Deploy your Angular app with Docker and Nginx

Deploy your app in a container

For our deployments we use Kubernetes or OpenShift. Everything has to be in a container and be part of a develop / build / deploy pipeline.

In a previous post I already explained how to deploy an Angular app in a Java artifact using a maven structure.

When we want to completely separate the frontend from the backend we have to create multiple containers.

The docker container


FROM nginx 
COPY nginx.conf /etc/nginx/nginx.conf 
COPY ./src/dist /usr/share/nginx/html 

We use Nginx as web server for the deployment. In theory an Angular app is a simple Javascript application and it doesn't need a web server. An online file storage offered by a cloud provider could be enough.

Some advantages of a web server:

  • own rules and filters
  • compression
  • resolution of the html urls (404 error after refresh)

Our docker consists in only 3 lines.

FROM nginx we use the nginx Docker image
COPY nginx.conf /etc/nginx/nginx.conf we copy our own nginx configuration.
COPY ./src/dist /usr/share/nginx/html we copy the prod build of our Angular app.

Nginx configuration

We have a custom configuration for nginx nginx.conf:

events { 
  worker_connections  1024;  ## Default: 1024 
http { 
    ## use mime types 
    include /etc/nginx/mime.types; 
     server { 
        listen 80; 
        location / { 
            root /usr/share/nginx/html; 
            index  index.html; 
            ## without this our .css are not loaded 
            try_files $uri $uri/ /index.html?$query_string; 
    ## enable gzip compression 
    gzip on; 
    gzip_vary on; 
    gzip_min_length 256; 
    gzip_proxied any; 
      ## text/html is always compressed : 

This configuration creates a web server that listen port 80, makes a compressions of the response and redirect to the main page if an URL is not found.

WebApp built by Marco using SpringBoot, Java 16, Mustache, Markdown and Hosted using Jelastic