I'm writing this blog post literally because I want a place to store this tip so I can get it easier later on. When you create a new LoopBack application, the command line automatically creates a folder called
client for you. That's a folder where you may, if you want to, place a client-side application to use with your APIs. This is totally optional. If you do choose to use it, you may find yourself wanting to run both a web app there as well as the LoopBack server.
In the past, I simply went into that folder and used httpster to fire up a quick web server. However, recently it occurred to me that a) LoopBack runs on top of Express and b) Express has a way to point to a static folder and c) LoopBack provides a shortcut for updating that setting. So long as you're OK with your client stuff being on the same port and server as your API stuff, then here is a quick tip.
server/middleware.json and find this bit:
And just tweak it to:
And that's it. Now when you run your LoopBack app, files under the
Oh - one more thing. Most likely you'll add an index.html to your
client folder. Don't forget that the default LoopBack app has a route for
/. You can remove that in