `afterCopy` and `afterExtract` options are mapped to `require` calls internally so provide a path to a file that exports your hooks and they will still run.
**NOTE:** The `afterCopy` and `afterExtract` options are mapped to `require`
calls internally, so provide a path to a file that exports your hooks and they
will still run.

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