Angular Nx Tutorial - Step 1: Create Application

In this tutorial you use Nx to build a full-stack application out of common libraries using modern technologies like Cypress and Nest.

This tutorial uses several Nx plugins to provide a rich dev experience. All the plugins are optional. Read about using Nx Core without plugins.

Create a new workspace

Start by creating a new workspace.

npx create-nx-workspace@latest

You then receive the following prompts in your command line:

Workspace name (e.g., org name)     myorg
What to create in the new workspace angular
Application name                    todos
Default stylesheet format           CSS

You can also choose to add Nx Cloud, but its not required for the tutorial.

When asked about 'preset', select angular, and todos for the app name.

myorg/
├── apps/
│   ├── todos/
│   │   ├── src/
│   │   │   ├── app/
│   │   │   ├── assets/
│   │   │   ├── environments/
│   │   │   ├── favicon.ico
│   │   │   ├── index.html
│   │   │   ├── main.ts
│   │   │   ├── polyfills.ts
│   │   │   ├── styles.scss
│   │   │   └── test.ts
│   │   ├── .babelrc
│   │   ├── .browserslistrc
│   │   ├── .eslintrc.json
│   │   ├── jest.conf.js
│   │   ├── tsconfig.app.json
│   │   ├── tsconfig.json
│   │   ├── tsconfig.spec.json
│   │   └── tslint.json
│   └── todos-e2e/
│       ├── src/
│       │   ├── fixtures/
│       │   │   └── example.json
│       │   ├── integration/
│       │   │   └── app.spec.ts
│       │   ├── plugins/
│       │   │   └── index.ts
│       │   └── support/
│       │       ├── app.po.ts
│       │       ├── commands.ts
│       │       └── index.ts
│       ├── cypress.json
│       ├── tsconfig.e2e.json
│       ├── tsconfig.json
│       └── tslint.json
├── libs/
├── tools/
├── .eslintrc.json
├── .prettierrc
├── babel.config.json
├── jest.config.js
├── jest.preset.js
├── nx.json
├── package.json
├── README.md
├── tsconfig.base.json
└── workspace.json

The generate command added two projects to our workspace:

  • An Angular application
  • E2E tests for the Angular application

Serve the newly created application

Now that the application is set up, run it locally via:

npx nx serve todos

Note on the Nx CLI

If you would prefer to run using a global installation of Nx, you can run:

nx serve todos

Depending on how your dev env is set up, the command above might result in Command 'nx' not found.

To fix it, you can either install the nx cli globally by running:

npm install -g nx

or

yarn global add nx

Alternatively, you can run the local installation of Nx by prepending every command with npm run:

npx nx serve todos

or

yarn nx serve todos

Note on nx serve and ng serve

Internally, the Nx CLI delegates to the Angular CLI when running commands or generating code. The nx serve command produces the same result as ng serve, and nx build produces the same results as ng build. However, the Nx CLI supports advanced capabilities that aren't supported by the Angular CLI. For instance, Nx's computation cache only works when using the Nx CLI. In other words, using nx instead ng results in the same output, but often performs a lot better. Read more about Nx CLI and Angular CLI.