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This file has a few build and development configuration options, but does not actually run on your server.

/** @type {import('@remix-run/dev').AppConfig} */
module.exports = {
  appDirectory: "app",
  assetsBuildDirectory: "public/build",
  ignoredRouteFiles: ["**/.*"],
  publicPath: "/build/",
  routes(defineRoutes) {
    return defineRoutes((route) => {
      route("/somewhere/cool/*", "catchall.tsx");
  serverBuildPath: "build/index.js",
  serverBuildTarget: "node-cjs",


The path to the app directory, relative to remix.config.js. Defaults to "app".

// default
exports.appDirectory = "./app";

// custom
exports.appDirectory = "./elsewhere";


The path to the browser build, relative to remix.config.js. Defaults to "public/build". Should be deployed to static hosting.


The path to a directory Remix can use for caching things in development, relative to remix.config.js. Defaults to ".cache".


The delay, in milliseconds, before the dev server broadcasts a reload event. There is no delay by default.


The port number to use for the dev websocket server. Defaults to 8002.


This is an array of globs (via minimatch) that Remix will match to files while reading your app/routes directory. If a file matches, it will be ignored rather than treated like a route module. This is useful for ignoring dotfiles (like .DS_Store files) or CSS/test files you wish to colocate.


The URL prefix of the browser build with a trailing slash. Defaults to "/build/". This is the path the browser will use to find assets.


A function for defining custom routes, in addition to those already defined using the filesystem convention in app/routes. Both sets of routes will be merged.

exports.routes = async (defineRoutes) => {
  // If you need to do async work, do it before calling `defineRoutes`, we use
  // the call stack of `route` inside to set nesting.

  return defineRoutes((route) => {
    // A common use for this is catchall routes.
    // - The first argument is the React Router path to match against
    // - The second is the relative filename of the route handler
    route("/some/path/*", "catchall.tsx");

    // if you want to nest routes, use the optional callback argument
    route("some/:path", "some/route/file.js", () => {
      // - path is relative to parent path
      // - filenames are still relative to the app directory
      route("relative/path", "some/other/file");


A server entrypoint, relative to the root directory that becomes your server's main module. If specified, Remix will compile this file along with your application into a single file to be deployed to your server. This file can use either a .js or .ts file extension.


This option is deprecated and will likely be removed in a future stable release. Use serverBuildPath instead.

The path to the server build, relative to remix.config.js. Defaults to "build". This needs to be deployed to your server.


The path to the server build file, relative to remix.config.js. This file should end in a .js extension and should be deployed to your server.

If omitted, the default build path will be based on your serverBuildTarget.


The target of the server build. Defaults to "node-cjs".

The serverBuildTarget can be one of the following:


A list of regex patterns that determines if a module is transpiled and included in the server bundle. This can be useful when consuming ESM only packages in a CJS build, or when consuming packages with CSS side-effect imports.

For example, the unified ecosystem is all ESM-only. Let's also say we're using a @sindresorhus/slugify which is ESM-only as well. Here's how you would be able to consume those packages in a CJS app without having to use dynamic imports:

/** @type {import('@remix-run/dev').AppConfig} */
module.exports = {
  appDirectory: "app",
  assetsBuildDirectory: "public/build",
  publicPath: "/build/",
  serverBuildDirectory: "build",
  ignoredRouteFiles: ["**/.*"],
  serverDependenciesToBundle: [


An array, string, or async function that defines custom directories, relative to the project root, to watch while running remix dev. These directories are in addition to appDirectory.

exports.watchPaths = async () => {
  return ["./some/path/*"];

// also valid
exports.watchPaths = ["./some/path/*"];

File Name Conventions

There are a few conventions that Remix uses you should be aware of.

Dilum Sanjaya made an awesome visualization of how routes in the file system map to the URL in your app that might help you understand these conventions.