Monday, July 18, 2016

Setup Angular 2 and Typescript in Sitecore Project

It is detailed instruction on how to setup Angular 2 and Typescript in existing Sitecore project. For this purposes I’ve created a simple Sitecore solution, you can download it from here and setup Angular 2 by following my instructions. The solution has TDS and Web projects with simple layout and test control.

Also I’ve checked in solution with configured Angular 2, so you can download it, restore all packages and run

My Environment:
  • VS 2015 Update 3
  • Sitecore 8.1
  • NodeJS 6.3

First of all, please install the ‘Package Installer’ it will help us to manage JS packages:


     Right click on the Project(SimpleSc.Web) and chose ‘Quick Install package’

Enter ‘angular2’ and click ‘Install’

Use the Quick Installer again and install

  • rxjs
  • es6-shim
  • es6-promise
  • gulp
  • systemjs

Make all folders visible and you will see new folder in the project – ‘node_modules’

Now we need to setup the Typescript - add new folder ‘ts’ and 2 typescript files: boot and component

Add Typescript json configuration file and replace the text:

  "compilerOptions": {
    "emitDecoratorMetadata": true,
    "experimentalDecorators": true,
    "module": "system",
    "moduleResolution": "node",
    "noImplicitAny": false,
    "noEmitOnError": true,
    "removeComments": false,
    "target": "es5",
    "outDir": "static/scripts/js"
  "compileOnSave": true,
  "watch": true,
  "exclude": [

Into boot.ts add:

import {bootstrap} from 'angular2/platform/browser'
import {AppComponent} from './component'


Into Component.ts add:

import {Component} from 'angular2/core';

    selector: 'angular2',
    template: `{{title}}


export class AppComponent {
    title: string;

    constructor() {
        this.title = 'Angular 2';

Now we need to copy necessary js files to our folder, add Gulp configuration file

And replace the text in the file:

var gulp = require('gulp');

gulp.task('copy:libs', function () {
    return gulp.src([

gulp.task('copy:rx', function () {
    return gulp.src([



gulp.task('copy:angular', function () {
    return gulp.src([

gulp.task('copy:symbol-observable', function () {
    return gulp.src([

gulp.task("copy", ["copy:libs", 'copy:rx', 'copy:angular', 'copy:symbol-observable']);

Go to the task runner and start the copy task

Now we need to configure system.js, create new javascript file setup.systemjs.js in static/script/js/ and add the text below into the file:

 defaultJSExtension: true,
 map: {
  app: 'static/scripts/js',
  rxjs: 'static/scripts/vendor/ang/rxjs',
  angular2: 'static/scripts/vendor/ang/angular2',
  'symbol-observable': 'static/scripts/vendor/ang/symbol-observable'
 packages: {
  app: {
   defaultExtension: 'js',
   format: 'register'
  rxjs: {
   defaultExtension: 'js',
   format: 'cjs'
  angular2: {
   defaultExtension: 'js',
   format: 'cjs'
    defaultExtension: 'js',
    main: 'index.js'

System.import('app/boot').then(null, console.error.bind(console));

Now we need to add the references in the Layout file : SimpleLayout.cshtml

    <script src="static/scripts/vendor/ang/es6-shim.min.js" type="text"></script>
    <script src="static/scripts/vendor/ang/system-polyfills.js"></script>

    <script src="static/scripts/vendor/ang/angular2/bundles/angular2-polyfills.js"></script>
    <script src="static/scripts/vendor/ang/system.src.js"></script>
    <script src="static/scripts/vendor/ang/rxjs/Rx.js"></script>
    <script src="static/scripts/vendor/ang/angular2/bundles/"></script>
    <script src="static/scripts/js/setup.systemjs.js"></script>

Add post build event to copy necessary angular2 files into sitecore web directory
xcopy "$(ProjectDir)Static\scripts\vendor\ang" "c:\Sitecore\Sites\sc8\Website\Static\scripts\vendor\ang" /i /e /y

Now rebuild and run the Sitecore and preview the Test page

Wow, it Works!!! Now you can research Angular 2 features! )

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