Setting up the local environment and workspace

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Setting up the local environment and workspace

This guide explains how to set up your environment for Angular development using the Angular CLI tool. It includes information about prerequisites, installing the CLI, creating an initial workspace and starter app, and running that app locally to verify your setup.

Try Angular without local setup

If you are new to Angular, you might want to start with Try it now!, which introduces the essentials of Angular in the context of a ready-made basic online store app that you can examine and modify. This standalone tutorial takes advantage of the interactive StackBlitz environment for online development. You don't need to set up your local environment until you're ready.


To use the Angular framework, you should be familiar with the following:

Knowledge of TypeScript is helpful, but not required.


Make sure your development environment includes Node.js® and an npm package manager.

Angular requires a current, active LTS, or maintenance LTS version of Node.js. See the engines key for the specific version requirements in our package.json.

  • To check your version, run node -v in a terminal/console window.
  • To get Node.js, go to

npm package manager

Angular, the Angular CLI, and Angular apps depend on features and functionality provided by libraries that are available as npm packages. To download and install npm packages, you must have an npm package manager.

This setup guide uses the npm client command line interface, which is installed with Node.js by default.

To check that you have the npm client installed, run npm -v in a terminal/console window.

Step 1: Install the Angular CLI

You use the Angular CLI to create projects, generate application and library code, and perform a variety of ongoing development tasks such as testing, bundling, and deployment.

Install the Angular CLI globally.

To install the CLI using npm, open a terminal/console window and enter the following command:

npm install -g @angular/cli

Step 2: Create a workspace and initial application

You develop apps in the context of an Angular workspace.

To create a new workspace and initial starter app:

  1. Run the CLI command ng new and provide the name my-app, as shown here:

    ng new my-app
  2. The ng new command prompts you for information about features to include in the initial app. Accept the defaults by pressing the Enter or Return key.

The Angular CLI installs the necessary Angular npm packages and other dependencies. This can take a few minutes.

The CLI creates a new workspace and a simple Welcome app, ready to run.

Step 3: Run the application

The Angular CLI includes a server, so that you can easily build and serve your app locally.

  1. Go to the workspace folder (my-app).
  2. Launch the server by using the CLI command ng serve, with the --open option.
cd my-app
  ng serve --open

The ng serve command launches the server, watches your files, and rebuilds the app as you make changes to those files.

The --open (or just -o) option automatically opens your browser to http://localhost:4200/.

You will see:

Next steps

  • For a more thorough introduction to the fundamental concepts and terminology of Angular single-page app architecture and design principles, read the Angular Concepts section.
  • Work through the Tour of Heroes Tutorial, a complete hands-on exercise that introduces you to the app development process using the Angular CLI and walks through important subsystems.
  • To learn more about using the Angular CLI, see the CLI Overview. In addition to creating the initial workspace and app scaffolding, you can use the CLI to generate Angular code such as components and services. The CLI supports the full development cycle, including building, testing, bundling, and deployment.
  • For more information about the Angular files generated by ng new, see Workspace and Project File Structure.

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