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Lately I've had the opportunity to work with Angular on a regular basis. At first it has been a challenge due to a large learning curve with the framework. But after a couple projects things have been moving smoothly. Anyway this post is a blurb on how to properly route request from Nginx to your Angular application.

Lots of resources recommend the follow Nginx configuration for your application.

Note that this is working with an Angular app that is running in html5mode.

So in our Nginx conf we have our root location try_files directive that checks for the existence of files in order, and then returns the first file that is found.

Now this gets us 50% of the way there. What happens when you have nested routes? e.g. foobar.com/fizz/buzz or query strings? e.g. foobar.com/fizz/buzz?ping=pong.

Well Nginx gets you part of the way there with query strings but not nested routes. After some hours of reading Nginx documentation and searching for answers, I came across this solution.

In you Angular application entry point file, usually index.html. Inside the head tag section place this tag, <base href="/">

This will allow Angular to handle all route request properly.

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