Prerendering static pages

Angular Universal lets you prerender the pages of your application. Prerendering is the process where a dynamic page is processed at build time generating static HTML.

How to prerender a page

To prerender a static page make sure to add SSR capabilities to your application. For more information see the universal guide. Once SSR is added, run the following command:

npm run prerender

Build options for prerendering

When you add prerendering to your application, the following build options are available:

  • browserTarget: Specify the target to build.
  • serverTarget: Specify the Server target to use for prerendering the application.
  • routes: Define an array of additional routes to prerender.
  • guessRoutes: Whether builder should extract routes and guess which paths to render. Defaults to true.
  • routesFile: Specify a file that contains a list of all routes to prerender, separated by newlines. This option is useful if you have a large number of routes.
  • numProcesses: Specify the number of CPUs to be used while running the prerendering command.

Prerendering dynamic routes

You can prerender dynamic routes. An example of a dynamic route is product/:id, where id is dynamically provided.

To prerender dynamic routes, choose one from the following options:

  • Provide additional routes in the command line
  • Provide routes using a file
  • Prerender specific routes

Provide additional routes in the command line

While running the prerender command, you can provide additional routes. For example:

ng run <app-name>:prerender --routes /product/1 /product/2

Providing additonal routes using a file

You can provide routes using a file to generate static pages. This method is useful if you have a large number of routes to generate, such as product details for an e-commerce application, which might come from an external source (Database or CMS).

To provide routes using a file, use the --routes-file option with the name of a .txt file containing the routes.

For example, you could generate this file by using a script to extract IDs from a database and save them to a routes.txt file:


When your .txt file is ready, run the following command to prerender the static files with dynamic values:

ng run <app-name>:prerender --routes-file routes.txt

Prerendering specific routes

You can also pass specific routes to the prerender command. If you choose this option, make sure to disable the guessRoutes option.

ng run <app-name>:prerender --no-guess-routes --routes /product/1 /product/1

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