Bootstrapped Angular 2 + Angular 1 Hybrid App not loading when using downgradeComponent


I have an Angular 1 app that I’ve followed the instructions from the official Angular tutorial ( for Bootstrapping a hybrid 1+2 app. I have all the code in place and run the app and absolutely nothing happens. It just goes to the root URL and I only get the styling and view of whatever is in index.html. However the main <div ng-view> never gets updated via $routeProvider and app.ts. At least that appears to be what’s happening. There are zero errors. Here is what I have so far:

main.ts (loaded via SystemJS)

import { platformBrowserDynamic } from '@angular/platform-browser-dynamic';
import { UpgradeModule } from '@angular/upgrade/static';
import { AppModule } from './app.module';

platformBrowserDynamic().bootstrapModule(AppModule).then(platformRef => {
    const upgrade = platformRef.injector.get(UpgradeModule) as UpgradeModule;
    upgrade.bootstrap(document.body, ['MyA1App']);

One note for the above hybrid bootstrap code – it is working as far as I can tell. If I change the Angular1 app name to blahblah, I get a whole bunch of errors in the browser. This code can find the MyA1App Angular1 module defined in app.ts and is able to bootstrap it.


<div class="main-content" ng-view=""></div>

<!-- Configure SystemJS (bootstrap Angular 2 app) -->
<script src="systemjs.config.js"></script>
    System.import('app').catch(function(err){ console.error(err); });

<!-- Old Angular 1 bootstrap method -->
    angular.bootstrap(document.body, ['MyA1App']);


import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { UpgradeModule } from '@angular/upgrade/static'; //To bootstrap a hybrid application, we  need to import UpgradeModule in our AppModule, and override it's bootstrap method:

    imports: [BrowserModule, UpgradeModule ],

export class AppModule {
    ngDoBootstrap() {}

import { downgradeComponent } from '@angular/upgrade/static';
angular.module('MyA1App', [])
    downgradeComponent({ component: ContactListComponent }) as angular.IDirectiveFactory

app.ts (from Angular 1, which defines the module and routing – this should still be in play and used)

module MyApp {
    'use strict';

export var App: ng.IModule = angular.module('MyA1App', ['ngRoute', 'ngResource', 'highcharts-ng', 'ui.bootstrap']);

    //  register work which needs to be performed on module loading
        '$routeProvider', '$httpProvider',
        ($routeProvider: ng.route.IRouteProvider, $httpProvider: ng.IHttpProvider) => {

                    controller: MyApp.Controllers.LandingCtrl,
                    templateUrl: '/app/angular1x/partials/landing.html'
                    controller: MyApp.Controllers.RegistrationCtrl,
                    controllerAs: 'vm',
                    templateUrl: '/app/angular1x/partials/registration.html'
                    redirectTo: '/landing'

So here’s the overview of the issue:

  • Bootstraping to Angular2 main.ts via systemjs called in index.html (appears successful – no errors)
  • I can place breakpoints in Angular1 controllers, Landing, etc. and see the controllers being defined and loaded being hit. But nothing else happens! No errors or anything.
  • The ng-view directive is never updated via routing. Upon inspecting on the main page it just looks like: <div class="main-content" ng-view=""></div>
  • No JS errors anywhere
  • If I go back and use the original A1 bootstrap in index.html it works as opposed to using systemjs to load A2 and bootstrap A1 as a hybrid.

What am I doing incorrectly here so that the original Angular1 app appears to load and bootstrap just fine, but isn’t actually doing anything?


I have tracked down the offending code to be the following in app.module.ts:

import { downgradeComponent } from '@angular/upgrade/static';
angular.module('MyA1App', [])
    downgradeComponent({ component: ContactListComponent }) as angular.IDirectiveFactory

It was not the routing (that was a red herring). The entire Angular1 app will bootstrap and load if I remove the code above. What am I doing in the code above that could cause everything to halt loading, yet not create any JavaScript errors?


Well I got to the bottom of this issue and it’s disappointing the length of time I waisted because of following the UPGRADING FROM 1.X tutorial. In the tutorial, it shows this exact sample code to downgrade an Angular 2 component by registering it as a directive via the Angular 1 module:

angular.module('heroApp', [])
    downgradeComponent({component: HeroDetailComponent}) as angular.IDirectiveFactory

Notice the empty brackets after the module name []? That was the issue. It sent me on a wild goose chase because when I had that in which was directly from the tutorial, I started getting errors about my controllers in Angular1 not being defined. Since a lot of this is still fresh, I went on a wild goose chase stripping parts of my A1 app trying to get things to work thinking they weren’t compatible with A2. It wasn’t until I read in that same tutorial that, “The existing Angular 1 code works as before and you’re ready to run Angular 2 code” This led me to process of elimination that something in the A2 bootstrap code was wrong and ultimately the brackets caused nothing to load.

My OP noted I wasn’t receiving any errors. This was because I had stripped a lot of A1 code trying to make things work and got to a point where the app loaded but nothing was displayed and thought it was a routing issue.

The working code for me is as follows:

    .directive('contactList', downgradeComponent({ component: ContactListComponent }) as angular.IDirectiveFactory);

Answered By – atconway

Answer Checked By – Marie Seifert (AngularFixing Admin)

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