Matthew Cantelon

MC

The Svelte library has been picking up steam lately so I gave it a try this week and found it quite enjoyable. The next questions for me were: how do I use Fastify server and get server-side rendering?

This tutorial assumes:

  • you have used Svelte
  • you have used or want to use Fastify
  • you want server-side rendering in the easiest way possible (Sapper)

Setup Sapper

I don’t want to reinvent the instruction wheel so it is best to follow the instructions on the Sapper site to setup a new project or review the Github repo and add Sapper to your project.

If you go the hard way (adding Sapper), the most important parts will be:

  • creating a static/ folder
  • creating a src/template.html
  • creating a src/client.js
  • creating a src/server.js
  • choosing Rollup or Webpack and setting up the package.json accordingly

Use Fastify

In the instructions for Sapper you might notice:

This is a normal Express (or Polka, etc) app, with three requirements

Source: https://sapper.svelte.dev/docs/#src_server_js

This means Fastify should be easy to drop in.

Install dependencies

npm install fastify fastify-static

Create a src/server.js file

Or clear the contents of the existing one if you used the Sapper template.

The new contents:

const fastify = require('fastify')({ logger: true });
const path = require('path');

// Register the static plugin and serve content from static folder
fastify.register(require('fastify-static'), {
  root: path.join(__dirname, '..', 'static')
})

// Run the sapper middleware which will handle server-side rendering
fastify.use(require('@sapper/server').middleware());

fastify.listen(process.env.PORT, (err, address) => {
  if (err) { throw err; }
  fastify.log.info(`Server listening on ${address}`);
});

Test drive

npm run dev

Visit http://localhost:3000.

Using Fastify with Sapper by Matthew Cantelon is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.