How to Use Angular 2 Nightly Builds

This post explains how to use nightly-builds of Angular 2.

Angular 2 consists of some modules. Each module has own package and its version. And there are nightly-builds packages of these.

Nightly Builds

Nightly-builds has its own repository. For example, @angular/core repo corresponds to angular/core-builds.

angular/core-builds: @angular/core build artifacts

Every @angular packages has corresponding -builds repo.

These repositories are updated when the main repo’s master is committed. So these help us if you want to use new features or avoid bugs which not released yet.

How to use

Each repo has its package.json. so we can install these via npm install.

$ npm install --save angular/core-builds

or dependencies field in package.json.

{
    "dependencies": {
        "@angular/core": "angular/core-builds"
    }
}

npm supports dependencies from GitHub. My dependencies are below:

{
  "dependencies": {
    "@angular/common": "angular/common-builds",
    "@angular/compiler": "angular/compiler-builds",
    "@angular/compiler-cli": "angular/compiler-cli-builds",
    "@angular/core": "angular/core-builds",
    "@angular/forms": "angular/forms-builds",
    "@angular/platform-browser": "angular/platform-browser-builds",
    "@angular/platform-browser-dynamic": "angular/platform-browser-dynamic-builds",
    "@angular/platform-server": "angular/platform-server-builds",
    "@angular/router": "angular/router-builds",
    "core-js": "^2.4.0",
    "rxjs": "5.0.0-beta.6",
    "zone.js": "^0.6.6"
  }
}

Summary

  • All Angular 2 modules have its own nightly-builds repo
  • Nightly-builds are synchronized with angular/angular master
  • We can use these via npm GitHub dependencies

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