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Installing AdonisJs is a simple process and will only take a few minutes.

System Requirements

The only dependencies of the framework are Node.js and npm.

Ensure your versions of those tools match the following criteria:

  • Node.js >= 8.0.0

  • npm >= 3.0.0

  • git

You can use tools like nvm to help manage multiple versions of Node.js and npm at the same time.

Installing AdonisJs

Via AdonisJs CLI

AdonisJs CLI is a command line tool to help you install AdonisJs.

Install it globally via npm like so:

> npm i -g @adonisjs/cli
You can also use npx to avoid installing the CLI globally.

Make sure to add the npm system-wide node_modules/.bin directory to your $PATH to be able to access the installed binary.

Once installed, you can use the adonis new command to create fresh installations of AdonisJs.

For example, to create a new application called yardstick, simply:

> adonis new yardstick

By default, the fullstack blueprint is cloned from Github. You can customize this by using the options --api-only or --slim.

You can also specify your own blueprint by using the option --blueprint=<github-org/repo>.

Via Git

Alternatively, you can use git directly to fetch our boilerplates:

# Fullstack
> git clone --dissociate

> git clone --dissociate

# Slim
> git clone --dissociate

After cloning a boilerplate, install all dependencies by running npm install.

Serving the application

Once the installation process has completed, you can cd into your new application directory and run the following command to start the HTTP Server:

> adonis serve --dev

This command starts the server on the port defined inside the root .env file.