AngularJS 1.4 has now been released.

It introduces a new Router, a translation system similar to angular-translate created by Pascal Precht, some performance enhancement and a better Webpack, Browserify support (CommonJS) without any “hacks”. You can for example directly import AngularJS like this

import 'angular/angular.js';

instead of this



Source available on Github :

Basic Needs

Dependencies (package.json)

For this tutorial we will need AngularJS, Angular Material, the UI router (The new router is not ready for production yet) and a icon library.

[text] “dependencies”: { “angular”: “~1.4.0”, “angular-animate”: “~1.4.0”, “angular-aria”: “~1.4.0”, “angular-material”: “^0.10.1”, “angular-ui-router”: “^0.2.14”, “font-awesome”: “^4.3.0” } [/text]


If you need an explanation on what is Webpack for, I suggest you go check out a previous post of mine:

We will need the following Webpack loaders to be able to compile ECMAScript 6 code and to process CSS, HTML files.

[text] “devDependencies”: { “babel-loader”: “^5.0.0”, “css-loader”: “^0.12.0”, “file-loader”: “^0.8.1”, “html-loader”: “^0.3.0”, “html-webpack-plugin”: “^1.3.0”, “style-loader”: “^0.12.1” } [/text]

The webpack.config.js cannot be easier:

module.exports = {
    entry: './lib/index.js',
    output: {
        path: './www',
        filename: 'bundle-[hash:6].js'
    module: {
        loaders: [{
            test: /\.html$/,
            loader: 'file?name=templates/[name]-[hash:6].html'
        }, {
            test: /\.css$/,
            loader: "style!css"
        }, {
            test: /\.js$/,
            exclude: /(node_modules)/,
            loader: "ng-annotate?add=true!babel"
        }, {
            test: [/fontawesome-webfont\.svg/, /fontawesome-webfont\.eot/],
            loader: 'file?name=fonts/[name].[ext]'
    plugins: [
        new HtmlWebpackPlugin({
            filename: 'index.html',
            template: './lib/index.html'

Entry point (lib/index.js)

The following entry point gathers all our application basic needs: Angular, Material Design, the router and the icons. Here we use import which is the ECMAScript 6 way to require CommonJS modules, inject angularMaterial and angularUIRouter as our module dependencies and to finish we export our module as default (You can export several modules within a single file, default is the export you will get if you do not specify a specific import).

// Import angular
import 'angular/angular.js';
// Material design css
import 'angular-material/angular-material.css';
// Icons
import 'font-awesome/css/font-awesome.css';
// Materail Design lib
import angularMaterial from 'angular-material';
// Router
import angularUIRouter from 'angular-ui-router';

// Create our demo module
let demoModule = angular.module('demo', [

export default demoModule;


The index.html needs two things. A way to bootstrap the application (here ng-app="demo") and a way to include the JavaScript file generated by Webpack (here src="{%=o.htmlWebpackPlugin.assets[chunk]%}").

<!DOCTYPE html>
        <meta charset="utf-8">
        <meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1, user-scalable=no, width=device-width">
    <body ng-strict-di ng-app="demo">
        {% for (var chunk in o.htmlWebpackPlugin.assets) { %}
        <script src="{%=o.htmlWebpackPlugin.assets[chunk]%}"></script>
        {% } %}

Now you should have your demo module running. To make sure it works add the following lines to your entry point:$log) => {
    $'demo running');

and check the console!

Going further

Create your own module

Now that our application is running let’s create a home module with ES6!

// Create a new module
let homeModule = angular.module('demo.home', []);
// Named export is needed to inject modules directly as Angular dependencies
export default homeModule =

Then we can import it the same way as other modules:

import home from './home/home.module.js';

// Create our demo module
let demoModule = angular.module('demo', [

Now let’s create a controller function './home.controller' that will be imported by our new module:

export default function($scope) {

'ngInject'; is an annotation of ng-annotate that allow us to use AngularJS in strict mode. If you want to know more about Ng-annotate here is an explanation:

We can then import the function that way:

let homeModule = angular.module('demo.home', []);

import HomeController from './home.controller';

homeModule.controller('HomeController', HomeController);

export default homeModule =

Full demo

A working example is available on Github, feel free to fork:


git clone
cd angular1.4-ES6-material-webpack-boilerplate.git
npm install

Dev (liverelaod server)

npm run-script devserver


npm run-script build