Getting Started



First and foremost, Momentum requires that Deno is installed on your system. Momentum is known to be compatible with version 1.7.0 and up. For information on how to install, please see the Deno guide.


To get started with Momentum, we recommend using the Momentum CLI. It is entirely possible to use Momentum without the Momentum CLI by leveraging the mod files available on at

Installing the Momentum CLI

The Momentum CLI is a command-line interface to expedite project creation, file generation, and become a centralized location of add-on tools to help your Momentum development workflow. To install the CLI, use the following command:

deno run -A

Note if you’d like to be explicit with permissions, the following are currently required: --allow-run --allow-read --allow-write --allow-net.

Momentum CLI Requirements

The Momentum CLI currently uses Git to enable new project scaffolding and templating, but Git is not required outside of the mvf new command.

Creating and Running Momentum Projects

Using the Momentum CLI

Creating a New Project

To create a new project, use the following Momentum CLI command:

mvf new my-api

This will clone the default starter project to ./my-api. It is also possible to clone a different repository as your starting template:

mvf new my-api --repository-url

Running the Default Starter Project

Inside of your new project (i.e. after running cd ./my-api), you can run the following command to start your web application:

deno run --allow-net --allow-env -c tsconfig.json src/main.ts

This will start the webserver at http://localhost:3000 by default or will use your system environment variable “PORT” instead of port 3000.

Optional: Velociraptor

Velociraptor is a fantastic community-supported script runner. While there is no forced integration with Momentum or Momentum CLI at this time, it is an excellent tool and we recommend leveraging it to simplify your development experience. The default start project has set up a few basic scripts that are ready for use with Velociraptor:

  • vr start: Executes the src/main.ts file to start the webserver.
  • vr startdev: Executes the src/main.ts file to start the webserver. Initializes a file watcher to check for file changes and trigger a webserver restart.
  • vr test: Runs all Deno tests in the src folder.
  • vr format: Runs Deno format in the src folder.

Using the Starter Repository

The default starter repository can be cloned or downloaded from Github:

git clone my-api
cd my-api
deno run -A -c tsconfig.json main.ts

Starting from Scratch

If you prefer not to use the Momentum CLI or the provided starter repository, you are free to do so. To support Momentum, the following dependencies are required:

// deps.ts
export * from "";
export * from "";
// export * from ""; // if running a webserver via Oak

Momentum uses decorators and Reflect metadata to support its dependency injection. To support these features, the following tsconfig.json file is required and must be referenced by deno run with the -c flag:

// tsconfig.json
  "compilerOptions": {
    "experimentalDecorators": true,
    "emitDecoratorMetadata": true
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