A Comprehensive Guide to Installing Angular

Angular is a robust framework for building web applications, offering features like two-way data binding, dependency injection, and modular architecture. To start developing with Angular, you'll need to set up your development environment. In this detailed guide, we'll walk through each step of the installation process, ensuring you have Angular up and running smoothly on your machine.


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Before installing Angular, make sure you have the following prerequisites installed on your system:

Node.js and npm

Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment that allows you to run JavaScript on the server-side. npm (Node Package Manager) is a package manager for Node.js. Angular relies on Node.js and npm for package management and development.

  1. Download and Install Node.js : Visit the official Node.js website at nodejs.org and download the latest version of Node.js for your operating system. Follow the installation instructions provided by the Node.js installer.

  2. Verify Node.js and npm Installation : After installing Node.js, you can verify the installation by opening a terminal or command prompt and running the following commands:

    node -v npm -v 

    These commands should display the versions of Node.js and npm installed on your system.

Installing Angular CLI

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Angular CLI (Command Line Interface) is a powerful tool that helps with creating, scaffolding, and managing Angular projects. To install Angular CLI, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open a Terminal or Command Prompt

Open a terminal or command prompt on your machine. You can usually do this by searching for "Terminal" (on macOS/Linux) or "Command Prompt" (on Windows) in your system's search bar.

Step 2: Install Angular CLI Globally

Run the following command to install Angular CLI globally on your system:

npm install -g @angular/cli 

This command will download and install Angular CLI globally on your machine, making it available as a command-line tool.

Step 3: Verify Angular CLI Installation

After installing Angular CLI, you can verify the installation by running the following command:

ng --version 

This command should display the version of Angular CLI installed on your system, along with other related information.

Creating a New Angular Project

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With Angular CLI installed, you can now create a new Angular project using the ng new command. Follow these steps to create a new Angular project:

Step 1: Navigate to Your Projects Directory

Navigate to the directory where you want to create your Angular project. You can use the cd command to change directories. For example:

cd path/to/your/projects 

Replace path/to/your/projects with the actual path to your projects directory.

Step 2: Create a New Angular Project

Once you're in the desired directory, run the following command to create a new Angular project:

ng new my-angular-app 

Replace my-angular-app with the name you want to give to your Angular project. This command will generate a new Angular project with the specified name.

Step 3: Navigate to the Project Directory

After creating the project, navigate into the newly created project directory using the cd command:

cd my-angular-app 

Replace my-angular-app with the name of your Angular project.

Serving the Angular Application

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Once you're inside the project directory, you can use Angular CLI's serve command to build and serve the Angular application locally. Here's how:

Step 1: Serve the Application

Run the following command to serve your Angular application:

ng serve 

This command will compile your Angular application and start a development server. By default, the application will be served at http://localhost:4200 .

Step 2: Open the Application in Your Browser

Open your web browser and navigate to http://localhost:4200 to view your Angular application running locally. You should see the default Angular welcome page.

Additional Options and Customization

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Angular Version

You can specify the version of Angular to be installed when creating a new project. For example, to create a new project with Angular version 12, you can use the --version flag:

ng new my-angular-app --version 12 

Configuration Options

During the project creation process, Angular CLI will prompt you to choose various configuration options such as routing, CSS preprocessor, and more. You can select your preferred options based on your project requirements.


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Congratulations! You've successfully installed Angular and created your first Angular project. You're now ready to start building powerful web applications with Angular. Experiment with Angular CLI commands, explore the Angular documentation, and unleash the full potential of Angular in your projects. Happy coding!