Angular4: how do access local json?

In Angular2 you could have a folder /data/ and a json file there and you could access it at localhost:4200/data/something.json.

This is no longer possible in Angular4.

Any ideea how to get it to work?



you can use this code

export class AppServices{

    constructor(private http: Http) {
         var obj;
         this.getJSON().subscribe(data => obj=data, error => console.log(error));

    public getJSON(): Observable<any> {
         return this.http.get("./file.json")
                         .map((res:any) => res.json())
                         .catch((error:any) => console.log(error));


here file.json is your local json file.

see here also

also see the changlog of angular-cli for path


Ofcourse its possible. Let's assume here is your json file

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And here is your code to call the json

import { Injectable } from '@angular/core';
import { Http, Headers, Response } from '@angular/http';
import { Observable } from 'rxjs';
import 'rxjs/add/operator/map'

export class YourService {

   constructor(private http: Http) { }

      let apiUrl = './assets/data/api/advantage.json';
      return this.http.get(apiUrl)
      .map( (response: Response) => {
         const data = response.json();
         return data;

You can use "require" too;

let test = require('./test.json');

I was facing the same issue, where my Observable Angular service was located at inside 'src/app/' folder and it was trying to load a local JSON file. I tried to put the JSON file inside the same app folder, inside a new 'api' folder, used various kinds of relatives/absolute routes, but it didn't help and I got 404 error. The moment I put it inside 'assets' folder, it worked. I guess there is more to it?

Maybe this link helps:



Based on this post, here is complete answer for Angular 6+:

From angular-cli doc, json can be considered as assets and accessed from standard import without use of ajax request.

Let's suppose you add your json files into "your-json-dir" directory:

  1. add "your-json-dir" into angular.json file (:

    "assets": [ "src/assets", "src/your-json-dir" ]

  2. allow import of json modules into typings.d.ts file to prevent from typescript errors:

    declare module "*.json" { const value: any; export default value; }

  3. in your controller/service/anything else file, simply import the file by using this relative path:

    import * as myJson from 'your-json-dir/your-json-file.json';


I figured it out.

In Angular2 I had the folder under the src folder. In Angular4 you have to have it in the root folder.



root / src / data / file.json


root / data / file.json


You could add your folder location under Assets tag in angular.json

"assets": [


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