How to deploy an ADF APP

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How to deploy an ADF APP

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This document describes how to deploy an ADF Angular app.

Production build and Development build

The first task before to deploy your project is to produce a distribution build. Move to the main folder of your project before proceeding.


Development build

The result of this build is not optimized for production. The total sizes of the bundles are big because they contain unused code and have not been minified. However, this kind of build is useful in the development phase to debug your application.

  1. Run the build: 
       ng build

   This command will produce a dist folder in your project folder. If you want to change the output folder you can use the command :

  1.    ng build -op OUTPUT_FOLDER

Production build 

The result of this build is optimized for production. The total bundle sizes are smaller because the build makes use of a number of optimizations: AOT, Bundling, Minification, Uglification, and Dead code elimination. To learn more about this process please refer to the official Angular CLI documentation  build · angular/angular-cli Wiki · GitHub 

  1. Run the build: 
       ng build --prod

   This command will produce a dist folder in your project folder. If you want to change the output folder you can use the command :

  1.    ng build -op OUTPUT_FOLDER

Check the app.config.json file

Once the dist folder has been created it will contain the app.confg.json file that was originally in your main folder. Before proceeding with the deployment of your app, check that the configuration of app.config.json correctly targets your backend content services and/or process services.

See this document to find out how to set up different configurations for different environments: 

Deploy the distribution

After your dist folder has been created, the next steps are:

  1. Copy the dist folder to your server
  2. Configure the server to fallback the routed app to index.html

The server fallback is needed to ask the server to return the index.html page when asked for a route or file that does not exist. These URLs will be interpreted by the Angular router

In the next part of this document we describe how to execute the two steps above for different server types:

  1. Apache
  2. NGinx
  3. GitHub Pages
  4. Firebase hosting

1. Apache

  1. Download Apache Tomcat from Apache Tomcat® - Apache Tomcat 9 Software Downloads 
  2. Copy the dist folder to the "webapps" folder of the Tomcat server.
  3. Open your conf/server.xml and add the following XML in the host tag: 
                <Context path="/" docBase="dist">

  4. Start your Tomcat server

2. NGinx

  1. Install NGinx: Install | NGINX 
  2. Copy the dist folder to the default NGINX folder "/usr/share/nginx/html" (note that this folder may be different for your NGINX installation )
  3. Edit your /etc/nginx/nginx.conf file:

    worker_processes 1;

    events {
    worker_connections 1024;

    http {
    server {
    listen 80;
    server_name localhost;

    root /usr/share/nginx/html;
    index index.html index.htm;
    include /etc/nginx/mime.types;

    gzip on;
    gzip_min_length 1000;
    gzip_proxied expired no-cache no-store private auth;
    gzip_types text/plain text/css application/json application/javascript application/x-javascript text/xml application/xml application/xml+rss text/javascript;

    location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.html;

  4. Start the NGINX server

3. GitHub Pages

  1. Create a Github repository to store your project
  2. Install angular-cli-ghpages in your project with the command:  npm install -g angular-cli-ghpages
  3. Build the project with the base-href set to point to your repository: ng build --prod --base-href https://<username><reponame>/
  4. Publish the application: ngh -no-silent 
  5. Navigate to https://<username><reponame>/ 

4. Firebase hosting

  1. Create an account on firebase
  2. Create an app from
  3. Note your app has now an ID in this case my-new-project-7e300 . You will need this value later to deploy the app
  4. Install the firebase tools: npm install -g firebase-tools
  5. Login to firebase: firebase login
  6. Run the command: firebase init
    • Select  ❯ ◉ Hosting: Configure and deploy Firebase Hosting sites
    • Select a default Firebase project for this directory: [create a new project]
  7. The init command will create two new files: .firebaserc and firebase.json
  8. Run the command: firebase use --add my-new-project-7e300   
    (Note my-new-project-7e300 is the same id created above)
  9. Deploy your app : firebase deploy
  10. Open your app:  firebase open hosting:site


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