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What is context path ?

Senior Web Developer
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The context path is the prefix of a URL path that is used to select the context(s) to which an incoming request is passed.

Context path is also known as sub-path or sub-directory

Many apps are hosted at something other than the root (/) of their domain. For example, My personal blog is live at, or you can host your site on GitHub Pages at

Each of these sites need a prefix added to all paths on the site. So a link to a blog which is having the slug /features-in-es6/ should be rewritten as /blog/features-in-es6.

In addition to the slug of the blog, links to various resources (JavaScript, CSS, images, and other static content) need the same prefix, so that the site continues to function correctly when served with the path prefix in place.

For this to work, you need to specify the config according to them. This allows the built bundle to be deployed under that path.

Here are some examples where you need to specify the context path before building your app.

Create React App

// package.json

  "homepage": ".",


// vue.config.js

module.exports = {
  baseUrl: '/blog',


// gatsby-config.js

module.exports = {
  pathPrefix: '/blog',

Also, If you are serving static files, then paste the sub-directory folder in the root folder. This will serve from the sub-directory.

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