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Marcos Basualdo February 2016

Angular2 too many file requests on load

I'm making a website using Angular2 and I'm having what i suppose is an issue. On the first load of my angular page, SystemJS is making more than 500 hundred requests to retrieve every Angular2 file in angular2/src directory. In total, the first load downloads more than 4MB and it takes more than 14 seconds to start.

My index.html does the following scripts includes:

<script src="libs/angular2/bundles/angular2-polyfills.js"></script>
<script src="libs/systemjs/dist/system.src.js"></script>
<script src="libs/rxjs/bundles/Rx.js"></script>
<script src="libs/angular2/bundles/angular2.min.js"></script>
<script src="libs/angular2/bundles/http.dev.js"></script>
<script src="libs/jquery/jquery.js"></script>
<script src="libs/lodash/lodash.js"></script>
<script src="libs/bootstrap/js/bootstrap.js"></script>

And my systemJs initialization code looks like this:

        defaultJSExtensions: true,
        paths: {
          '*': 'libs/*',
          'app/*': 'app/*'
        packageConfigPaths: ['libs/*/package.json'],
        packages: {
          app: {
            format: 'register',
            defaultExtension: 'js'
            .then(null, console.error.bind(console));


My public folder has the following structure:

├── img
├── styles
├── app
├── libs
|   └── angular2
|   └── systemjs
|   └── rxjs
|   └── jquery
|   └── lodash
|   └── bootstrap
└── index.html

A couple of screenshots of some of the js files that are being requested:


basarat February 2016

On the first load of my angular page, systemjs is making more than 500 hundred requests to retrieve every angular2 file in angular2/src directory. In total, the first load downloads more than 4mb and it takes more than 14s to start.

The SystemJs workflows are fairly new and don't have enough research in them for best deployment.

Suggest going back to commonjs + webpack. More : https://basarat.gitbooks.io/typescript/content/docs/quick/browser.html

Here is an example : https://github.com/AngularClass/angular2-webpack-starter

Thierry Templier February 2016

I think that your question is related to this one:

To have something ready for production (and speed it up), you need to package it.

I mean transpiling all files into JavaScript ones and concat them the same way Angular2 does for example. This way you will have several modules contained into a single JS file. This way you will reduce the number of HTTP calls to load your application code into the browser.

David Herod February 2016

I had the exact same problem, was actually looking at this post for an answer. Here is what I did to solve the problem.

  1. Modify your project to use webpack. Follow this short tutorial: Angular2 QuickStart SystemJS To Webpack
  2. This method will give you a single javascript file however it is quite large (my project file was over 5MB) and needs to be minified. To do this I installed webpack globaly:npm install webpack -g. Once installed, run webpack -p from your apps root directory. This brought my file size down to about 700KB

From 20 seconds and 350 requests down to 3 seconds and 7 requests.

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