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Generating a Project from a Framework Template

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Overview

During project creation, WebStorm can generate a project stub for developing Web applications. The project structure is set up and some sources are generated based on external templates and frameworks downloaded upon your request.

WebStorm generates project stubs based on the following templates:

Generating a HTML5 Boilerplate, Web Starter Kit, React Starter Kit, Twitter Bootstrap, or Foundation application stub

  1. Choose File | New Project on the main menu or click the New Project button on the Welcome screen. The New Project Dialog dialog box opens.
  2. In the left-hand pane, choose the template to use depending on your preferences and the functionality to be implemented in your application:
    • Empty: choose this option to get just a project folder without any contents.
    • HTML5 Boilerplate: choose this option to use the HTML5 Boilerplate template. This is a starting project template that can be easily adapted to your needs.
    • Web Starter Kit: choose this option to use the Web Starter Kit.
    • React Starter Kit: choose this option to use the React Starter Kit.
    • Twitter Bootstrap: choose this option to use the Twitter Bootstrap template, which is an elaborate modular toolkit with rich HTML, CSS, and JavaScript support.
    • Foundation: choose this option to use the Foundation framework.
  3. The set of controls in the right-hand pane depends on the chosen template.
    1. In the Location text box, specify the path to the project folder where the project-related files will be stored.
    2. Choose the template version to use and click Create.

Generating a Node.js Express application stub

Generating such application stubs requires that Node.js is supported in WebStorm:

  1. The Node.js runtime environment is downloaded and installed on your computer.
  2. The Node.js repository plugin is installed and enabled. The plugin is bundled with WebStorm and activated by default. If the plugin is not activated, enable it on the Plugins page of the Settings / Preferences Dialog as described in Enabling and Disabling Plugins.
Learn more in Node.js

To generate a Node.js application stub:

  1. Choose File | New Project on the main menu or click the New Project button on the Welcome screen. The New Project Dialog dialog box opens.
  2. In the left-hand pane, choose Node.js Express App.
  3. In the right-hand pane, specify the following:
    1. In the Location text box, specify the path to the project folder where the project-related files will be stored.
    2. The path to the Node.js executable file node.exe and to the Node.js package manager file npm.cmd.
    3. The Express template engine to use. From the Template engine drop-down list, choose one of the following:
    4. The CSS engine to use. From the CSS engine drop-down list, choose one of the following:
  4. Click Create, when ready. WebStorm launches the Express Project Generator tool that downloads all the required data, sets up the project structure, and opens the project either in the current window or in a new one, depending on your choice.

Generating a Dart application stub

Generating Dart application stubs requires that Dart is supported in WebStorm:

  1. The Dart SDK is available on your computer.
  2. The Dart plugin is installed and enabled. The plugin is bundled with WebStorm and activated by default. If the plugin is not activated, enable it on the Plugins page of the Settings / Preferences Dialog as described in Enabling and Disabling Plugins.

To generate a Dart application stub:

  1. Choose File | New Project on the main menu or click the New Project button on the Welcome screen. The New Project Dialog dialog box opens.
  2. In the left-hand pane, choose Dart.
  3. In the right-hand pane:
    1. In the Location text box, specify the path to the project folder where the project-related files will be stored.
    2. Specify the paths to the Dart SDK and to the Dartium executable file. WebStorm detects and displays the Dart version. If the SDK was downloaded within the Dart Editor Bundle, the path to Dartium is also detected and filled in automatically.
    3. To have annotations verified and assertions checked, select the Start Dartium in checked mode check box. Learn more about Dartium command line flags at https://www.dartlang.org/tools/dartium/.
    Click Create when ready.

If necessary, you can open the Dart page of the Settings dialog box by clicking the Settings button and configure command-line options and a custom user data directory for Dartium.

Generating a Meteor application stub

When you click Create, WebStorm generates a skeleton of a Meteor application, including an HTML file, a JavaScript file, a CSS file, and a .meteor folder with subfolders. The .meteor/local folder, which is intended for storing the built application, is automatically marked as excluded and is not involved in indexing.

By default, excluded files are shown in the project tree. To have the .meteor/local folder hidden, click the viewMode button on the toolbar of the Project tool window and remove a tick next to the Show Excluded Files option.

WebStorm also automatically attaches the predefined Meteor library to the project, thus enabling syntax highlighting, resolving references, and code completion. See Configuring JavaScript Libraries for details.

Meteor uses Spacebars templates that are an extension of the Handlebars/Mustache templates. WebStorm recognizes Spacebars templates, but as a side effect marks HTML files in Meteor projects with the Handlebars/Mustache icon fileTypeHandlebars.

  1. Choose File | New Project on the main menu or click the New Project button on the Welcome screen. The New Project Dialog dialog box opens.
  2. In the left-hand pane, choose Meteor JS App.
  3. In the right-hand pane:
    1. In the Location text box, specify the path to the project folder where the project-related files will be stored.
    2. Specify the location of the Meteor executable file (see Installing Meteor).
    3. From the Template drop-down list, choose the sample to generate. To have a basic project structure generated, choose the Default option.
    4. In the Filename text box, type the name for the mutually related .js, .html, and .css files that will be generated. The text box is available only if the Default sample type is selected from the Template drop-dow list.

Generating a PhoneGap/Cordova/Ionic application stub

  1. Choose File | New Project on the main menu or click the New Project button on the Welcome screen. The New Project Dialog dialog box opens.
  2. In the left-hand pane, choose PhoneGap/Cordova App.
  3. In the right-hand pane:
    1. In the Location text box, specify the path to the project folder where the project-related files will be stored.
    2. Specify the location of the executable file phonegap.cmd, or cordova.cmd, or ionic.cmd (see Installing PhoneGap/Cordova/Ionic).

When you click Create, WebStorm generates a skeleton of a PhoneGap/Cordova/Ionic application with the framework-specific structure.

Generating an AngularJS application stub

This requires that the AngularJS plugin is installed and enabled. The plugin is bundled with WebStorm and activated by default. If the plugin is not activated, enable it on the Plugins page of the Settings / Preferences Dialog as described in Enabling and Disabling Plugins.

To generate an AngularJS application stub:

  1. Choose File | New Project on the main menu or click the New Project button on the Welcome screen. The New Project Dialog dialog box opens.
  2. In the left-hand pane, choose AngularJS.
  3. In the right-hand pane:
    1. In the Location text box, specify the path to the project folder where the project-related files will be stored.
    2. From the Version drop-down list, choose the branch https://github.com/angular/angular.js to download the project template from. By default, master if shown.
  4. When you click Create, WebStorm sets up the AngularJS-specific project structure and generates the bower.json and package.json files with the definitions of all the necessary dependencies.
  5. Download the AngularJs dependencies that contain the AngularJS code and the tools that support development and testing.
    1. Launch the embedded Terminal by hovering your mouse pointer over show_tool_window_bars in the lower left corner of WebStorm and choosing Terminal from the menu (see Working with Embedded Local Terminal for details).
    2. Switch to the directory where NPM is stored or define a PATH variable for it so it is available from any folder, see Installing NodeJs.
    3. At the command line prompt, type the following command:
      npm install

    Learn more about the installation of dependencies in the Install Dependencies section of the readme.md file.

When you click Create, WebStorm generates a skeleton of a AngularJS application with the framework-specific structure.

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Last modified: 2 September 2016