Commit 18380179 authored by Luan Varaschim Welter's avatar Luan Varaschim Welter


## Prerequisite: install Node.js
If you haven't already installed Node, [download and install Node.js]( For best results, use the latest LTS (long-term support) release of Node.js.
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## Install LoopBack tools
Although in theory, you could code a LoopBack
application from scratch, installing a LoopBack CLI tool makes it much easier to get
started. It will scaffold an application that you can then customize to suit
your needs. For more information, see [Command-line tools](Command-line-tools.html).
You have two options for LoopBack tools:
- **[LoopBack CLI tool](#install-loopback-cli-tool)**
- **[IBM API Connect v5 developer toolkit](#install-ibm-api-connect-developer-toolkit)**
You can also use the legacy StrongLoop CLI tool `slc`.
### Install LoopBack CLI tool
To install the LoopBack command-line interface (CLI) tool, enter the command:
npm install -g loopback-cli
This installs the `lb` command-line tool for scaffolding and modifying LoopBack applications.
For more information, see [Command-line tools](Command-line-tools.html).
### Install IBM API Connect v5 developer toolkit
[IBM API Connect]( is an end-to-end API management solution that uses LoopBack to create APIs, and provides integrated build and deployment tools:
- **Integrated experience across the entire API lifecycle**, including API and micro-service creation in Node.js and Java.
- **Self-service access to APIs** with built-in developer portals and social collaboration tools.
- **Unified management and orchestration of Node.js and Java** for deployment on-premises and in IBM Cloud.
- **Built-in security and gateway policies** with extensive security options and governance policies.
For more information, see [IBM API Connect](
IBM API Connect v5 developer toolkit includes:
- The graphical _API Designer_ tool that you can use to create and modify LoopBack applications.
- The `apic` command-line tool for scaffolding and modifying LoopBack applications.
To install IBM API Connect v5 developer toolkit:
$ npm install -g apiconnect
For more information, see [Installing the API Connect Developer Toolkit](
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## Updating your installation
Update your installation with this command:
$ npm install -g strongloop
If you encounter any problems, you may need to perform a clean reinstallation. Follow these steps:
$ npm uninstall -g strongloop
$ npm cache clear
$ npm install -g strongloop
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