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Creates a new LoopBack application.

lb [app] [options] [<name>]

With IBM API Connect developer toolkit:

apic loopback --type api [options]

With legacy StrongLoop tools:

slc loopback [options] [<name>]


Configure the app for deployment to IBM Cloud. With this option, the tool will present additional prompts for generating IBM Cloud application artifacts.
Add Loopback Explorer to the project. If lb and slc loopback commands are used, the default is true, otherwise the default is false.
-n, --name <name>
Only with IBM API Connect developer toolkit; specify name of LoopBack application project.
Do not print “next steps” information.

Standard options

-h, --help
Print the generator’s options and usage.
Do not remember prompt answers. Default is false.
Do not automatically install dependencies. Default is false.


Provide the application name as an optional argument (or, with API Connect, as value of --name option).  The tool will create a directory of that name to contain the application.

Interactive Prompts

The generator will prompt you for:

  • Name of the directory in which to create your application.  Press Enter to create the application in the current directory.
  • Name of the application, that defaults to the directory name you previously entered.

The tool creates the standard LoopBack application structure.  See Project layout reference for details.

After you create an application, you can run additional generators from the application root directory:

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