npm i @richapps/ngtron


Easily serve and build angular based electron applications

by Benjamin Dobler

1.0.0-rc.8 (see all)License:MITTypeScript:Not Found
npm i @richapps/ngtron


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Angular + Electron = ❤️

Angular CLI extension based on Schematics and Builders for building angular based electron applications. This project uses the new architect API which was introduced in Angular 8. So you can only use this addon starting with angular 8!

Ngtron will setup your angular workspace with the finest electron tools available. Electron Builder is added to package your projects for mac, windows and linux.

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An typical electron project consists of node application which is called the main process. This main process can create BrowserWindows which contain web pages. Those web pages are called renderer processes in the context of electron. Consequently an ngtron project is a combination of different types of applications. This nicely fits with the multi project support of Angular workspaces. An ngtron project can have exactly one main (node) project and n renderer projects (normal angular projects). There is one more type which is an electron project type where this all configured. This flexible architecture allows to build electron apps which include multiple angular projects. You can for example open several windows each containing a different Angular application.


NGTron supports the ng-add schematic to setup an angular workspace. Running the schematic will install the @richapps/ngtron packages and setup further dependencies like electron-builder.

ng add @richapps/ngtron


The recommended way of using ngtron is to use multiple projects for each type (main, renderer, electron) in an angular workspace. Beside that ngtron also supports root level projects which do not use multiple projects by adding the main process and electron files inside the renderer project. Here you will find an overview of the different setups.

ng new workspace --create-application=false ng add @richapps/ngtron ng generate @richapps/ngtron:app

You will be prompted for a project name. Let's assue you choose my_app as the project name.

This will generate three projects in your worspace.

  • myapp-electron This projects holds the electron specific configuration and assets like icons for your electron application.

  • myapp-main This projects is a node project which will used for the main process of your application

  • myapp-renderer This is the angular project where you can define your renderer code (Note: you can add more renderer projects if you for example want to open different angular apps in different windows of your electron app).

You can now run your app with: ng serve myapp-electron And package your app with: ng run myapp-electron:package

Using an existing angular project as the renderer for an electron app

ng add @richapps/ngtron

`ng generate @richapps/ngtron:app --project=

Create a root level ngtron project

ng new <my-project>

ng add @richapps/ngtron

ng generate @richapps/ngtron:app --project=<my-project> --singleProject=true

Adding ngtron to an existing root level project

ng add @richapps/ngtron

ng generate @richapps/ngtron:app --project=my-existing-project --singleProject=true

Run app while developing (with hot reloading)

ng run project:build-electron

Builds the app and opens it in an electron window. Uses hot reloading whenever your code changes.

Package your app

ng run project:package-electron

You can customize your build settings in the angular.json. There you will find all the settings which you can use in electron-builder.

Serve app in the browser

ng run project:serve-electron This will serve your app in the browser even if you use node or electron apis. Example will follow.



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