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MEAN.JS is a full-stack JavaScript open-source solution, which provides a solid starting point for MongoDB, Node.js, Express, and AngularJS based applications. The idea is to solve the common issues with connecting those frameworks, build a robust framework to support daily development needs, and help developers use better practices while working with popular JavaScript components.

Before You Begin

Before you begin we recommend you read about the basic building blocks that assemble a MEAN.JS application:

Prerequisites

Make sure you have installed all of the following prerequisites on your development machine:

  • Git - Download & Install Git. OSX and Linux machines typically have this already installed.
  • Node.js - Download & Install Node.js and the npm package manager. If you encounter any problems, you can also use this GitHub Gist to install Node.js.
    • Node v5 IS NOT SUPPORTED AT THIS TIME!
  • MongoDB - Download & Install MongoDB, and make sure it's running on the default port (27017).
  • Bower - You're going to use the Bower Package Manager to manage your front-end packages. Make sure you've installed Node.js and npm first, then install bower globally using npm:
$ npm install -g bower
  • Grunt - You're going to use the Grunt Task Runner to automate your development process. Make sure you've installed Node.js and npm first, then install grunt globally using npm:
$ npm install -g grunt-cli
  • Gulp - (Optional) You may use Gulp for Live Reload, Linting, and SASS or LESS.
$ npm install gulp -g

Downloading MEAN.JS

There are several ways you can get the MEAN.JS boilerplate:

Cloning The GitHub Repository

The recommended way to get MEAN.js is to use git to directly clone the MEAN.JS repository:

$ git clone https://github.com/meanjs/mean.git meanjs

This will clone the latest version of the MEAN.JS repository to a meanjs folder.

Downloading The Repository Zip File

Another way to use the MEAN.JS boilerplate is to download a zip copy from the master branch on GitHub. You can also do this using the wget command:

$ wget https://github.com/meanjs/mean/archive/master.zip -O meanjs.zip; unzip meanjs.zip; rm meanjs.zip

Don't forget to rename mean-master after your project name.

Yo Generator

Another way would be to use the Official Yo Generator, which generates a copy of the MEAN.JS 0.4.x boilerplate and supplies an application generator to ease your daily development cycles.

Quick Install

Once you've downloaded the boilerplate and installed all the prerequisites, you're just a few steps away from starting to develop your MEAN application.

The first thing you should do is install the Node.js dependencies. The boilerplate comes pre-bundled with a package.json file that contains the list of modules you need to start your application. To learn more about the modules installed visit the npm & Package.json section.

To install Node.js dependencies you're going to use npm again. In the application folder run this in the command-line:

$ npm install

This command does a few things:

  • First it will install the dependencies needed for the application to run.
  • If you're running in a development environment, it will then also install development dependencies needed for testing and running your application.
  • Finally, when the install process is over, npm will initiate a bower install command to install all the front-end modules needed for the application

Running Your Application

After the install process is over, you'll be able to run your application using Grunt, just run grunt default task:

$ grunt

Your application should run on port 3000 with the development environment configuration, so in your browser just go to http://localhost:3000

That's it! Your application should be running. To proceed with your development, check the other sections in this documentation.
If you encounter any problems, try the Troubleshooting section.

  • explore config/env/development.js for development environment configuration options

Running in Production mode

To run your application with production environment configuration, execute grunt as follows:

$ grunt prod
  • explore config/env/production.js for production environment configuration options

Running with User Seed

To have default account(s) seeded at runtime:

In Development:

MONGO_SEED=true grunt

It will try to seed the users 'user' and 'admin'. If one of the user already exists, it will display an error message on the console. Just grab the passwords from the console.

In Production:

MONGO_SEED=true grunt prod

This will seed the admin user one time if the user does not already exist. You have to copy the password from the console and save it.

Running with TLS (SSL)

Application will start by default with secure configuration (SSL mode) turned on and listen on port 8443.
To run your application in a secure manner you'll need to use OpenSSL and generate a set of self-signed certificates. Unix-based users can use the following command:

$ sh ./scripts/generate-ssl-certs.sh

Windows users can follow instructions found here.
After you've generated the key and certificate, place them in the config/sslcerts folder.

