Connecting Netlify Forms to Angular

Connecting Netlify Forms to Angular

Connecting Netlify Forms to Angular. Netlify is a great deployment solution, especially for simple, to-the-point apps. Angular works with components which means that our form will be rendered by client-side JavaScript. Therefore, the Netlify bots cannot identify the form and its fields because they do not exist during deployment. Template-Driven or Reactive Forms.

Template-Driven or Reactive Forms.

Netlify is a great deployment solution, especially for simple, to-the-point apps. It provides the Forms feature which does away with having to create a backend only for the sake of form handling and email sending.

Angular is one of the most popular frontend frameworks around and offers loads of great features. Among these are its two form types — reactive and template-driven.

The two don’t go together “out-of-the-box” so let’s make them work!

The problem

In short, Angular works with components which means that our form will be rendered by client-side JavaScript. Therefore, the Netlify bots cannot identify the form and its fields because they do not exist during deployment.

The solution

We need to create an “invisible” form in our index.html which will be discoverable by the bots and we will submit that instead. This will be achieved via a POST request to our index page.

Before we get to the nitty-gritty details of it all, if you’re like me you probably like to have a checklist ready for the next app you might do this for. Here’s mine for reference:

  • Write your invisible form in index.html (use the same “name” attribute as the one in your actual form)
  • Write a suitable interface for the data you require
  • Generate a NetlifyForms service with ng g s NetlifyForms
  • Add a _redirects glob to your src folder containing the redirect rule /* /index.html 200
  • Include the glob in your angular.json assets array by adding the following line:
{ "glob": "_redirects", "input": "src", "output": "/" }
  • Use the NetlifyForms service in your form-containing component to submit the form

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