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MEAN Seed App

Built on the angular-express-seed by btford here:

This is a seed project for building an app using MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, and Node.js. My enhancements to btford's project include Bootstrap 3.0 integration (along with Angular-UI/Bootstrap for Boostrap directives), REST API to local MongoDB instance via Mongoose, Socket.IO support, and unit testing via Mocha. This seed app contains sample code for a realtime chat app.

Running this app

First, install and run MongoDB. The sample code in this build doesn't use any authentication to connect, so leave settings to default.

From the base directory:

npm install

Once node modules are loaded:

node app.js

Readme from btford's project here:

Start an awesome app with AngularJS on the front, Express + Node on the back. This project is an application skeleton for a typical AngularJS web app for those who want to use Node to serve their app.

The seed contains angular libraries, test libraries and a bunch of scripts all preconfigured for instant web development gratification. Just clone the repo (or download the zip/tarball) and you're ready to develop your application.

The seed app shows how to wire together Angular client-side components with Express on the server. It also illustrates writing angular partials/views with the Jade templating library.

Note: Although Jade supports interpolation, you should be doing that mostly on the client. Mixing server and browser templating will convolute your app. Instead, use Jade as a syntactic sugar for HTML, and let AngularJS take care of interpolation on the browser side.

How to use angular-express-seed

Clone the angular-express-seed repository, run npm install to grab the dependencies, and start hacking!

Running the app

Runs like a typical express app:

node app.js

Running tests

Coming soon!

Receiving updates from upstream

Just fetch the changes and merge them into your project with git.

Directory Layout

app.js              --> app config
package.json        --> for npm
public/             --> all of the files to be used in on the client side
  css/              --> css files
    app.css         --> default stylesheet
  img/              --> image files
  js/               --> javascript files
    app.js          --> declare top-level app module
    controllers.js  --> application controllers
    directives.js   --> custom angular directives
    filters.js      --> custom angular filters
    services.js     --> custom angular services
    lib/            --> angular and 3rd party JavaScript libraries
        angular.js            --> the latest angular js
        angular.min.js        --> the latest minified angular js
        angular-*.js          --> angular add-on modules
        version.txt           --> version number
  api.js            --> route for serving JSON
  index.js          --> route for serving HTML pages and partials
  index.jade        --> main page for app
  layout.jade       --> doctype, title, head boilerplate
  partials/         --> angular view partials (partial jade templates)

Example App

A simple blog based on this seed.


For more information on AngularJS please check out For more on Express and Jade, and are your friends.