What is the difference between Nodejs and Angular?

Manav Pandya  Print   4 min read  
12 Dec 2019
03 Sep 2020

In the world of web development, there is a booming word which is called JavaScript and by using it we can develop almost everything like front-end and back-end service.

What is the difference between Nodejs and Angular?

In the world of web development, there is a booming word which is called JavaScript and by using it we can develop almost everything like front-end and back-end service. By combining both Angular and Nodejs, we can create the full stack application with less cost and efforts too, thus there are few supporting libraries we need to use like ExpressJs in order to design the back-end of the Nodejs. Practically, there are no direct comparisons made between Angular and Nodejs because for front-end we use Angular for back-end, we use Nodejs thus we need to know a few differences between them which are listed below.

What are Nodejs and Angular?

Angular is a single page application web framework developed by Google to create an application for web, mobile, and desktop where Nodejs is a run time environment that allows us to load JavaScript application into the server directly. The major thing is that both are written with the help of JavaScript thus the application will be much easier to handle and cost-effective.

Aspects to learn

To learn Nodejs, if you know and already worked with JavaScript then it will be enough to get started with Nodejshence to get started with Angular we need to learn TypeScript because the Angular is completely written upon it so if we have sufficient knowledge about TypeScript than we can get started with Angular pretty easily.

Type of application

By using the Nodejs, we can create a highly scalable and performance-based server-side system or network-based application, for example, chatting application. And by using Angular, we can create a single page application with advanced UI components.

Suitable project requirement

Basically, Nodejs is useful for small and mid-sized application where the data matters a lot where Angular is ideal for the highly interactive and rich UI component-based application which serves the front-end to the end-user customers.

Installation pre-requisites

In order to the user or get started with the Nodejs, we need to have nodejs setup installed into our machine which can be any operating system like Windows, Mac or Linux and so on. To get started with the Angular, we need to have NPM (Node Package Manage) which comes automatically whenever install nodejs and also should have angular CLI latest version to be installed into our machine which can be useful for generating components, directives, classes, stylesheet and so on.

Frameworks supported

Angular itself is a framework so we just need to have Typescript to be installed via CLI and to use Nodejs, there are plenty of frameworks that are there like Expressjs, Koa.js, socket.io, sails.js, hapi.js and so on.

Learning curve

Both of them Nodejs and Angular have their own documentation but comparatively, angular documentation is pretty distributive in manner, but if we go through the Nodejs documentation it may seem complex for the beginner to get started. But nothing about the worry, there are tons of study material available for both of them hence we can easily find there and advanced concept with the help of Google.


Nowadays the open source term is booming as well because more and more people are choosing a product that is opensource and well managed. Both Nodejs and Angular are open-source so that we don’t need to get any license or we don’t need to pay a single penny to use it.

Community support

More and more developers are wanted to learn Nodejs and Angular, thus as any developer or fresher starts learning it they may have questions regarding any problems so for that there are plenty of resolutions are available to solve such problems/errors. The pace in which Nodejs and Angular are growing, we will have more and batter resolution coming on our ways so I must say the community support is pretty decent. Both Node.js and Angular platforms are targeted at building rich web applications using JavaScript. However, both of them are different in their architecture and working mechanism, so the choice will completely depend on the business requirements.


In this article, we have learned that what is the Nodejs and Angular, thereafter discovered a few major differences between them that how both are different at every aspect for the development and the configuration. Thus I would suggest learning both of them will make developer novice as a full stack developer and will get more opportunities in the near future, I hope you like this learning experience, Keep reading.

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