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A starter project for AngularJS using

AngularJS + Brunch


  • Full JS & HTML (with Jade) / SASS / SCSS automatically compiled on save
  • HTML5BP, Modernizr, and all the goodness of initializr
  • Compass-Twitter-Bootstrap integration
  • auto-reload during development saves you from manually refreshing the page
  • Javascript / CSS minification for production
  • karma integration for unit & e2e tests
  • Bootstrap integration with themes & font awesome.

Alternate Versions

How to use angular-brunch-seed-with-coffee

  • git clone to clone the angular-brunch-seed-with-coffee repository
  • cd angular-brunch-seed-with-coffee
  • sh scripts/ to install node packages (or ./scripts/init.bat on Windows).

or if you have Brunch installed run:

brunch new myapp --skeleton

Running the app during development

  • ./scripts/ to serve using Brunch

Then navigate your browser to http://localhost:8000

NOTE: Occasionally the scripts will not load properly on the initial load. If this occurs, refresh the page. Subsequent refresh will render correctly.

Running the app during development

  • sh scripts/ to serve using Brunch (or ./scripts/server.bat on Windows).

Then navigate your browser to http://localhost:8000

NOTE: Occasionally the scripts will not load properly on the initial load. If this occurs, refresh the page. Subsequent refresh will render correctly. The first compilation is always longer.

Running the app in production

  • sh scripts/ to minify javascript and css files (or ./scripts/production.bat on Windows).

Please be aware of the caveats regarding Angular JS and minification, take a look at Dependency Injection for information.

Running unit tests

  • sh scripts/ to run unit tests with karma (or ./scripts/test.bat on Windows)
  • Open the browser you would like to test to http://localhost:3334


  • Karma will run tests on save. To insure that changes are saved be sure to have ./script/ or ./script/ running in the console (or ./script/server.bat or ./script/development.bat on Windows).
  • You can set the browsers that you would like to target in the /test/karma_conf.js file E.g. browser = ["ChromeCanary", "Firefox"]

End to end testing

  • Run the app in development mode as described above using a separate terminal
  • ./scripts/ to run e2e tests with karma using angular's scenario runner (or ./scripts/test-e2e.bat on Windows)
  • Be aware that changing the SASS files will compile the new CSS while the server is running, but that it won't trigger a e2e test reload, you'll have to manually relaunch the test server fow now

Generate documentation

  • Make sure that your _public folder is not in production mode (concatenated & without comments)
  • ./scripts/ to run documentation generation using docco (or ./scripts/docco.bat on Windows)
  • The documentation will be generated in the docs folder

Common issues

Initial load does not render correctly; scripts are not loading.

  • Occasionally the scripts will not load properly on the initial load. If this occurs, refresh the page. Subsequent refresh will render correctly.

EMFILE error

  • EMFILE means there are too many open files. Brunch watches all your project files and it's usually a pretty big number. You can fix this error with setting max opened file count to bigger number with command ulimit -n (10000 should be enough).

The complete Brunch FAQ

Receiving updates from upstream

When we upgrade angular-seed's repo with newer angular or testing library code, you can just fetch the changes and merge them into your project with git.

git pull origin master

Directory Layout

_public/                  --> Contains generated file for servering the app
                              These files should not be edited directly
app/                      --> all of the files to be used in production

  assets                  --> a place for static assets. These files will be copied to
                              the public directory un-modified.
    font/                 --> [fontawesome]( rendering icons
    img/                  --> image files

  assets/partials/        --> HTML partial files
  assets/index.html       --> Index file
  scripts/                --> base directory for app scripts
    controllers           --> base directory for controllers> application controllers
    directives            --> base directory for directives --> custom angular directives
    filters               --> base directory for filters    --> custom angular filters
    services              --> base directory for services   --> custom angular services

  styles/                 --> all custom styles. Acceptable files types inculde: less, sass, scss and stylus
    themes/               --> a place for custom themes
      custom/             --> starter theme **NOTE the underscore (_). Files begining with an underscore will not automatically be compiled, they must be imported.
        _override.sass    --> styles that should beloaded after bootstrap.
        _variables.sass   --> bootstrap variables to be used during the compilation process
    app.scss              --> a file for importing styles.
    _custom.scss          --> a file with a custom style example              --> application definition and routes

node_modules              --> NodeJS modules

scripts/                  --> handy shell scripts          --> compiles files and watches for changes                 --> installs node modules           --> compiles and compresses files for production use               --> runs a development server at `http://localhost:3333`                 --> runs all unit tests

test/                     --> test source files and libraries
    app/     --> end-to-end specs
  unit/   --> specs for controllers    --> specs for directives       --> specs for filters      --> specs for services
    angular/              --> angular testing libraries
      angular-mocks.js    --> mocks that replace certain angular services in tests
  karma.conf.js           --> unit tests config file
  karma-e2e.conf.js       --> e2e tests config file

  scripts/                --> angular and 3rd party javascript libraries
    angular/                  files are compiled to `vendor.js`
      angular.js          --> the latest angular js
      angular-*.js        --> angular add-on modules
    bootstrap/            --> for responsive layout
      bootstrap-*.js      --> bootstrap js modules
    console-helper.js     --> makes it safe to do `console.log()` always
    jquery.js             --> jquery lib (required by bootstrap)
    modernizr.js          --> to support your progressive enhancement
    respond.js            --> provide media queries support for old browser (ie6/7/8)
  styles/                 --> sapling / sapling themes and 3 party CSS
    bootstrap/            --> boostrap sass files
    font-awesome/         --> font awesome sass files


Rolf Strijdhorst

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