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How to host Angular app on AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront

In this article we will learn about How to host Angular app on AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront. AWS CloudFront is a web service that speeds up the distribution of static and dynamic web content, such as html, css, javascript, and image files. This article will cover the steps to host an Angular web app in AWS CloudFront. Angular is a development platform that aims to make web development feel effortless, focused on developer productivity, speed and testability. Please read my previous article of How to Deploy Angular App in GitHub Pages.

What is AWS S3 bucket?

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service offering industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. AWS S3 is cloud storage which used for storing content or media or static web hosting.

What is Cloud front in AWS?

AWS CloudFront is a globally-distributed network offered by Amazon Web Services, which securely transfers content such as software, SDKs, videos, etc., to the clients, with high transfer speed.

CloudFront is like another CDN provided by AWS which is used as endpoint to publish server or S3 content. Its faster content delivery network. It has many endpoint like elastic load balancer or S3 bucket etc.

What is ACM in AWS?

AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) to provision, manage, and deploy public and private SSL/TLS certificates for use with AWS services and your internal connected resources. ACM removes the time-consuming manual process of purchasing, uploading, and renewing SSL/TLS certificates.

ACM is AWS SSL certificate provider (Public SSL/TLS certificates provisioned through AWS Certificate Manager are free. You pay only for the AWS resources you create to run your application.)

What is Route53?

Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable cloud domain name system (DNS) service. Enables to customize DNS routing policies to reduce latency.

Route53 is network routing provider where can create NS record or A record or CNAME for domain routing. Which gives list of endpoint to select either direct S3 Bucket or CloudFront.

Hosting flow of AWS S3 bucket and CloudFront

Below are the steps we need to follow to host Angular app on AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront.

  • Create a new S3 bucket, and keep public access turned off.
  • Create a new Angular project using ng new <app-name>
  • Build the Angular app using ng build
  • Upload published content in the S3 bucket.
  • Create a CloudFront distribution.
  • Add error pages to handle 404 and 403 error codes for dynamic routes.
AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront

Host Angular app on AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront

Following below steps we can create S3 bucket and push the Angular Code.

Create S3 bucket

Create S3 bucket
  • Check the highlighted to disable the public access settings.
AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront- Block public access
  • Here we need to configure the bucket name, the bucket name should be unique as globally so we need to take care of it and check the region according to your availability.
AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront- create bucket
  • And leave all of the configuration as is and click on create bucket.
Create new bucket

Create an Angular App

  • The bucket has been created, next step is create an Angular app and then build the project. If you are new to how to create an angular app then please follow this link Creating Angular Project using Angular CLI.
  • Next step is build the angular app using ng-build command and it will create the dist folder under the Angular app.
angular ng-build result

Upload published content in the S3 bucket

Upload the angular content in into S3 bucket as like I did.

Create a CloudFront distribution

  • On the AWS Search console, search for Cloud Front and click on Create Cloud Front distribution
  • Here the domain we can select according to the S3 bucket name.
  • Click on the Origin access settings as we don’t want our cloud front distribution access as public.
  • Create on control settings button and it pop up the below modal.
AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront- control settings
AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront- control settings bucket

Click on the create distribution button, it will take some minutes to deploy the distribution.

AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront- create distribution

After clicking the create distribution we can see S3 bucket policy is not updated, so copy the policy and navigate to the S3 bucket and Edit the bucket policy and paste copied the json file.

AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront-s3 bucket policy

Then go to distribution and copy the cloud front URL and run into browser.

AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront- distribution domain

We can see the blow error as the start page is not matched, but if we can use the URL like “” then we can see our angular app.

AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront access issue

To resolve this issue, we may follow below steps.

  • Go to Cloud Front distribution, click on Error pages Tab and under this “Create Custom Error response” like below. We have created two error response with adding the custom error response path to “index.html”
AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront Eoor response 404
AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront Error response 403

So now when you navigate to the Cloud Front URL we can see our angular App can access.

AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront hosted Angular App


So far we discussed How to host Angular app on AWS S3 bucket using CloudFront. We discussed step by step to process to host the angular app.

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Jayant Tripathy
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