Two Styles of Repo

There are two styles of repos: integrated and package-based. This tutorial shows the integrated style.

You can find more information on the difference between the two in our introduction.

Node Tutorial - Part 1: Code Generation

In this tutorial you'll create a backend-focused workspace with Nx.


Your Objective

For this tutorial, you'll create an Express API application, a CLI (command-line interface) application, and a library for a data client that these two applications will use to interact with a data-source.

Our Workspace Requirements

Creating an Nx Workspace

Run the command npx create-nx-workspace@latest and when prompted, provide the following responses:



npx create-nx-workspace@latest

✔ Choose your style · integrated ✔ What to create in the new workspace · ts ✔ Repository name · my-products Enable distributed caching to make your CI faster · Yes
Opting into Nx Cloud

You will also be prompted whether to add Nx Cloud to your workspace. We won't address this in this tutorial, but you can see the introduction to Nx Cloud for more details.

Install the Node Plugin

Open the folder that was created and install the @nrwl/node plugin.

cd my-products npm i -D @nrwl/node

Add Two Application to Your Workspace



nx g @nrwl/node:app products-api

> NX Generating @nrwl/node:application CREATE packages/products-api/src/app/.gitkeep CREATE packages/products-api/src/assets/.gitkeep CREATE packages/products-api/src/main.ts CREATE packages/products-api/ CREATE packages/products-api/tsconfig.json CREATE packages/products-api/project.json CREATE packages/products-api/.eslintrc.json CREATE packages/products-api/jest.config.ts CREATE packages/products-api/tsconfig.spec.json

Run this command to create your products-cli app:



npx nx g @nrwl/node:app products-cli

> NX Generating @nrwl/node:application CREATE packages/products-cli/src/app/.gitkeep CREATE packages/products-cli/src/assets/.gitkeep CREATE packages/products-cli/src/main.ts CREATE packages/products-cli/ CREATE packages/products-cli/tsconfig.json CREATE packages/products-cli/project.json CREATE packages/products-cli/.eslintrc.json CREATE packages/products-cli/jest.config.ts CREATE packages/products-cli/tsconfig.spec.json

Nx Generator Syntax

Generating Libraries

To create the products-data-client library, use the @nrwl/js:lib generator:



npx nx g @nrwl/js:lib products-data-client

> NX Generating @nrwl/js:library CREATE libs/products-data-client/ CREATE libs/products-data-client/package.json CREATE libs/products-data-client/src/index.ts CREATE libs/products-data-client/src/lib/products-data-client.spec.ts CREATE libs/products-data-client/src/lib/products-data-client.ts CREATE libs/products-data-client/tsconfig.json CREATE libs/products-data-client/tsconfig.lib.json CREATE libs/products-data-client/project.json UPDATE tsconfig.base.json CREATE libs/products-data-client/.eslintrc.json CREATE libs/products-data-client/jest.config.ts CREATE libs/products-data-client/tsconfig.spec.json

You have now created all three projects from the design:

  • products-api in apps/products-api
  • products-cli in apps/products-cli
  • products-data-client in libs/products-data-client

What's Next