Now we're ready, let's start a new project using Fable!

Use the official templates

  • Use a Fable template

    ATTENTION: Templates may not be yet updated to Fable 3

    The easiest way to get started with Fable is to use one of the Fable official templates. First list them, then pick a template with a name that starts with "fable" to create a new project.

    1. dotnet new -i 'Fable.Template::*'
    2. mkdir MyFirstFableProject ; cd MyFirstFableProject
    3. dotnet new fable

    or, for example,

    1. dotnet new fable-react-elmish
  • Install dependencies

    JS dependencies are listed in the package.json file. You can run npm install, which will download the needed packages to the node_modules folder and create a lock file.

    .NET dependencies are listed in the src/App.fsproj file. You can install them by running dotnet restore, but this is already automatically done by Fable.

    Lock files (like package-lock.json if you're using npm) should be committed to ensure reproducible builds whenever anybody clones your repo.

  • Build & run the app

    Here we go.

    1. cd src
    2. dotnet build
    3. cd ..
    4. npm start

    Your web server app is now running in foreground until you kill it.

    While the server is running

    • You can access your project at http://localhost:8080/ with your favorite browser.
    • The server is in “watch” mode, so you will see server console output in the terminal window.
    • You can edit the App.fs file located in the src folder. Each time you save the file, Fable rebuilds the project automatically. If the build succeeds, you will see your changes in the browser without refreshing the page; if not, nothing changes in the browser, and you can see the build errors in the server’s console output.

    Always check the file shipped with the template to get up-to-date instructions.