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Setting up Angular 2 in Visual Studio

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Part 1 - Introduction to Angular 2 | Text | Slides

In this video we will discuss how to set up Angular 2 in Visual Studio.

Step 1 : The first step is to install Node.js and npm. It is recommended that you have node version 4.6.x or greater and npm 3.x.x or greater. To check the versions that you have on your machine type the following commands in a command window.
node -v 
npm -v

You can get the latest version of Node.js from the following website. Click on the correct download link depending on the Operating System you have.

I have Windows 64 bit Operating system, so I have downloaded 64 - bit windows installer.

To find out if you have 32 - bit or 64 - bit operating system 
  1. Click the Start icon , 
  2. Type "System" in the Start Search box, and then click System Information in the Programs list.
  3. Select "System Summary" 
  4. In the right pane if 
    • System type is x64-based PC, then you have 64-bit operating system
    • System type is x86-based PC, then you have 32-bit operating system
Step 2 : Make sure you have Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 installed. To check the version of Visual Studio you have click on the "Help" menu and then select "About Microsoft Visual Studio". The following are the download links if you don't have Visual Studio 2015 Update 3.

Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 - Update 3
Visual Studio Professional 2015 - Update 3
Visual Studio Community 2015 - Update 3

how to check version of visual studio

Step 3 : Configure environment settings for node and npm in Visual Studio
  1. In Visual Studio click on Tools - Options.
  2. In the "Options" window, expand "Projects and Solutions" and select "External Web Tools"
  3. In the right pane, move the global $(PATH) entry to be above the internal path $(DevEnvDir) entries. This tells Visual Studio to look for external tools (like npm) in the global path before the internal path.
  4. Click "OK" to close the "Options" window and then restart Visual Stduio for the changes to take effect
visual studio external web tools

Step 4 :  Install TypeScript for Visual Studio 2015
  1. To develop Angular applications you need TypeScript 2.2.0 or later
  2. To check the version of TypeScript, clik on the "Help" menu in Visual Studio and select "About Microsoft Visual Studio"
    how to check version of typescript

  3. Download and install the latest version of TypeScript for Visual Studio 2015 from the following URL
  4. After installing TypeScript, the installation wizard prompts you to restart Visual Studio. So, please restart Visual Studio for the changes to take effect.
Step 5 : Create Empty ASP.NET Web Application project
  1. Run Visual Studio as Administrator
  2. Click on File - New Project
  3. Select "Web" under "Visual C#". From the right pane select "ASP.NET Web Application"
  4. Name the project "Angular2Demo"
  5. On the next screen, select "Empty" template and click "OK"
Step 6 : Download the "Quick Start Files" from the Angular web site using the link below. Extract the contents of the downloaded .ZIP folder.

Step 7 : Copy the required "Starter files" to the web application project

We do not need all the starter files that we downloaded. As you can see from the image below, we need 4 folders/files
  • src folder and it's contents
  • bs-config.json
  • package.json
  • tslint.json
angular 2 setup in visual studio

Copy the above files/folders and paste them in the root directory of "Angular2Demo" web application project. Now click "Show All File" icon in "Solution Explorer" and include all the copied files/folders in the project. At this stage your project structure in Visual Studio should be as shown below.

visual studio 2015 angular 2 setup

When including the files in the project if you get a prompt to "Search for Typescript Typings" click "No"
search for typescript typings

Step 8 : Restore the required packages. 
In the "Solution Explorer" right click on "package.json" file and select "Restore Packages" from the context menu. This takes a few minutes to load all the modules. You can see the status in "Visual Studio Output" window. After the restoration is complete, you will see a message "Installing Packages Complete". To see all the installed node modules, click on "Show all Files" icon in Solution Explorer. DO NOT include "node_modules" folder in the project.

installing angular 2 in visual studio

Step 9 : Run the project
  1. In the "RUN" window type "cmd" and press enter
  2. Change the directory in the command prompt to the directory where you have the web application project. I have my web application project in "C:\Angular2Demo\Angular2Demo". So I have typed CD C:\Angular2Demo\Angular2Demo and upon pressing the enter key I am in the root folder.
  3. Type "npm start" and press "Enter" key
    npm start command
  4. This launches the TypeScript compiler (tsc) which compile the application and wait for changes. It also starts the lite-server and launches the browser where you will see the output - Hello Angular.
  5. At this point, open "app.component.ts" file from "Solution Explorer". This file is present in "app" folder in "src" folder.
  6. Change "name" value from "Angular" to "Angular 2!" and you will see the changes reflected on the web page automatically.
At the moment we do not have the capability to run the project by pressing F5 or CTRL + F5. We will discuss how to do this in our next video.

Angular 2 tutorial for beginners


  1. Superb sir,. .. this is the easiest way work for vs15

  2. Sir,
    Will this work with VS 2013 ? any possible updates to work with Angular2 in Vs 2013?

  3. Hi Sir, I tried repeating the above steps for setting up the environment on VS 2017. However it was not successful.While restoring packages from package.json, I got many warnings also I didn't get the exit code 0 message . I ignored that and continued running the npm start command on command prompt. Then I got a message Chrome was unresponsive. I am stuck here. Please help me.
    Is this the same procedure that should be followed on VS 2017 as well? I tried

    1. are you successful with vs 2017 for setting up angular 2 using the steps mentioned in this tutorial ?

