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RealWorld Example App

👉 I gave a talk to explain the principles I used to build this. I highly recommend watching it!

Elm codebase containing real world examples (CRUD, auth, advanced patterns, etc) that adheres to the RealWorld spec and API.

Demo    RealWorld

This codebase was created to demonstrate a fully fledged fullstack application built with Elm including CRUD operations, authentication, routing, pagination, and more.

For more information on how this works with other frontends/backends, head over to the RealWorld repo.

How it works

Check out the full writeup!


I decided not to include a build script, since all you need for a development build is the elm executable, and all you need on top of that for production is Uglify.

Development Build

Install Elm (e.g. with npm install --global elm), then from the root project directory, run this:

$ elm make src/Main.elm --output elm.js

If you want to include the time-traveling debugger, add --debug like so:

$ elm make src/Main.elm --output elm.js --debug

To view the site in a browser, bring up index.html from any local HTTP server, for example http-server.

Production Build

This is a two-step process. First we compile elm.js using elm make with --optimize, and then we Uglify the result.

Step 1

$ elm make src/Main.elm --output elm.js --optimize

This generates production-optimized JS that is ready to be minified further using Uglify.

Step 2

(Make sure you have Uglify installed first, e.g. with npm install --global uglify-js)

$ uglifyjs elm.js --compress 'pure_funcs="F2,F3,F4,F5,F6,F7,F8,F9,A2,A3,A4,A5,A6,A7,A8,A9",pure_getters=true,keep_fargs=false,unsafe_comps=true,unsafe=true,passes=2' --output=elm.js && uglifyjs elm.js --mangle --output=elm.js

This one lengthy command (make sure to scroll horizontally to get all of it if you're copy/pasting!) runs uglifyjs twice - first with --compress and then again with --mangle.

It's necessary to run Uglify twice if you use the pure_funcs flag, because if you enable both --compress and --mangle at the same time, the pure_funcs argument will have no effect; Uglify will mangle the names first and then not recognize them when it encounters those functions later.