Configure Angular HTML 5 mode in Undertow

June 3, 2015

Undertow is the default web server in the Wildfly Application Server. You can also use it as an embedded webserver.

To use Angular HTML5 mode effectively, we need some rewrite rules to direct traffic to our Angular single-page application. Undertow support rewrite rules through a predicate. This article outlines how you can write a predicate and apply it to your code.

Note: these rules can be easily used for any single-page application framework.

An example

This example assumes that:

Our context path is /app. We don’t want to rewrite either /app or /app/. Our Angular application lives at /app/index.html. Our CSS is located at /app/css/. Our JS is located at /app/js/. Our images are placed in /app/images/. The backend REST service is served at the /app/rest/ path.

All of these prerequisites need to be filtered out. The predicate that conforms with the example we’ve outlined above results in:

not equals[%R, '/app'] and
not equals[%R, '/app/'] and
not equals[%R, '/app/index.html'] and
not path-prefix['/app/css/'] and
not path-prefix['/app/js/'] and
not path-prefix['/app/images/'] and
not path-prefix['/app/rest/'] and
regex['/app/.+'] -> rewrite['/km/index.html']

A hit on /app/foo/bar/ will resolve to our Angular appo running at /app/index.html Requests to stylesheets, javascript files or our REST service will pass through.

This predicate can be used inside a Undertow configuration file (undertow-handlers.conf, out of scope of this article), or be used in code as a Undertow handler.

Get the rewrite rules working using code

This option is more likely what you want if you’re running Undertow embedded. You can configure Undertow in code through a chain of handlers. Undertow ships with several built-in handlers, one of them is the Predicate handler:

    PredicatedHandlersParser.parse("the predicate we've just written"),

Note: Undertow uses the PredicatedHandlersParser class we’ve used in this example internally to parse the undertow-handlers.conf file, so you’re essentially doing the same thing as using the configuration file.

More information

If you need additional information, check these resources:

Undertow documentation

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