    2. Yes, I was able to set the environment with VS 2017

  4. Sir,

    Thnak you sir for such a amazing Angular JS 2 tutorial.
    I am waiting for long time for this articles.
    Hope you will upload upcoming videos as early as possible.

  5. Hi Venkat,

    Hats off to you, great work done by you.
    AngularJS2 was awaiting and now you started.
    Hoping you will upload next part of the videos.

  6. Hi sir, i am getting below error on restore of package.

    errno -4048
    npm ERR! syscall open
    npm ERR! Error: EPERM: operation not permitted, open 'C:\Users\singhk16\Documents\Visual Studio 2015\Projects\TestApp\WebAppAngularDemo\node_modules\.staging\browser-sync-a02fbdd3\lib\public\resume.js'
    npm ERR! at Error (native)
    npm ERR! { Error: EPERM: operation not permitted, open 'C:\Users\singhk16\Documents\Visual Studio 2015\Projects\TestApp\WebAppAngularDemo\node_modules\.staging\browser-sync-a02fbdd3\lib\public\resume.js'
    npm ERR! at Error (native)
    npm ERR! errno: -4048,
    npm ERR! code: 'EPERM',
    npm ERR! syscall: 'open',
    npm ERR! path: 'C:\\Users\\singhk16\\Documents\\Visual Studio 2015\\Projects\\TestApp\\WebAppAngularDemo\\node_modules\\.staging\\browser-sync-a02fbdd3\\lib\\public\\resume.js',
    npm ERR! parent: 'angular-quickstart' }
    npm ERR!
    npm ERR! Please try running this command again as root/Administrator.
    npm ERR! Please include the following file with any support request:
    npm ERR! C:\Users\singhk16\Documents\Visual Studio 2015\Projects\TestApp\WebAppAngularDemo\npm-debug.log

    Please help me to solve this

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  8. @IT_DREAM- Your packages are not installed. check step 8. May be you are having proxy issue in network which is not allowing to install packages

  9. While Build on solution getting the below error
    Severity Code Description Project File Line Suppression State
    Error Build:Class 'Subject' incorrectly extends base class 'Observable'

    1. @Dinesh Talekar : Did you got a solution for your error. If you have any please hare as I am also facing the same issue.

    2. @Dinesh Talekar : I too facing the same issue.

    3. I got the solution for that and it works.

      In tsconfig.json, put 'noStrictGenericChecks' in "compilerOptions" and set it to true.

      As shown below,

      "compilerOptions": {
      "noStrictGenericChecks": true

    4. Thanks Nikunj... I was also having trouble with the project setup in VS 2017. This change removed a ton of errors that I was getting.

    5. Actually this solution removed the build errors but then the errors start showing up when starting npm via command prompt. Now in order to resolve that, I removed this compiler option from the tsconfig.json and did a rebuild. Everything worked fine after that.

  10. Dear Sir,
    I'm getting below error messages..

    ====Executing command 'npm install'====

    npm ERR! Windows_NT 6.1.7601
    npm ERR! argv "C:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\node.exe" "C:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\node_modules\\npm\\bin\\npm-cli.js" "install"
    npm ERR! node v6.11.0
    npm ERR! npm v3.10.10
    npm ERR! unable to verify the first certificate
    npm ERR!
    npm ERR! If you need help, you may report this error at:
    npm ERR!
    npm ERR! Please include the following file with any support request:
    npm ERR! C:\Users\****\Documents\Visual Studio 2015\Projects\AngularJS2Demo\AngularJS2Demo\npm-debug.log

    ====npm command completed with exit code 1====

  11. How to setting up angular 2 in visual studio 2013, there is no external web tool is available.

  12. Following steps will work for VS 2015 - MSK

    1- Run command prompt as Administrator

    2- go to Path of External tools for VS 2015 in your case it is " C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\Extensions\Microsoft\Web Tools\Editors

    3- npm config set ca=""

    4- npm config set strict-ssl false

    5- npm install npm -g --ca=null

  13. Hi,
    I am getting this error after clicking on package.json to restore_package.

    npm ERR! write EPROTO 101057795:error:14077419:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:tlsv1 alert access denied:openssl\ssl\s23_clnt.c:772:

    Please suggest.

    Thanks in advance.

    >> Open the Project containing folder
    >> In the folder toolbar expand the FILE tool
    >> In the expanded panel select OPEN WINDOWS POWERSHELL AS ADMINISTRATOR
    >> In the powershell window type command "npm start"
    >> Your application will run on http://localhost:3000/

    Hope this trick would work for u guys

    Thank You !!!

  15. Does Angular2 work with VS 2013? Any ref. link will be appreciate.

  16. How do we know what quick start files to include in our project and how we choose those particular files for that specific project. Can you please help me out with this?

  17. This Types Of setting Not Work In VS2017 Detected Some error sir


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