I had the same problem. I tried creating a new app using
ember new ... multiple times and each time it always hung on: Installing packages for tooling via npm…
Since not many users seemed to have this issue, I concluded its related to my node/npm setup. (I had recently been switching between multiple, older node versions using nvm. nvm cleanly uses separate lib/node_modules directories, but since I was stuck I decided to just try cleaning things up). So here’s what I did.
- I wiped out my ~/.npm and ~/.npm-gyp (.nvm too since I was use nvm)
- Did a fresh install of node 5.5.0 (basically to make sure /opt/lib/node_modules/ are clean. [I download node and keep it in /opt/node])
- Installed bower before installing ember.
Doing the above worked, although I’m not sure which step actually solved it.
This solution is pretty vague. I had already spent enough time on this, so I didn’t spend time pinpointing which step actually fixed it. Hope your problem gets fixed too.