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Static server middleware for Angel.


In pubspec.yaml:

    angel_static: ^1.2.0


To serve files from a directory, your app needs to have a VirtualDirectory mounted on it.

import 'dart:io';
import 'package:angel_framework/angel_framework.dart';
import 'package:angel_static/angel_static.dart';

main() async {
  final app = new Angel();

  // Normal static server
  await app.configure(new VirtualDirectory(source: new Directory('./public')));

  // Send Cache-Control, ETag, etc. as well
  await app.configure(new CachingVirtualDirectory(source: new Directory('./public')));

  await app.startServer();

Push State Example

var vDir = new VirtualDirectory(...);
var indexFile = new File.fromUri(vDir.source.uri.resolve('index.html'));

app.after.add((req, ResponseContext res) {
  // Fallback to index.html on 404
  return res.sendFile(indexFile);


The VirtualDirectory API accepts a few named parameters:

  • source: A Directory containing the files to be served. If left null, then Angel will serve either from web (in development) or build/web (in production), depending on your ANGEL_ENV.
  • indexFileNames: A List<String> of filenames that should be served as index pages. Default is ['index.html'].
  • publicPath: To serve index files, you need to specify the virtual path under which angel_static is serving your files. If you are not serving static files at the site root, please include this.
  • debug: Print verbose debug output.
  • callback: Runs before sending a file to a client. Use this to set headers, etc. If it returns anything other than null or true, then the callback's result will be sent to the user, instead of the file contents.
  • streamToIO: If set to true, files will be streamed to, instead of added to res.buffer.. Default is false.


angel_static now supports transformers. Similarly to pub serve, or package:build, these let you dynamically compile assets before sending them to users. For example, in development, you might consider using transformers to compile CSS files, or to even replace pub serve. Transformers are supported by VirtualDirectory and CachingVirtualDirectory.

To create a transformer:

class MinifierTransformer extends FileTransformer {
  /// Use this to declare outputs, and indicate if your transformer
  /// will compile a file.
  FileInfo declareOutput(FileInfo file) {
    // For example, we might only want to minify HTML files.
    if (!file.extensions.endsWith('.min.html'))
      return null;
    else return file.changeExtension('.min.html');
  /// Actually compile the asset here.
  FutureOr<FileInfo> transform(FileInfo file) async {
    return file
          .transform(const LineSplitter()

To use it:

configureServer(Angel app) async {
  var vDir = new CachingVirtualDirectory(
    transformers: [new MinifierTransformer()]
  await app.configure(vDir);
  // It is suggested that you await `transformersLoaded`.
  // Otherwise, you may receive 404's on paths that should send a compiled asset.
  await vDir.transformersLoaded;


You can pre-build all your assets with one command:

configureServer(Angel app) async {
  var vDir = new VirtualDirectory(transformers: [...]);
  await app.configure(vDir);
  // Build if in production
  if (app.isProduction) {
    await vDir.buildToDisk();

In Production

By default, transformers are disabled in production mode. To force-enable them:

configureServer(Angel app) async {
  var vDir = new VirtualDirectory(useTransformersInProduction: true, transformers: [...]);