ember.js Getting started with ember.js

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This section provides an overview of what ember.js is, and why a developer might want to use it.

It should also mention any large subjects within ember.js, and link out to the related topics. Since the Documentation for ember.js is new, you may need to create initial versions of those related topics.


Up-To-Date Release

VersionRelease Date
2.14.0 beta2017-04-29

Installation or Setup

Getting started with Ember is easy. Ember projects are created and managed through our command line build tool Ember CLI. This tool provides:

  • Modern application asset management (including concatenation, minification, and versioning).
  • Generators to help create components, routes, and more.
  • A conventional project layout, making existing Ember applications easy to approach.
  • Support for ES2015/ES6 JavaScript via the Babel project. This includes support for JavaScript modules, which are used throughout this guide.
  • A complete QUnit test harness.
  • The ability to consume a growing ecosystem of Ember Addons.


Node.js and npm

Ember CLI is built with JavaScript, and expects the Node.js runtime. It also requires dependencies fetched via npm. npm is packaged with Node.js, so if your computer has Node.js installed you are ready to go.

Ember requires Node.js 0.12 or higher and npm 2.7 or higher. If you're not sure whether you have Node.js or the right version, run this on your command line:

node --version
npm --version

If you get a "command not found" error or an outdated version for Node:

If you get an outdated version of npm, run npm install -g npm .


Ember requires Git to manage many of its dependencies. Git comes with Mac OS X and most Linux distributions. Windows users can download and run this Git installer.

Watchman (optional)

On Mac and Linux, you can improve file watching performance by installing Watchman.

PhantomJS (optional)

You can run your tests from the command line with PhantomJS, without the need for a browser to be open. Consult the PhantomJS download instructions.


Install Ember using npm:

npm install -g ember-cli

To verify that your installation was successful, run:

ember -v

If a version number is shown, you're ready to go.

Assign localhost ports (esp. permissions/availability issues, running multiple ember sites simultaneously)

Occasionally it's useful to assign one or more ports manually vs using the defaults. Doing so can solve port availability/permissions issues or accommodate running more than one ember instance at a time.

To have ember-cli attempt to identify and assign an available port, use:

ember serve --port 0

Per ember help: "Pass 0 to automatically pick an available port". (In a terminal, type ember help).

To run more than one ember site at the same time, each needs its own server and live-reload ports. A simple approach: in separate Terminal windows navigate to each instance and use the following to launch them with their own ports:

ember serve --port 0 --live-reload-port 0

If you get an error about availability or permission in any of these cases, enter the following python script at your Terminal prompt to identify an available port:

python -c 'import socket; s=socket.socket(); s.bind(("", 0)); print(s.getsockname()[1]); s.close()'

Use the results to specify ports you now know to be available:

ember serve --port <known_port_1> --live-reload-port <known_port_2>

Creating App

Ember CLI allows you to use one of two options to generate a new app:

  1. Create a folder and run ember init (generates application structure and sets up git and makes your first commit)
  2. Run ember new <app name> (creates a folder with the specified name, steps into it and runs ember init )

Once the generation process is complete, boot a live-reload server within the app folder by running:

ember server

or ember s for short. *Ta-da, now you have a running Ember app! Official Docs

Creating your first template

Let's create a new template using the ember generate command.

ember generate template application

The application template is always on screen when a user is visiting your application. In your editor of choice, open app/templates/application.hbs and add the following code:

<h2>My first Ember application</h2>


Now you should see the newly added text on the welcome page of your application. Also notice that Ember automatically detects the new file and reloads the page for you. Neat, right?

Deploy App

To deploy an Ember application simply transfer the output from ember build to a web server. This can be done with standard Unix file transfer tools such as rsync or scp . There are also services that will let you deploy easily.

ember build
scp -r dist/* myserver.com:/var/www/public/

normally we would use ember build --environment=production which does more to make your code ready for production (gzip and minify code).

How to work with JavaScript plugins

There are four ways to work with JavaScript plugins,

  1. Ember add-on
  2. Import JavaScript plugins globally
  3. Consume named AMD plugins
  4. Via ember-browserify

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