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What is MEAN?

MEAN (Mongo, Express, Angular, Node) is a boilerplate that provides a nice starting point for MongoDB, Node.js, Express, and AngularJS based applications. It is designed to give you a quick and organized way to start developing MEAN based web apps with useful modules like Mongoose and Passport pre-bundled and configured.

Welcome to the mean stack

The mean Stack is intended to provide a simple and fun starting point for cloud native fullstack JavaScript applications. MEAN is a set of Open Source components that together, provide an end-to-end framework for building dynamic web applications; starting from the top (code running in the browser) to the bottom (database). The Stack is made up of:

  • MongoDB : Document database – used by your back-end application to store its data as JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) documents
  • Express (sometimes referred to as Express.js): Back-end web application framework running on top of Node.js
  • Angular (formerly Angular.js): Front-end web app framework; runs your JavaScript code in the user's browser, allowing your application UI to be dynamic
  • Node.js : JavaScript runtime environment – lets you implement your application back-end in JavaScript


git clone https://github.com/linnovate/mean
cd mean
cp .env.example .env
yarn start (for development)

Docker based

git clone https://github.com/linnovate/mean
cd mean
cp .env.example .env
docker-compose up -d


  • The MEAN name was coined by Valeri Karpov.
  • Initial concept and development was done by Amos Haviv and sponsered by Linnovate.
  • Inspired by the great work of Madhusudhan Srinivasa.

official mean.io, meanjs.org
src stackshare.io/mean, web.archive.org