AngularJS routing without the hash ‘#’

AngularJS routing without the hash ‘#’

I’m learning AngularJS and there’s one thing that really annoys me.
I use $routeProvider to declare routing rules for my application:
$routeProvider.when(‘/test’, {
controller: TestCtrl,
templateUrl: ‘views/test.html’
.otherwise({ redirectTo: ‘/test’ });

but when I navigate to my app in browser I see app/#/test instead of app/test.
So my question is why AngularJS adds this hash # to urls? Is there any possibility to avoid it?


Solution 1:

In fact you need the # (hashtag) for non HTML5 browsers.

Otherwise they will just do an HTTP call to the server at the mentioned href.
The # is an old browser shortcircuit which doesn’t fire the request, which allows many js frameworks to build their own clientside rerouting on top of that.

You can use $locationProvider.html5Mode(true) to tell angular to use HTML5 strategy if available.

Here the list of browser that support HTML5 strategy:

Solution 2:

If you enabled html5mode as others have said, and create an .htaccess file with the following contents (adjust for your needs):

RewriteEngine   On
RewriteBase     /
RewriteCond     %{REQUEST_URI} !^(/index\.php|/img|/js|/css|/robots\.txt|/favicon\.ico)
RewriteCond     %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond     %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule     ./index.html [L]

Users will be directed to the your app when they enter a proper route, and your app will read the route and bring them to the correct “page” within it.

EDIT: Just make sure not to have any file or directory names conflict with your routes.

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Solution 3:

Lets write answer that looks simple and short

In Router at end add html5Mode(true);

app.config(function($routeProvider,$locationProvider) {

    $routeProvider.when('/home', {


In html head add base tag

    <meta charset="utf-8">    
    <base href="/">

thanks To @plus– for detailing the above answer

Solution 4:



More info at

Using $location

Solution 5:

The following information is from:

It is very easy to get clean URLs and remove the hashtag from the URL in Angular.
By default, AngularJS will route URLs with a hashtag
For Example:

There are 2 things that need to be done.

  • Configuring $locationProvider

  • Setting our base for relative links

  • $location Service

In Angular, the $location service parses the URL in the address bar and makes changes to your application and vice versa.

I would highly recommend reading through the official Angular $location docs to get a feel for the location service and what it provides.$location

$locationProvider and html5Mode

  • We will use the $locationProvider module and set html5Mode to true.
  • We will do this when defining your Angular application and
    configuring your routes.

    angular.module('noHash', [])
    .config(function($routeProvider, $locationProvider) {
           .when('/', {
               templateUrl : 'partials/home.html',
               controller : mainController
           .when('/about', {
               templateUrl : 'partials/about.html',
               controller : mainController
           .when('/contact', {
               templateUrl : 'partials/contact.html',
               controller : mainController
       // use the HTML5 History API
       $locationProvider.html5Mode(true); });

What is the HTML5 History API? It is a standardized way to manipulate the browser history using a script. This lets Angular change the routing and URLs of our pages without refreshing the page. For more information on this, here is a good HTML5 History API Article:

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Setting For Relative Links

  • To link around your application using relative links, you will need
    to set the <base> in the <head> of your document. This may be in the
    root index.html file of your Angular app. Find the <base> tag, and
    set it to the root URL you’d like for your app.

For example: <base href="/">

  • There are plenty of other ways to configure this, and the HTML5 mode
    set to true should automatically resolve relative links. If your root
    of your application is different than the url (for instance /my-base,
    then use that as your base.

Fallback for Older Browsers

  • The $location service will automatically fallback to the hashbang
    method for browsers that do not support the HTML5 History API.
  • This happens transparently to you and you won’t have to configure
    anything for it to work. From the Angular $location docs, you can see
    the fallback method and how it works.

In Conclusion

  • This is a simple way to get pretty URLs and remove the hashtag in
    your Angular application. Have fun making those super clean and super
    fast Angular apps!

Solution 6:

If you are wanting to configure this locally on OS X 10.8 serving Angular with Apache then you might find the following in your .htaccess file helps:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    Options +FollowSymlinks
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /~yourusername/appname/public/
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !.*\.(css|js|html|png|jpg|jpeg|gif|txt)
    RewriteRule (.*) index.html [L]

Options +FollowSymlinks if not set may give you a forbidden error in the logs like so:

Options FollowSymLinks or SymLinksIfOwnerMatch is off which implies that RewriteRule directive is forbidden

Rewrite base is required otherwise requests will be resolved to your server root which locally by default is not your project directory unless you have specifically configured your vhosts, so you need to set the path so that the request finds your project root directory. For example on my machine I have a /Users/me/Sites directory where I keep all my projects. Like the old OS X set up.

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The next two lines effectively say if the path is not a directory or a file, so you need to make sure you have no files or directories the same as your app route paths.

The next condition says if request not ending with file extensions specified so add what you need there

And the [L] last one is saying to serve the index.html file – your app for all other requests.

If you still have problems then check the apache log, it will probably give you useful hints: