Before we begin, please take a minute to read the Installation Guide. By installing any necessary dependencies beforehand, we’ll be able to get our application up and running smoothly.
At this point, we should have Crystal and Amber installed. We should also have PostgreSQL and NodeJS installed to build a default application.
To verify you have Amber installed, run the command
amber -v in your terminal window:
$ amber -vAmber CLI (amberframework.org) - vX.Y.Z
To bootstrap your Amber application, run
amber new with an absolute or relative directory path to the application directory it should create. Assuming that the name of your application is "weblog", let's run:
$ amber new weblog
Additionally, the following options may be passed to the above command:
-d This specifies the database driver to use. It defaults to pg, for PostgreSQL.
-t This specifies the template rendering engine. It defaults to slang, the Slim-inspired templating language.
--deps This will download and install project dependencies for you, to save the additional step of having to type
Amber generates the directory structure along with files necessary for the application.
Change your current directory to
weblog, if that was the path you chose:
Now install project dependencies with
$ shards installUsing amber (0.7.2)Using amber_router (0.0.3)Using cli (0.7.0)Using optarg (0.5.8)Using callback (0.6.3)Using string_inflection (0.2.1)Using compiled_license (0.1.3)...Using jasper_helpers (0.2.0)Using garnet_spec (0.1.1)Using selenium (0.3.0)
Amber makes it easy to interact with your database. Amber supports Postgres, MySql, and Sqlite.
Edit the database setting for your current environment by editing the file:
Amber looks at the
database_url key for the default database connection string.
With your database credentials ready, run the following command in your terminal window:
amber db create
This creates your application's Postgres database. It should output:
Created database weblog_development
And finally, we’ll start the Amber server:
By default Amber accepts requests on port 3000. If we point our favorite web browser at http://localhost:3000, we should see the Amber Framework welcome page.
If your screen looks like the image above, congratulations!
You now have a working Amber application. If you don’t see the page above, try accessing it via http://127.0.0.1:3000.
Locally, the application is running in a Crystal process. To stop it, we hit ctrl-c once, just as we would terminate the program normally.