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Ember.js boilerplate using Broccoli

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Read the introductory post.

Initially used internally by us. Feel free to fork and adapt it. Send pull requests if something is broken or one of the features is missing.


You will need Node.js installed first.

We use nvm to get Node up and running.

Once set, follow the installation steps:

$ npm install -g bower
$ npm install -g broccoli-cli
$ npm install -g testem
$ npm install

Use bower.json to manage third-party dependencies.


  • app - is where the Ember app lives
  • bower.json
  • Broccolifile.js - the build tool configuration
  • config - configuration files and environment specific settings go here
  • package.json - node dependencies
  • public - static files folder, put images & such here
  • - this file
  • stylesheets - stylesheets folder, less/css goes here
  • vendor - external libraries, also used by bower to cache files

Inside the app folder, you will find an idiomatic Ember application structure.

Use JavaScript ES6 syntax and CoffeeScript to write JavaScript.

Use Sass to write CSS. The default compiler used is the node-sass variant. If you prefer to use the latest Sass version you will need to replace broccoli-sass with broccoli-ruby-sass in the Brocfile.js and package.json.

The application has Twitter Bootstrap framework bundled. Make sure you make use of provided widgets and UI components as much as possible.


Broccoli is our build tool. To run the development server use:

$ broccoli serve

To build a release, use:

$ rm -rf dist
$ BROCCOLI_ENV=production broccoli build ./dist


We are using QUnit to write tests. Improved Ember.js testing support is provided through ember-qunit package.

To run the tests change the environment to test and run broccoli:

$ BROCCOLI_ENV=test broccoli serve

Open the browser, QUnit runner should start on its own.

From the command line you can run the tests using the broccoli-testem plugin:

$ npm install -g iMedicare/broccoli-testem
$ BROCCOLI_ENV=test broccoli-testem


  • Deployments
  • Localization
  • Improved environments support


  • iMedicare for sponsoring the initial version.