First things first, it is assumed that you know how to use a terminal on your machine, if you're unfamiliar with the terminal, best get familiar with that first.
You're also going to want to use Node 8 as this is the current LTS (long term support) version.
We're going to use yarn instead of
npm to ensure our dependencies are in lock step.
Create a new directory for this tutorial and install broccoli:
The above command will add broccoli and broccoli-cli as dev dependencies of your project. The CLI tool can also be installed globally if you wish, it just checks some basic dependencies in the current project before running the main broccoli library.
package.json add the following to the
scripts node (add this if it's not present):
You can now use
yarn build and
yarn serve for convenience.
After this, you'll need the files in this directory.
Once you have those in your project, you'll see the
Build - Debug and
Serve - Debug in your debug tab, see
the VSCode docs for more details on debugging.
Run > Edit Configurations from the menu bar, click the
+ in the top right hand corner, and select
Name the configuration
run is selected in the
command entry, and select
build from the
dropdown, and hit apply. Repeat for the
You can now add breakpoints by clicking in the column to the left of the line numbers (on the left) and then proceed to invoke a debugging session:
Intellij: Screenshot 2018-09-20 18.57.10
The build file
Broccoli uses a file called
Brocfile.js that must live in the root of your project, this is what will contain your
So create a
Brocfile.js in the root of your project, with the contents:
Next, create a directory
app within the project, and add a
index.html file with the contents
Eat your greens!.
That's it, you're done.
The initial setup of this tutorial merely copies files from the input
app directory by exporting the string
Brocfile.js contains the Broccoli configuration for the build. The
module.exports line must export a Broccoli
tree. "But it's a string" you say, yes, Broccoli will automatically convert a string into a
source node, and on build,
validate that the directory exists. In this case, the Brocfile merely exports a single tree, containing the contents of
app directory, this will then be copied to the destination directory (
dist in our case).
To run a build, run
yarn build (if you added the script) or
rm -rf dist && broccoli build dist.
You should see something like:
$ yarn build
This yarn command will remove any previous builds, and run a new build, outputting to the
Broccoli doesn't remove previous builds by default, so we must remove it before starting a new build.
The contents of
app should now be in the
dist directory. Try:
$ cat dist/index.html
Now try running
yarn serve or
broccoli serve and you should see:
$ yarn serve
You will see the URL
http://localhost:4200, if you open this in the browser, you should see:
Great, your first Broccoli build is complete, pat yourself on the back 👏.
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