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Spend less time looking up command line arguments and more time shipping incredible products.

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With Nx, you can get a full-stack application up and running in minutes, no need to figure out source maps, webpack, test runners. It all works out of the box. Nx also helps you enforce consistent development practices by generating components, services, and state management modules.

Why Nx Console?

Developers use both command-line tools and user interfaces. They commit in the terminal, but resolve conflicts in VSCode or WebStorm. They use the right tool for the job.

Nx is a command-line tool, which works great when you want to serve an application or generate a simple component. But it falls short once you start doing advanced things.

For instance:

  • Exploring custom schematic collections is hard in the terminal, but it's easy using Nx Console.
  • Using rarely-used flags is challenging. Do you pass absolute or relative paths? You don't have to remember any flags, names, or paths -- Nx Console will help you by providing autocompletion and validating your inputs.
  • Finding the right Nx extension can take a long time. When using Nx Console, you can find and install an extension in minutes.

Nx Console does all that and more!

Download

For VSCode users, you can install the Nx Console VSCode Plugin from Marketplace.

True UI for Nx

Nx Console is the UI for Nx. It will work for any schematic or any architect commands. Nx Console does not have a specific UI for, say, generating a component. Instead, Nx Console does what the command-line version of Nx does--it analyzes the same meta information to create the needed UI. This means that anything you can do with Nx, you can do with Nx Console. After all, Nx Console is the UI for Nx.

Useful for Both Experts and Beginners

Even though we started building Nx Console as a tool for experts, we also aimed to make Nx Console a great tool for developers who are new to development or Nx. You can create projects, interact with your editor, run generators and commands, install extensions without ever touching the terminal or having to install any node packages globally. Also, Nx Console highlights the properties you are likely to use for built-in generators and commands, so if you haven't used the CLI, you don't get overwhelmed.

Documentation

Generate

The Generate action allows you to choose a schematic and then opens a form listing out all the options for that schematic. As you make changes to the form, the schematic is executed in --dry-run mode in a terminal so you can preview the results of running the schematic in real time.

From the Command Pallete

You can also launch the Generate action from the Command Palette (⇧⌘P) by selecting nx: generate (ui).

You can even construct the schematic options while staying entirely within the Command Palette. Use ⇧⌘P to open the Command Palette, then select nx: generate. After choosing a schematic, select any of the listed options to modify the schematic command. When you're satified with the constructed command, choose the Execute command at the top of the list.

Run

The Run action allows you to choose a builder command and then opens a form listing out all the options for that builder. The frequently used builder commands build, serve, test, e2e and lint also have their own dedicated actions.

From the Command Pallete

You can also construct the builder command options while staying entirely within the Command Palette. Use ⇧⌘P to open the Command Palette, then select nx: test. After choosing a project, select any of the listed options to modify the builder command options. When you're satified with the constructed command, choose the Execute command at the top of the list.

Common Nx Commands

You can also launch other common Nx commands with the options listed out in the Command Palette.

Projects

Clicking on the name of any project will navigate to that project's definition in the workspace.json (or angular.json) file. Clicking on the name of any builder command will navigate to that builder command's definition in the workspace.json (or angular.json) file.

Clicking the [refresh-light.svg] icon next to the PROJECTS header will repopulate the Projects pane from the workspace.json (or angular.json) file.

Clicking the [folder-light.svg] icon next to a project will reveal that project's folder in the VSCode Explorer pane.

Clicking the [continue-light.svg] icon next to a builder command will execute that command without prompting for options.

Streamlining

If you find yourself running the same command many times, here are few tips to save yourself some key strokes.

Rerun Last Task

If you want to rerun the last task with all the same options specified, bring up the Command Palette (⇧⌘P) and choose Rerun Last Task.

Keyboard Shortcuts

You can also set up custom tasks and assign keyboard shortcuts to them. In .vscode/tasks.json add a task like this:

{
  "label": "Test Affected",
  "type": "shell",
  "command": "nx affected --target=test"
}

Then from the Command Palette (⇧⌘P) choose Preferences: Open Keyboard Shortcuts (JSON). Then add the following shortcut:

{
  "key": "ctrl+cmd+t",
  "command": "workbench.action.tasks.runTask",
  "args": "Test Affected"
}

Now, pressing ^⌘T will run nx affected --target=test.

Here is more information on VSCode tasks and keyboard shortcuts.