Angular – Add Bootstrap to your application

Bootstrap components / styles installation

In the root of your angular project open package.json file and add new dependency for Bootstrap and font-awesome.

"dependencies": {
    "bootstrap": "^3.3.7",
    "font-awesome": "^4.7.0"

Update installed dependencies with npm :

$ npm install

Add new directive for styles in .angular-cli.json configuration

      "styles": [

After you build your angular application, new webpack prepared application will contain bootstrap components and font.

Start using bootstrap

Simply use bootstrap class directives in your templates, partial template code:

<div class='panel panel-default'>
  <div class='panel-heading'>
    <h3 class='panel-title'>

And the result of the example :



Angular and Git project setup

Angular-CLI, VSCode and Git/GitHub configuration

I will create Angular 4 client application with project setup needed to seamlessly develop and store source code to remote Github repository.

Projects folder structure

I will create client side SPA application as client to Java spring boot server application, created in previous blog article.

Both projects (server & client) are in separate folders, only at the deployment stage they will be combined under java server application. In the simplest micro-service deployment scenario, both applications are served from the same server instance. Embedded Tomcat server  will serve all files needed for angular client side application and to drive java REST services as application back-end.

!  !--SpringBootMyApp

Generate angular client project

After you have installed all prerequisites for angular you create a new empty application from command line. Command will create application subfolder and all required app files for simple angular app.

/myapp/client/$ ng new AngularMyApp

You can experiment with some command line switches to add additional generator options like generate routes file for example (–routing).


If you do not want to actually execute commands then add –dry-run option (“-d”  for short) and inspect generated set of commands.

$ ng new app_name --routing 
$ ng new app_name --dry-run 
$ ng new app_name -r -d

Open project in Visual Studio Code

You can open project from command line (“code .”) or open folder from inside editor.

Integrate with Git  source control

After angular-cli create a project it will immediately initialize GIT folder and commit initial version of an application.

You can check log of git commits right after generating new app :

/AngularMyApp/$ git log

and result will be something like this :

Author: Angular CLI <>
Date:   Mon Jun 26 22:41:07 2017 +0200

chore: initial commit from @angular/cli

We see initial commit was done by @angular/cli tool.

Configure remote Git repository

If you wish to publish code to the Git-Hub server, you need to prepare local windows git to be able to push code to remote server without any username/password interaction.

git config --global credential.helper wincred
git config --global "user_name"
git config --global ""

This type of user identification is used with HTTPS repository address for git communication.

You need to have github repository created (empty project!). When you create new repository, try to not create readme file, because you will not be able to push initial code up without “force” option. This option is not possible inside visual studio code. “Force push” is possible with command line or with github desktop client.

With remote repository created configure “git remote”  localy with correct “https” repository address :
/AngularMyApp/ $> git remote add AngularMyApp
Push code to Github

After adding remote repository to local git configuration you select “Push to…” inside visual studio code Git extension menu (…), select remote repository and push.

SSH key passphrase

You need to setup your ssh-agent correctly to work with remote git repository without constant interruptions with an question for ssh passphrase.

If you use bash terminal inside vscode and you work on windows, add the ssh-agent to the setup script in your home (~) folder (usually c:\Users\your_name\.bash_profile file.


agent_load_env () { test -f "$env" && . "$env" >| /dev/null ; }

agent_start () {
    (umask 077; ssh-agent >| "$env")
    . "$env" >| /dev/null ; }


# agent_run_state: 0=agent running w/ key; 1=agent w/o key; 2= agent not running
agent_run_state=$(ssh-add -l >| /dev/null 2>&1; echo $?)

if [ ! "$SSH_AUTH_SOCK" ] || [ $agent_run_state = 2 ]; then
elif [ "$SSH_AUTH_SOCK" ] && [ $agent_run_state = 1 ]; then

unset env

You can check with the command

git fetch

If you get the question then you probably need to create proper ssh-agent setup.




Initial code for AngularMyApp is on this github repostory.


Visual Studio Code – customization

How to customize your visual studio code

Custom settings are saved in “settings.json” file, you can open it with Ctrol+Shift+P,  search for Preference: Open user settings .

Custom terminal shell – BASH

If you wish to change shell from default windows powershell to cygwin bash terminal for example, use next setting:

"": "C:\\cygwin64\\bin\\bash.exe"

Of course you will need to set proper folder where your cygwin is installed on your machine.

Change size of fonts and window appearance

    "editor.fontSize": 14,
    "window.zoomLevel": 2,
GIT integration enable/disable

If you do not won’t GIT integration (doesn’t work good with cygwin git version on windows for example) use :

"git.enabled": false,

But, you will need to type git commands manually if you do that.

Angular v4 Typescript Snippets

The Visual Studio Code plugin for code snippets from JohnPapa.

Ctrl+P => ext install Angular2

Angular Language Service

The Visual Studio Code plugin for Html editor intellisense from Angular team.

Ctrl+P => ext install ng-template

 GIT History

Plugin for GIT file compare and history/log checking.

Install :

Ctrl+P => ext install githistory


Ctrl+Shift+P => search for "Git History"






Angular with Bootstrap

How to add Bootstrap to your angular application

Add dependency to your package.json file, this will install bootstrap to your local node_modules folder with “npm update” command.

"dependencies" : {
    "bootstrap": "^3.3.7",
    "font-awesome": "^4.7.0"

Add CSS files to angular cli file (.angular-cli.json)

"apps": [{
      "styles": [

Now you can start using bootstrap classes in HTML templates.

<div class='panel panel-primary'>
  <div class='panel-heading'>
  <div class='panel-body'>
    <div class='row'>
       <div class='col-md-2'>Filter by:</div>
       <div class='col-md-4'>
         <input type='text'/>



Angular components

Create new component with CLI

To create new component run ng generate command. This command has ability to generate different entities of your angular application like components, modules, interfaces, services, etc.  If you generate component, your angular application will  be updated to include newly generated component automatically.

$ ng generate component component_name
$ ng g c component_name