Tutorial: Create an ASP.NET Core app with Angular in Visual Studio

In this article, you learn how to build an ASP.NET Core project to act as an API backend and an Angular project to act as the UI.

Visual Studio includes ASP.NET Core Single Page Application (SPA) templates that support Angular and React. The templates provide a built-in Client App folder in your ASP.NET Core projects that contains the base files and folders of each framework.

You can use the method described in this article to create ASP.NET Core Single Page Applications that:

  • Put the client app in a separate project, outside from the ASP.NET Core project
  • Create the client project based on the framework CLI installed on your computer


This article describes the project creation process using the updated template in Visual Studio 2022 version 17.8.


Make sure to install the following:

  • Visual Studio 2022 version 17.8 or later with the ASP.NET and web development workload installed. Go to the Visual Studio downloads page to install it for free. If you need to install the workload and already have Visual Studio, go to Tools > Get Tools and Features..., which opens the Visual Studio Installer. Choose the ASP.NET and web development workload, then choose Modify.
  • npm (https://www.npmjs.com/), which is included with Node.js
  • Angular CLI (https://angular.io/cli) This can be the version of your choice

Create the frontend app

  1. In the Start window (choose File > Start Window to open), select Create a new project.

    Screenshot showing Create a new project

  2. Search for Angular in the search bar at the top and then select Angular and ASP.NET Core.

    Screenshot showing choosing a template.

  3. Name the project AngularWithASP and then choose Create.

    Solution Explorer shows the following::

    Screenshot showing Solution Explorer.

    Compared to the standalone Angular template, you see some new and modified files for integration with ASP.NET Core:

    • aspnetcore-https.js
    • proxy.conf.js
    • package.json(modified)
    • angular.json(modified)
    • app.components.ts
    • app.module.ts

    For more information on some of these project files, see Next steps.

Set the project properties

  1. In Solution Explorer, right-click the AngularWithASP.Server project and choose Properties.

    Screenshot showing Open project properties.

  2. In the Properties page, open the Debug tab and select Open debug launch profiles UI option. Uncheck the Launch Browser option for the https profile or the profile named after the ASP.NET Core project, if present.

    Screenshot showing Debug launch profiles UI.

    This value prevents opening the web page with the source weather data.


    In Visual Studio, launch.json stores the startup settings associated with the Start button in the Debug toolbar. launch.json must be located under the .vscode folder.

  3. Right-click the solution in Solution Explorer and select Properties. Verify that the Startup project settings are set to Multiple projects, and that the Action for both projects is set to Start.

Start the project

Press F5 or select the Start button at the top of the window to start the app. Two command prompts appear:

  • The ASP.NET Core API project running
  • The Angular CLI running the ng start command


Check console output for messages. For example there might be a message to update Node.js.

The Angular app appears and is populated via the API. If you don't see the app, see Troubleshooting.

Publish the project

Starting in Visual Studio 2022 version 17.3, you can publish the integrated solution using the Visual Studio Publish tool.


To use publish, create your JavaScript project using Visual Studio 2022 version 17.3 or later.

  1. In Solution Explorer, right-click the AngularWithASP.Server project and select Add > Project Reference.

    Make sure the angularwithasp.client project is selected.

  2. Choose OK.

  3. Right-click the ASP.NET Core project again and select Edit Project File.

    This opens the .csproj file for the project.

  4. In the .csproj file, make sure the project reference includes a <ReferenceOutputAssembly> element with the value set to false.

    This reference should look like the following.

     <ProjectReference Include="..\angularwithasp.client\angularwithasp.client.esproj">
  5. Right-click the ASP.NET Core project and choose Reload Project if that option is available.

  6. In Program.cs, make sure the following code is present.

    // Configure the HTTP request pipeline.
    if (app.Environment.IsDevelopment())
  7. To publish, right click the ASP.NET Core project, choose Publish, and select options to match your desired publish scenario, such as Azure, publish to a folder, etc.

    The publish process takes more time than it does for just an ASP.NET Core project, since the npm run build command gets invoked when publishing. The BuildCommand runs npm run build by default.


Proxy error

You may see the following error:

[HPM] Error occurred while trying to proxy request /weatherforecast from localhost:4200 to https://localhost:5001 (ECONNREFUSED) (https://nodejs.org/api/errors.html#errors_common_system_errors)

If you see this issue, most likely the frontend started before the backend. Once you see the backend command prompt up and running, just refresh the Angular App in the browser.

Verify port

If the weather data doesn't load correctly, you may also need to verify that your ports are correct.

  1. Go to the launchSettings.json file in your ASP.NET Core project (in the Properties folder). Get the port number from the applicationUrl property.

    If there are multiple applicationUrl properties, look for one using an https endpoint. It should look similar to https://localhost:7049.

  2. Then, go to the proxy.conf.js file for your Angular project (look in the src folder). Update the target property to match the applicationUrl property in launchSettings.json. When you update it, that value should look similar to this:

    target: 'https://localhost:7049',


If you create the project with Docker support enabled, take the following steps:

  1. After the app loads, get the Docker HTTPS port using the Containers window in Visual Studio. Check the Environment or Ports tab.

    Screenshot showing Docker container ports.

  2. Open the proxy.conf.js file for the Angular project. Update the target variable to match the HTTPS port in the Containers window. For example, in the following code:

    const target = env.ASPNETCORE_HTTPS_PORT ? `https://localhost:${env.ASPNETCORE_HTTPS_PORT}` :
       env.ASPNETCORE_URLS ? env.ASPNETCORE_URLS.split(';')[0] : 'https://localhost:7209';

    change https://localhost:7209 to https://localhost:62958.

  3. Restart the app.

Next steps

For more information about SPA applications in ASP.NET Core, see the Angular section under Overview of Single-Page Apps (SPAs). The linked article provides additional context for project files such as aspnetcore-https.js and proxy.conf.js, although details of the implementation are different due to project template differences. For example, instead of a ClientApp folder, the Angular files are contained in a separate project.

For MSBuild information specific to the client project, see MSBuild properties for JSPS.