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An Angular 2 starter kit featuring Angular 2 (Router, Forms, Http, Services, Tests, E2E), Karma, Protractor, Jasmine, TypeScript, and Webpack by AngularClass.

If you're looking for Angular 1.x please use NG6-starter

This seed repo serves as an Angular 2 starter for anyone looking to get up and running with Angular 2 and TypeScript fast. Using a Webpack for building our files and assisting with boilerplate. We're also using Protractor for our end-to-end story and Karma for our unit tests.

  • Best practices in file and application organization for Angular 2.
  • Ready to go build system using Webpack for working with TypeScript.
  • Angular 2 examples that are ready to go when experimenting with Angular 2.
  • A great Angular 2 seed repo for anyone who wants to start their project.
  • Testing Angular 2 code with Jasmine and Karma.
  • end-to-end Angular 2 code using Protractor.
Warning: Angular 2.0 is not production ready yet!

Is Angular 2 Ready Yet?

Quick start

Clone/Download the repo then edit app.ts inside /src/app/app.ts

# clone our repo
git clone 

# change directory to our repo
cd angular2-webpack-starter

# install the repo with npm
npm install

# start the server
npm start 

go to http://localhost:3000 in your browser

Table of Contents

File Structure

We use the component approach in our starter. This is the new standard for developing Angular apps and a great way to ensure maintainable code by encapsulation of our behavior logic. A component is basically a self contained app usually in a single file or a folder with each concern as a file: style, template, specs, e2e, and component class. Here's how it looks:

 ├──src/                                   * our source files that will be compiled to javascript
 │   │
 │   ├──app/                               * WebApp: folder
 │   │   ├──app.ts                         * App.ts: a simple version of our App component components
 │   │   └──bootstrap.ts                   * entry file for app
 │   │
 │   ├──bindings/                          * where common files used throughout our app
 │   │   ├──location_bindings.ts           * injectables to change the Router location Strategy
 │   │   └──change_detection_bindings.ts   * injectables to change Angular's Change Detection Strategy
 │   │
 │   ├──public/                            * static assets are served here
 │   │   ├──lib/                           * static libraries
 │   │   │   └──es6-shim.js                * ignore this file. This is needed to polyfill the browser to for ES6 features to similarly
 │   │   │
 │   │   ├──favicon.ico                    * replace me with your own favicon.ico
 │   │   ├──service-worker.js              * ignore this. Web App service worker that's not complete yet
 │   │   ├──robots.txt                     * for search engines to crawl your website
 │   │   ├──human.txt                      * for humans to know who the developers are
 │   │   │
 │   │   └──index.html                     * Index.html: where we place our script tags
 │   │
 │   └──typings/                           * where we define our custom types
 │       ├──ng2.d.ts                       * where we patch angular2 types with our own types until it's fixed
 │       └──_custom.d.ts                   * we include all of our custom types here
 ├──tsd_typings/                           * ignore this auto generated file from tsd
 │   └──tsd.d.ts                           * ignore this our main file for all of our type definitions
 ├──test/                                  * this is our global unit tests and end-to-end tests
 ├──spec.bundle.js                         * ignore this magic that sets up our angular 2 testing environment
 ├──karma.config.js                        * karma config for our unit tests
 ├──protractor.config.js                   * protractor config for our end-to-end tests
 ├──tsconfig.json                          * config that webpack uses for typescript
 ├──tsd.json                               * config that tsd uses for managing it's definitions
 ├──package.json                           * what npm uses to manage it's dependencies
 └──webpack.config.js                      * our webpack config

Getting Started


What you need to run this app:

  • node and npm (brew install node)
  • Ensure you're running the latest versions Node v4.1.1+ and NPM 2.10.0+

Once you have those, you should install these globals with npm install --global:

  • webpack (npm install --global webpack)
  • webpack-dev-server (npm install --global webpack-dev-server)
  • karma (npm install --global karma-cli)
  • protractor (npm install --global protractor)


  • fork this repo
  • clone your fork
  • npm install to install all dependencies
  • npm run server to start the dev server in another tab

Running the app

After you have installed all dependencies you can now run the app. Run npm run server to start a local server using webpack-dev-server which will watch, build (in-memory), and reload for you. The port will be displayed to you as http://localhost:3000 (or if you prefer IPv6, if you're using express server, then it's http://[::1]:3000/).


npm run server # or either webpack-dev-server or npm run express

Other commands

build files

npm run build  # or webpack

watch and build files

npm run watch  # or webpack --watch

run tests

npm run test  # or karma start

run webdriver (for end-to-end)

npm run webdriver-start  # or webdriver-manager start

run end-to-end tests

# make sure you have webdriver running and a sever for the client app
npm run e2e  # or protractor


You can include more examples as components but they must introduce a new concept such as Home component (separate folders), and Todo (services). I'll accept pretty much everything so feel free to open a Pull-Request


To take full advantage of TypeScript with autocomplete you would have to install it globally and use an editor with the correct TypeScript plugins.

Use latest TypeScript compiler

TypeScript 1.5 includes everything you need. Make sure to upgrade, even if you installed TypeScript previously.

npm install --global typescript

.d.ts Typings

The TSD typings in tsd_typings/ are autogenerated.

npm install --global tsd

You may need to require reference path for your editor to autocomplete correctly

/// <reference path="/src/typings/_custom.d.ts" />

If your editor only works with reference path here's the convention I'm using

/src/typings/ hand written typings for when you need to create/update one for a library

/src/typings/_custom.d.s main file to require everything (reference path this file)

/src/typings/tsd.d.ts requires tsd_typings

/tsd_typings/ tsd typings (like node_modules these files live and generates at root level)

Otherwise including them in tsd.json is much prefered

Use a TypeScript-aware editor

We have good experience using these editors:

Frequently asked questions

  • Why we are using traceur-runtime?
    • This for the ES6 polyfills.
  • If TypeScript compiles to ES5 why do we need traceur-runtime?
    • Angular 2 framework itself expects these ES6 features.
  • What's the current browser support for Angular 2 Alpha?
  • What is the TypeScript warning "Value of type 'typeof Directive' is not callable. Did you mean to include 'new'?"?
    • This is an error with the typings defined in DefinitelyTyped (please ignore until it's fixed)
  • How do I use moduleId with in webpack?
    • Please use __filename if you must use templateUrl and styleUrls rather than webpack's module system
  • Why is my service not injecting parameter correctly?
    • Please use @Injectable() for your service for typescript to correctly attach the metadata (this is a typescript beta problem)
  • Where do I write my tests?
    • You can write your tests anywhere you like either next to your components or in the test/ folder
  • Is Angular 2 production ready yet?
  • How do I start the app when I get EACCES and EADDRINUSE errors?
    • The EADDRINUSE error means the port 3000 is currently being used and EACCES is lack of permission for webpack to build files to ./__build__/
  • Why am I getting lots of warnings when starting the repo?
    • You need to run tsd install this happens when tsd didn't install correctly or at all

Support, Questions, or Feedback

Contact us anytime for anything about this repo or Angular 2

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