Angular CLI 6: Where to put library dependencies

Issue

I’m converting a library (ng-app-state) to use the angular cli, now that v6 supports libraries (yay!).

After scaffolding and copying in some code, here is my first question:

How/where do I add 3rd party dependencies?

To package.json, or to projects/ng-app-state/package.json?

Solution

Turns out the answer is kind of “both”. Understanding the answer comes from this:

  • package.json is what will be used during development. You actually install all your libraries here for your own use, including the ones that users will also need. You should only have a node_modules/ directory in the root of your project, not within the library’s directory (so only run npm install and similar here).
  • projects/ng-app-state/package.json is what will be deployed to npm (with some additional fields added by the build process). So copy in the dependencies and/or peerDependencies that users of your library will need. There is no point putting devDependencies here.

That is the full answer. Read on to see an example.

In my case package.json has a long list of many dependencies and devDependencies (you can see it here), but all of this only effects me (and anyone who wants to contribute to ng-app-state). projects/ng-app-state/package.json is much smaller, and this is what affects users of my library:

{
  "name": "ng-app-state",
  "version": "8.0.0",
  "author": "Simonton Software",
  "license": "MIT",
  "repository": "simontonsoftware/ng-app-state",
  "peerDependencies": {
    "@angular/common": ">=6.0.0 <7.0.0",
    "@angular/core": ">=6.0.0 <7.0.0",
    "@ngrx/store": ">=6.0.0 <7.0.0",
    "micro-dash": ">=3.5.0 <4.0.0"
  }
}

After running ng build np-app-state --prod to generate what will be released to npm, this is what ends up in dist/ng-app-state/ (which is what should be published):

{
  "name": "ng-app-state",
  "version": "8.0.0",
  "author": "Simonton Software",
  "license": "MIT",
  "repository": "simontonsoftware/ng-app-state",
  "peerDependencies": {
    "@angular/common": ">=6.0.0 <7.0.0",
    "@angular/core": ">=6.0.0 <7.0.0",
    "@ngrx/store": ">=6.0.0 <7.0.0",
    "micro-dash": ">=3.5.0 <4.0.0"
  },
  "main": "bundles/ng-app-state.umd.js",
  "module": "fesm5/ng-app-state.js",
  "es2015": "fesm2015/ng-app-state.js",
  "esm5": "esm5/ng-app-state.js",
  "esm2015": "esm2015/ng-app-state.js",
  "fesm5": "fesm5/ng-app-state.js",
  "fesm2015": "fesm2015/ng-app-state.js",
  "typings": "ng-app-state.d.ts",
  "metadata": "ng-app-state.metadata.json",
  "sideEffects": false,
  "dependencies": {
    "tslib": "^1.9.0"
  }
}

Answered By – Eric Simonton

Answer Checked By – Dawn Plyler (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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