I recently had the requirement to serve some static files from within a Elixir Phoenix
application but this was not as simple as dropping the files into a directory under
Phoenix by default has the static paths set to a defined list of files and directories, therefore any non standard assets that we want to serve must be explicitly declared in the endpoint configuration.
The endpoint configuration can be found in
/lib/<app-name>Web/endpoint.ex which if you
look trough you will find the Plug used for adding static paths.
plug Plug.Static, at: "/", from: :my_phoenix_app, gzip: true, only: ~w(css fonts images js favicon.ico robots.txt)
For my use-case I needed the static files served from a
/docs directory so I created a
priv/static/docs that contained the files and then added the path to the
endpoint configuration like so.
plug Plug.Static, at: "/", from: :my_phoenix_app, gzip: true, only: ~w(css fonts images js favicon.ico robots.txt docs)
Then that was all there was to it, everything now worked perfectly.