Meteor: How to install Meteor and get a project started in less than 5 minutes

In this article, I want to detail how to install Meteor and get a project quickly up and running.


Step 1: Install Meteor

In order to install Meteor, the first step according to the installation instructions is to install a tool called “chocolatey”.

This can be installed with a cmd.exe command.

Once that is installed, run the following command in the command window running in Administrator mode.

choco install meteor

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Step 2: Create a Meteor app project

For this step, close down the original cmd window and open a fresh copy, running in Administrator mode. At the admin command window run the following command:

meteor create myapp

Then cd to myapp and run this command:

meteor npm install

Once that is complete, simply launch meteor like so:


Now there should be some files and folders inside the newly created myapp folder. For example:

This will also ‘activate’ the project so that it appears in the web browser using Meteor’s built-in server at location:


Which looks like this:

The client/main.html file is the file that holds the basic UI of the newly created Meteor app. The code for a default app looks like this:


  <h1>Welcome to Meteor!</h1>

  {{> hello}}
  {{> info}}

<template name="hello">
  <button>Click Me</button>
  <p>You've pressed the button {{counter}} times.</p>

<template name="info">
  <h2>Learn Meteor!</h2>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">Do the Tutorial</a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">Follow the Guide</a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">Read the Docs</a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">Discussions</a></li>

Note: To switch between Meteor apps, type CTRL+c twice in the cmd window to close the current application. Then cd to the location of another Meteor app and simply type the command:


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