An Express project generator with command-line interface that is easy to use

Usage no npm install needed!

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  import expressGenerate from '';



npm version

An Express project generator with Rails like command-line interface that is easy to use. To get started:

$ npm install express-generate -g
$ express-generate new <project-name>
$ *waiting intensifies*
$ cd <project-name>
$ npm start

Your Express project will be ready within 1 minute of installing. You will have access to

  • SQLite with Sequelize ORM support
  • View engine of your choice when initializing project

Table of Contents


Install CLI

$ npm install express-generate -g


express-generate CLI

  express-generate new <Project Name>                                    Create a new Express project with Project Name
  express-generate generate controller <Controller Name> [Actions...]    Create a new controller with the defined actions
  express-generate generate model <field-name>:<data-type>               Create a new model with the predefined fields
  express-generate db:migrate                                            Running migrations for database
  --version  Show version number                                         
  --help     Show help                                                   


Create a simple project and run it

  • Creating a project named Test
$ express-generate new Test
  • Start Express server
$ cd Test
$ npm start

Create a simple User controller with 2 nested action: getUser and postUser

  • Inside the project folder, type:
$ express-generate generate controller User getUser postUser
$ npm start

This should generate User.js under ./controller and ./routes folders.

  • Go to your browser. Try:




Your URL enpoint should be there.

Create simple User model with 2 fields: username, password

  • Inside the project folder, type:
$ express-generate generate model User username:string password:string
$ express-generate db:migrate

This should generate User.js under ./model folder.

  • To use User model, your javascript code must require the index.js file in the model folder.

We use it to import the model. For example.

var db = require('../models/index');
var User = db.sequelize.import('../models/user.js');

// -- Inserting User into database
//    username: 'John',
//    password: 'Doe'

// -- Find all users having the condition
// User.findAll({
//     where: {
//         username: 'John',
//         password: 'Doe'
//     }
// });

Disclaimer: We use Sequelize CLI behind the scene to support ORM. If you want to use Sequelize CLI instead of using ours CLI, you are welcome to do so.

Type "sequelize --help" to get more information


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