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Tapas with Ember NPM Dependency Status

A Brunch skeleton for rapid Ember development. Including Ember installation scripts, environment-specific builds, generators, and Ember.vim support.

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  • Ember Install Script - Cakefile scripts to install the latest Ember, Ember Data, and Ember Model.
  • Environments - Custom code to allow for environment detection in the browser and at compile time. Automatically uses Ember's production build when in production just like ember-rails.
  • Automatic File Loading - Automatically loads you code, no script tags or superfluous requires necessary.
  • Ember.vim support - Navigate to and create models, controllers, templates, and views with ease.

Brunch Plugins


Before using Tapas with Ember you will need to install Node, CoffeeScript, Brunch, and Bower.

npm install -g brunch coffee-script bower

Now that you've got Brunch installed, you're three commands away from a running Ember app!

brunch new gh:mutewinter/tapas-with-ember <appname>
cd <appname>
cake server

Open localhost:3333 and check out your brand new Ember app! Every time you save a file, the browser will automatically refresh.

Tapas with Ember runs the latest release channel Ember. You can update to Beta or Canary builds using cake ember:install. It's also easy to install the latest Ember Data or Ember Model using the cake scripts below.

Frequently Asked Questions

See the FAQ in the Wiki for answers to questions like:

  • How do I add a JavaScript / CSS Library?
  • How do I addd Bootstrap?
  • How do I detect the environment?
  • How do I set Ember feature flags?


Updating Libraries


Tapas with Ember ships with the latest release channel Ember. You can install other versions of Ember using the commands below.

cake ember:install
# cake -t "v1.4.0" ember:install # for v1.4.0 tagged release
# cake -c "beta" ember:install # for beta
# cake -c "canary" ember:install # for canary

Note: cake ember:list displays the tagged releases since 1.0.0.

Ember Data

cake ember-data:install
# cake -t "v1.0.0-beta.4" ember-data:install # for v1.0.0-beta.4 tagged release
# cake -c "canary" ember-data:install # for canary

Note: cake ember-data:list displays all tagged releases.

Ember Model

cake ember-model:install


This skeleton makes use of scaffolt generators to help you create common files quicker.

To use first install scaffolt globally with npm install -g scaffolt. Then you can use the following command to generate files.

scaffolt arraycontroller <name>   →    app/controllers/<name>
scaffolt component <name>         →    app/components/<name>.coffee
scaffolt controller <name>        →    app/controllers/<name>.coffee
scaffolt helper <name>            →    app/helpers/<name>.coffee
scaffolt initializer <name>       →    app/initializers/<name>.coffee
scaffolt mixin <name>             →    app/mixins/<name>.coffee
scaffolt model <name>             →    app/models/
scaffolt route <name>             →    app/routes/<name>.coffee
scaffolt router                   →    app/config/
scaffolt template <name>          →    app/template/<name>.hbs
scaffolt view <name>              →    app/views/<name>.coffee

Compiling for Production

Both the development and production versions of Ember are installed via the ember:install cake task. To compile your project with the production version of Ember with hashed file names, run:

cake build

Now the public folder will contain your production-ready Ember app.


Tapas with Ember comes with a Mina deployment script to deploy your app to your own server.

  1. Install Mina by running gem install mina
  2. Fill in your credentials in config/deploy.rb
  3. Run mina setup
  4. Run mina deploy


The following cake scripts are provided.

cake server               # start the Brunch server in development
cake watch                # continiously rebuild app without a server
cake build                # build for production (delete public folder first)
cake test                 # run the tests
cake ember:install        # install latest Ember
cake ember:list           # list the known versions of Ember
cake ember-data:install   # install latest Ember Data
cake ember-data:list      # list the known versions of Ember Data
cake ember-model:install  # install latest Ember Model
cake handlebars:install   # install latest Handlebars

To use this app with, follow these simple steps:

  1. Install
  2. echo 3333 > ~/.pow/<appname>
  3. Start the server with cake server
  4. Open


To run you will need Testem and you will need to install phantomjs.

brew update && brew install phantomjs

To run tests continiously as you write code and tests (for now) you must open two terminal windows. One running brunch to continiously build the application and the other running testem.

cake test # starts brunch in test environment
npm test  # starts testem

If you want to run your tests on other browsers, modify your testem.json file to include the additional browsers. For example:

"launch_in_dev": ["PhantomJS", "Chrome", "Firefox", "Safari"]

You can see a list of available launchers by running the command testem launchers.

Ember.vim Support

Custom Ember.vim support is provided via portkey.json. You can navigate to files via these commands:

:Easset <name>       → app/assets/<name>
:Ecomponent <name>   → app/components/<name>.coffee
:Econfig <name>      → app/config/<name>.coffee
:Econtroller <name>  → app/controllers/<name>.coffee
:Ehelper <name>      → app/helpers/<name>.coffee
:Einitializer <name> → app/initializers/<name>.coffee
:Emixin <name>       → app/mixins/<name>.coffee
:Emodel <name>       → app/models/<name>.coffee
:Eroute <name>       → app/routes/<name>.coffee
:Estyle <name>       → app/styles/<name>.styl
:Etemplate <name>    → app/templates/<name>.hbs
:Etest <name>        → test/<name>
:Eutility <name>     → app/utility/<name>.coffee
:Eview <name>        → app/views/<name>.coffee

Updating Tapas with Ember

Tapas with Ember has a built-in update script.

cake tapas:update

It updates and overwites Cakefile, package.json, portkey.json,, generators/*.

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