Finally, execute grunt's prod task grunt prod

  • enable/disable SSL mode in production environment change the secure option in config/env/production.js

Testing Your Application

You can run the full test suite included with MEAN.JS with the test task:

$ grunt test

This will run both the server-side tests (located in the app/tests/ directory) and the client-side tests (located in the public/modules/*/tests/).

To execute only the server tests, run the test:server task:

$ grunt test:server

And to run only the client tests, run the test:client task:

$ grunt test:client

Running your application with Gulp

After the install process, you can easily run your project with:

$ gulp

or

$ gulp default

The server is now running on http://localhost:3000 if you are using the default settings.

Running Gulp Development Environment

Start the development environment with:

$ gulp dev

Running in Production mode

To run your application with production environment configuration, execute gulp as follows:

$ gulp prod

Testing Your Application with Gulp

Using the full test suite included with MEAN.JS with the test task:

Run all tests

$ gulp test

Run server tests

gulp test:server

Run client tests

gulp test:client

Run e2e tests

gulp test:e2e

Development and deployment With Docker

  • Install Docker
  • Install Compose

  • Local development and testing with compose:

    $ docker-compose up
    
  • Local development and testing with just Docker:

    $ docker build -t mean .
    $ docker run -p 27017:27017 -d --name db mongo
    $ docker run -p 3000:3000 --link db:db_1 mean
    $
    
  • To enable live reload, forward port 35729 and mount /app and /public as volumes:

    $ docker run -p 3000:3000 -p 35729:35729 -v /Users/mdl/workspace/mean-stack/mean/public:/home/mean/public -v /Users/mdl/workspace/mean-stack/mean/app:/home/mean/app --link db:db_1 mean
    

Getting Started With MEAN.JS

You have your application running, but there is a lot of stuff to understand. We recommend you go over the Official Documentation.
In the docs we'll try to explain both general concepts of MEAN components and give you some guidelines to help you improve your development process. We tried covering as many aspects as possible, and will keep it updated by your request. You can also help us develop and improve the documentation by checking out the gh-pages branch of this repository.

Community

Contributing

We welcome pull requests from the community! Just be sure to read the contributing doc to get started.

Deploying To Cloud Foundry

Cloud Foundry is an open source platform-as-a-service (PaaS). The MEANJS project
can easily be deployed to any Cloud Foundry instance. The easiest way to deploy the
MEANJS project to Cloud Foundry is to use a public hosted instance. The two most popular
instances are Pivotal Web Services and
IBM Bluemix. Both provide free trials and support pay-as-you-go models
for hosting applications in the cloud. After you have an account follow the below steps to deploy MEANJS.

  • Install the Cloud Foundry command line tools.
  • Now you need to log into Cloud Foundry from the Cloud Foundry command line.
    • If you are using Pivotal Web Services run $ cf login -a api.run.pivotal.io.
    • If you are using IBM Bluemix run $ cf login -a api.ng.bluemix.net.
  • Create a Mongo DB service.
    • If you are using Pivotal Web Services run $ cf create-service mongolab sandbox mean-mongo
    • If you are using IBM Bluemix run $ cf create-service mongodb 100 mean-mongo
  • Clone the GitHub repo for MEANJS if you have not already done so
    • $ git clone https://github.com/meanjs/mean.git && cd mean
  • Run $ npm install
  • Run the Grunt Build task to build the optimized JavaScript and CSS files
    • $ grunt build
  • Deploy MEANJS to Cloud Foundry
    • $ cf push

After cf push completes you will see the URL to your running MEANJS application
(your URL will be different).

requested state: started
instances: 1/1
usage: 128M x 1 instances
urls: mean-humbler-frappa.mybluemix.net

Open your browser and go to that URL and your should see your MEANJS app running!

Deploying MEANJS To IBM Bluemix

IBM Bluemix is a Cloud Foundry based PaaS. By clicking the button below you can signup for Bluemix and deploy
a working copy of MEANJS to the cloud without having to do the steps above.

After the deployment is finished you will be left with a copy of the MEANJS code in your own private Git repo
in Bluemix complete with a pre-configured build and deploy pipeline. Just clone the Git repo, make your changes, and
commit them back. Once your changes are committed, the build and deploy pipeline will run automatically deploying
your changes to Bluemix.

Credits

Inspired by the great work of Madhusudhan Srinivasa
The MEAN name was coined by Valeri Karpov

License

(The MIT License)

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a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the
'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including
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distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to
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