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Building Custom Angular Libraries

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Angular is a powerful and popular JavaScript framework for building modern web applications. One of its essential features is the ability to create and use custom libraries, which allow developers to encapsulate reusable code and share it across multiple projects. In this blog, we will walk you through the process of building custom Angular libraries, highlighting best practices and essential steps along the way.

Step 1: Setting Up the Environment

Before diving into library development, ensure you have the prerequisites installed on your machine: Node.js, npm (Node Package Manager), and the Angular CLI. If you don’t have them yet, visit their respective websites for installation instructions.

Step 2: Create a New Angular Library

Using the Angular CLI, execute the following command to generate a new library project:

ng generate library my-custom-library

The CLI will set up the necessary files and folder structure for your library inside the projects directory.

Step 3: Library Project Structure

The primary files and folders within the created library project are as follows:

1. my-custom-library/src/lib: This folder contains the core code of your library.

2. my-custom-library/src/public-api.ts: This file exports all the public modules, components, services, and other symbols you want to expose to consumers of your library.

3. my-custom-library/src/lib/components: Place your reusable components in this folder.

4. my-custom-library/src/lib/services: Store your shared services here.

5. my-custom-library/src/lib/models: Define common interfaces and models in this folder.

Step 4: Building the Library

To build your library, run the following command:

ng build my-custom-library

This command will create the distributable files in the dist folder, which can be published and consumed by other projects.

Step 5: Testing the Library

Writing comprehensive tests is crucial to ensure the stability of your library. Create test files alongside your components and services using Angular’s testing utilities. Run tests with:

ng test my-custom-library

Step 6: Publishing the Library (Optional)

If you intend to share your library with the Angular community or use it across different projects, consider publishing it to npm. First, create an npm account and log in through the terminal:

npm login

Then, navigate to the library’s dist folder and publish:

cd dist/my-custom-library
npm publish

Step 7: Consuming the Library

To use your custom library in another Angular project, follow these steps:

1. Install the library via npm:

npm install my-custom-library

2. Import the required modules and components in your application:

import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { MyCustomModule } from 'my-custom-library';

  imports: [
export class AppModule { }

Step 8: Keeping Your Library Updated

As your library evolves, it’s crucial to maintain compatibility and keep it up to date. To do this, follow semantic versioning (semver) and publish new releases when you introduce breaking changes.


Building custom Angular libraries allows you to encapsulate and share reusable code, promoting code maintainability and reusability across multiple projects. By following the step-by-step guide outlined in this blog, you can create powerful and versatile libraries that enhance your development workflow and contribute to the broader Angular community. Happy coding!

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Aanchal Agarwal is a Software Consultant at NashTech. Her practice area is web development. She is recognized as a multi-talented, multitasker, and adaptive to the different work environments. Her hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, and traveling. She likes to read books and explore new things.

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