Meteor, the JavaScript App Platform
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Meteor is an ultra-simple environment for building modern web applications.

With Meteor you write apps:

  • in pure JavaScript
  • that send data over the wire, rather than HTML
  • using your choice of popular open-source libraries

Try the getting started tutorial.

Next, read the guide or the reference documentation at

Quick Start

On Windows, simply go to and use the Windows installer.

On Linux/macOS, use this line:

curl | sh

Create a project:

meteor create try-meteor

Run it:

cd try-meteor

Slow Start (for developers)

If you want to run on the bleeding edge, or help contribute to Meteor, you can run Meteor directly from a Git checkout using these steps:

  1. Clone from GitHub

    $ git clone --recursive
    $ cd meteor
    Important note about Git submodules!

    This repository uses Git submodules. If you clone without the --recursive flag, re-fetch with git pull or experience "Depending on unknown package" errors, run the following in the repository root to sync things up again:

    $ git submodule update --init --recursive
  2. (Optional) Compile dependencies

    This optional step requires a C and C++ compiler, autotools, and scons. If this step is skipped, Meteor will simply download pre-built binaries.

    To build everything from scratch (node, npm, mongodb, etc.) run the following:

    $ ./scripts/ # OPTIONAL!
  3. Run a Meteor command to install dependencies

    If you did not compile dependencies above, this will also download the binaries.

    $ ./meteor --help
  4. Ready to Go!

    Your local Meteor checkout is now ready to use! You can use this ./meteor anywhere you would normally call the system meteor. For example,:

    $ cd my-app/
    $ /path/to/meteor-checkout/meteor run

    Note: When running from a git checkout, you cannot pin apps to specific Meteor releases or change the release using --release.

Uninstalling Meteor

Aside from a short launcher shell script, Meteor installs itself inside your home directory. To uninstall Meteor, run:

rm -rf ~/.meteor/
sudo rm /usr/local/bin/meteor

On Windows, just run the uninstaller from your Control Panel.

Developer Resources

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