Angular 2 vs Angular CLI: What are the differences?
Developers describe Angular 2 as "One framework. Mobile & desktop". Angular is a development platform for building mobile and desktop web applications. On the other hand, Angular CLI is detailed as "A command line interface for Angular". A command-line interface tool that you use to initialize, develop, scaffold, and maintain Angular applications. You can use the tool directly in a command shell, or indirectly through an interactive UI such as Angular Console.
Angular 2 and Angular CLI are both open source tools. Angular 2 with 49.5K GitHub stars and 13.6K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Angular CLI with 21.9K GitHub stars and 7.02K GitHub forks.
Auto Trader, AgoraPulse, and Kalibrr are some of the popular companies that use Angular 2, whereas Angular CLI is used by Ivolutia, Modularity, and Payfactors. Angular 2 has a broader approval, being mentioned in 259 company stacks & 237 developers stacks; compared to Angular CLI, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 18 developer stacks.
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