By marcushaddon

2017-03-09 19:08:04 8 Comments


After setting a base tag to run Angular 1.x in HTML5 mode, the browser (Chrome) makes requests to the wrong path for scripts when accessing the app by navigating directly to localhost:3000/resource/id.


I have an Angular 1 app that I have recently set to run in HTML5 mode, like so:


I have included a base tag in the head of index.html like so:

<base href="/">

I have set up my express routes so that a request for (for example) http://localhost:3000/album/38ad87f will return index.html, like so:

    .use('/', express.static(__dirname + '/crate-frontend/app'))

// Playlist endpoints
.use('/api/playlists', playlistRoutes)

// Album endpoints
.use('/api/album', albumRoutes)

// Artist endpoints
.use('/api/artist', artistRoutes)

// Track endpoints
.use('/api/tracks', trackRoutes)

// User endpoints
.use('/api/user', userRoutes)

// Discogs proxy endpoints
.use('/api/discogs', discogsRoutes)

// Youtube proxy endpoints
.use('/api/youtube', youtubeRoutes)

// Search endpoints
.use('/api/search', searchRoutes)

// For serving up crate-frontend/app/index.html
.all('/*', function(request, response){
    response.sendFile(__dirname + '/crate-frontend/app/index.html' );

Now, when I go to the home page, and navigate around, everything works fine. BUT if I refresh the page that is not the root OR a copy/paste a URL like http://localhost:3000/album/38ad87f into a new window, it breaks. I can see that it receives index.html, but then when the browser requests each of the linked scripts, for example:

<script src="app.js"></script>

it actually makes a request to http://localhost:3000/album/app.js, which returns index.html.

Can someone tell me what I've missed / am doing wrong?


@lin 2017-03-09 19:12:02

Try to include your ressources with an absolute path and you will be fine for all time.

<script src="/app.js"></script>

@marcushaddon 2017-03-09 20:11:06

Well I feel dumb but I am so glad I asked. Thank you so much!

@lin 2017-03-09 20:14:37

@marcushaddon glad to help ya.

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