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Yeoman generator for AngularJS with an Express server

AngularJS + Express Generator

A generator for AngularJS, integrated with an Express server.js for full stack development.

This generator is simply a modification of angular-fullstack to use Stylus/Nib.

I wanted a yeoman generator that used Jade, Stylus, Coffeescript, and Express, so I created this. I was about to name it “angular-jsce” but that didn’t look good and “jsce” sounds like “juice” hence “angular-juice”.


  • Express server integrated with grunt tasks
  • Livereload of client and server files
  • Easy deployment workflow.
  • Optional mongoDB integration
  • Support for jade templates
  • Stylus/nib


Install generator-angular-juice:

npm install -g generator-angular-juice

Make a new directory, and cd into it:

mkdir my-new-project && cd $_

Run yo angular-juice, optionally passing an app name:

yo angular-juice [app-name]


Launch your express server in development mode.

grunt serve

Launch your express server in production mode, uses the minified/optimized production app folder.

grunt serve:dist


grunt serve will watch client files in app/, and server files inside lib/, restarting the Express server when a change is detected.


While deployment should be easy enough with the grunt dist build, we provide an extremely simplifed deployment process for heroku.

yo angular-juice:deploy heroku for generating a deployment ready folder for from your project files.

Create and Deploy an app in 4 steps

  1. mkdir foo && cd foo

  2. yo angular-juice

  3. yo angular-juice:deploy heroku

  4. cd heroku && git push heroku master

  5. Optional (if using mongoDB) heroku addons:add mongohq

That’s it! Your app should be live and shareable. Type heroku open to view it.


Available generators:

Note: Generators are to be run from the root directory of your app.


Sets up a new AngularJS app, generating all the boilerplate you need to get started. The app generator also optionally installs Twitter Bootstrap and additional AngularJS modules, such as angular-resource (installed by default).


yo angular-juice


Initalizes a heroku app and generates a heroku folder which is ready to push to heroku.


yo angular-juice:deploy heroku

After app modifications run:

grunt heroku

then commit and push the heroku folder.


Generates a controller and view, and configures a route in app/scripts/app.js connecting them.


yo angular-juice:route myroute

Produces app/scripts/controllers/myroute.js:

angular.module('myMod').controller('MyrouteCtrl', function ($scope) {
  // ...

Produces app/views/myroute.html:

<p>This is the myroute view</p>


Generates a controller in app/scripts/controllers.


yo angular-juice:controller user

Produces app/scripts/controllers/user.js:

angular.module('myMod').controller('UserCtrl', function ($scope) {
  // ...


Generates a directive in app/scripts/directives.


yo angular-juice:directive myDirective

Produces app/scripts/directives/myDirective.js:

angular.module('myMod').directive('myDirective', function () {
  return {
    template: '<div></div>',
    restrict: 'E',
    link: function postLink(scope, element, attrs) {
      element.text('this is the myDirective directive');


Generates a filter in app/scripts/filters.


yo angular-juice:filter myFilter

Produces app/scripts/filters/myFilter.js:

angular.module('myMod').filter('myFilter', function () {
  return function (input) {
    return 'myFilter filter:' + input;


Generates an HTML view file in app/views.


yo angular-juice:view user

Produces app/views/user.html:

<p>This is the user view</p>


Generates an AngularJS service.


yo angular-juice:service myService

Produces app/scripts/services/myService.js:

angular.module('myMod').service('myService', function () {
  // ...

You can also do yo angular-juice:factory, yo angular-fullstack:provider, yo angular-fullstack:value, and yo angular-fullstack:constant for other types of services.


Generates an AngularJS service decorator.


yo angular-juice:decorator serviceName

Produces app/scripts/decorators/serviceNameDecorator.js:

angular.module('myMod').config(function ($provide) {
    $provide.decorator('serviceName', function ($delegate) {
      // ...
      return $delegate;


In general, these options can be applied to any generator, though they only affect generators that produce scripts.


For generators that output views, the --jade option will output Jade instead of HTML.

For example:

yo angular-juice --jade

Changes the rendering engine from EJS to Jade, and generates your views as jade files instead of HTML.

Assets that will be minified or compressed such as scripts, styles, and images, must still use normal html tags so they can be picked up by grunt-usemin and compressed for production builds.


For generators that output scripts, the --coffee option will output CoffeeScript instead of JavaScript.

For example:

yo angular-juice:controller user --coffee

Produces app/scripts/controller/

  .controller 'UserCtrl', ($scope) ->

A project can mix CoffeScript and JavaScript files.

To output JavaScript files, even if CoffeeScript files exist (the default is to output CoffeeScript files if the generator finds any in the project), use --coffee=false.

Minification Safe


Related Issue #452: This option is being removed in future versions of the generator. Initially it was needed as ngMin was not entirely stable. As it has matured, the need to keep separate versions of the script templates has led to extra complexity and maintenance of the generator. By removing these extra burdens, new features and bug fixes should be easier to implement. If you are dependent on this option, please take a look at ngMin and seriously consider implementing it in your own code. It will help reduce the amount of typing you have to do (and look through) as well as make your code cleaner to look at.

By default, generators produce unannotated code. Without annotations, AngularJS’s DI system will break when minified. Typically, these annotations that make minification safe are added automatically at build-time, after application files are concatenated, but before they are minified. By providing the --minsafe option, the code generated will out-of-the-box be ready for minification. The trade-off is between amount of boilerplate, and build process complexity.


yo angular-juice:controller user --minsafe

Produces app/controller/user.js:

angular.module('myMod').controller('UserCtrl', ['$scope', function ($scope) {
  // ...



angular.module('myMod').controller('MyCtrl', function ($scope, $http, myService) {
  // ...


  ['$scope', '$http', 'myService', function ($scope, $http, myService) {

    // ...

The annotations are important because minified code will rename variables, making it impossible for AngularJS to infer module names based solely on function parameters.

The recommended build process uses ngmin, a tool that automatically adds these annotations. However, if you’d rather not use ngmin, you have to add these annotations manually yourself.

Add to Index

By default, new scripts are added to the index.html file. However, this may not always be suitable. Some use cases:

  • Manually added to the file
  • Auto-added by a 3rd party plugin
  • Using this generator as a subgenerator

To skip adding them to the index, pass in the skip-add argument:

yo angular-juice:service serviceName --skip-add

Bower Components

The following packages are always installed by the app generator:

  • angular
  • angular-mocks
  • angular-scenario

The following additional modules are available as components on bower, and installable via bower install:

  • angular-cookies
  • angular-loader
  • angular-resource
  • angular-sanitize

All of these can be updated with bower update as new versions of AngularJS are released.


Yeoman generated projects can be further tweaked according to your needs by modifying project files appropriately.


You can change the app directory by adding a appPath property to bower.json. For instance, if you wanted to easily integrate with Express.js, you could add the following:

  "name": "yo-test",
  "version": "0.0.0",
  "appPath": "public"

This will cause Yeoman-generated client-side files to be placed in public.


Running grunt test will run the unit tests with karma.


See the contributing docs

When submitting an issue, please follow the guidelines. Especially important is to make sure Yeoman is up-to-date, and providing the command or commands that cause the issue.

When submitting a PR, make sure that the commit messages match the AngularJS conventions.

When submitting a bugfix, write a test that exposes the bug and fails before applying your fix. Submit the test alongside the fix.

When submitting a new feature, add tests that cover the feature.


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