Angular CLI Deployment: Host Your Angular 2 App on Heroku

Ryan Chenkie
Dec 15, 2016 · 8 min read

Get Set Up with Heroku

heroku create

Prepare the Angular App’s package.json File

Building the App

// package.json"scripts": {
// ...
"postinstall": "ng build --aot -prod"

Move the @angular/cli Dependency

// package.json"dependencies": {
// ...
"@angular/cli": "1.2.3",

Running the Server

// package.json"scripts": {
// ...
"start": "node server.js"


// package.json"engines": {
"node": "6.11.1",
"npm": "3.10.9"

Create an Express Server

npm install --save express
// server.jsconst express = require('express');
const app = express();
// Run the app by serving the static files
// in the dist directory
app.use(express.static(__dirname + '/dist'));// Start the app by listening on the default
// Heroku port
app.listen(process.env.PORT || 8080);

Force Redirect to HTTPS

// server.jsconst express = require('express');
const app = express();
// If an incoming request uses
// a protocol other than HTTPS,
// redirect that request to the
// same url but with HTTPS
const forceSSL = function() {
return function (req, res, next) {
if (req.headers['x-forwarded-proto'] !== 'https') {
return res.redirect(
['https://', req.get('Host'), req.url].join('')
// Instruct the app
// to use the forceSSL
// middleware
app.use(forceSSL());// ...

Handle PathLocationStrategy Routing

// server.jsconst path = require('path');// ...// For all GET requests, send back index.html
// so that PathLocationStrategy can be used
app.get('/*', function(req, res) {
res.sendFile(path.join(__dirname + '/dist/index.html'));

Push to Heroku to Deploy the App

git add .
git commit -m "first deploy"
git push heroku master

Bonus: Create a Script to Handle the Deploy

// package.json"scripts": {
// ...
"deploy": "git push origin master && git push heroku master"
npm run deploy

Wrapping Up

Drop Me a Line

Ryan Chenkie

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Mostly JavaScripting with Angular and Node. Screencasting at , Google Developer Expert. Formerly at @auth0.

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