Requirements: Django > 1.8, Angular 8, 9 or above. I've done this Angular 9.
Let's jump directly into a pool, I'm guessing, you already have a basic Django setup, which is:
- Vritualenv setup - Django project - Static files and template files setup
Start by installing angular cli into your local.
npm install -g @angular/cli
if you are on windows', please set the path of the ng command. Otherwise, you can use
npm run ng <your ng command> for the rest of the article.
- In Django, create a Landing view and URL pointing to that view. And render a template which you're going to use for Angular. Let's say
angular_index.htmlwhich is residing into Django templates dir.
- Now, from command-line, create a new angular project names
frontendinto a Django static directory.
ng new frontend
- Now your Angular apps
basic structure is done, for testing, runng build
. This will compile your code and produce some files intodist
directory which will be created into afrontend (your angular app)` directory.
- Now go into
angular_index.htmland include these compiled files
main-es2015.jsinto Django template js block.
And now you're almost done, just add
angular_index.html and run your python server by
python manage.py runserver
Goto your defined URL for your angular app and you'll be seeing the app.
Up until now, everything is working fine, but the problem is every time you do some code change, you have run ng build to compile the angular code and then see the changes reflect in the browser.
So you might be thinking, why not use
ng serve, yes
ng serve is a great option. But the sad part is, it does not provide us with the compiled files. it saves those files in the memory. So we need to use watch option in
ng build for development purpose.
ng build --watch into a terminal and it will hot reload your project with every file change. But now, your browser will not show anything. Because at watch state,
ng build --watch produces different filenames without postfix of es2015. So you need to change those files names in the
angular_index.html and include the following files.
For better configuration, you can get the environment from
settings.py and with the help of if condition, you can set the files according to the environment.
Just in case, if you add support for IE, there will extra file which will generate. You need to add that file to render everything perfectly.
🙏 - Abhishek Kumar Singh