Upgrade Application from Angular 2 to Angular 4

Angular 2 to Angular 4 upgrade is much easier than you imagine. Minimal changes in your package.json and tsconfig.json is enough to run your app developed in angular 2.  As Angular has backward compatibility which runs previous release apps in the new upgraded version.

angular 2 to angualr 4

Angular 2 to Angular 4

Pakage.json changes

angular 2 to angular 4

For upgrade, just change the “Dependencies” & “devDependencies ” portion of the package.json

Upgraded Package.json content.

"dependencies": {
        "@angular/common": "^4.0.0",
        "@angular/compiler": "^4.0.0",
        "@angular/core": "^4.0.0",
        "@angular/forms": "^4.0.0",
        "@angular/http": "^4.0.0",
        "@angular/platform-browser": "^4.0.0",
        "@angular/platform-browser-dynamic": "^4.0.0",
        "@angular/router": "^4.0.0",
        "core-js": "^2.4.1",
        "rxjs": "^5.2.0",
        "systemjs": "^0.19.47",
        "zone.js": "^0.8.5"
    "devDependencies": {
        "@types/node": "^6.0.60",
        "concurrently": "^3.1.0",
        "lite-server": "^2.3.0",
        "typescript": "^2.2.2"

tsconfig.json changes:

angular 2 to angular 4

Upgraded tsconfig.json content

  "compilerOptions": {
    "target": "es5",
    "module": "commonjs",
    "moduleResolution": "node",
    "sourceMap": true,
    "emitDecoratorMetadata": true,
    "experimentalDecorators": true,
    "lib": [ "es2015", "dom" ],
    "noImplicitAny": true,
    "suppressImplicitAnyIndexErrors": true

Clean your node_module directory after altering the package & tsconfig files.

Run the below command in the node root directory which will make your Angular 2 application up and run in Angular 4 framework.

npm install && npm update && npm start

Key points for Angular 4 development

  • Don’t use extends onInit event or with any life cycle event.
  • Don’t use DefaultIterableDiffer,KeyValueDiffers#factories or IterableDiffers#factories.
  • Don’t use deep import as it is not a part of public API.
  • Don’t use Renderer.invokeElementMethod as it is removed. (No replacement as of now).
  • Rename template tag to ng-template.
  • Replace OpaqueTokens with InjectionTokens.
  • Remove ChangeDetectorRef argument from DifferFactory.create(…).
  • Replace ngOutletContext with ngTemplateOutletContext.
  • Replace CollectionChangeRecord with IterableChangeRecord.
  • Import BrowserAnimationsModule if you are using animation in your application.
  • Replace RootRenderer with RendererFactoryV2.
  • By default, novalidate will add to the FormModule. To revoke the native behavior add ngNoForm / ngNativeValidate.

Finally, now you are good to go with Angular 4.

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