Serving Static Assets in Restify NodeJS

While Restify is branded as a REST Framework, there are instances where we want to put a static html along with the API. For example, if we want to serve up the API documentation or built a Bot and serve up an UI.

Four lines of Code

If you are looking to serve up static assets from the root path(ie, and all your static assets are in the public directory, these are the four lines of code you need if you are using restify v5+

    directory: "./public",
    default: "index.html",

An important note is that you’ll need to put this code snippet as the very last route registration in your app, otherwise every single GET request will try to serve the asset request (For example, /api/messages will cause restify to look for index.html under public/api/messages/)