Serving static assets
The easiest way to serve those assets is by using the default
/public folder provided by Next.js. In fact, every file inside this folder will be considered and served as a static asset. We can prove that by creating a new file called
index.txt and putting it inside the
echo "Hello, world!" >> ./public/index.txt
If we now try to launch the server, when we go to http://localhost:3000/index.txt, we will see the text Hello, world! displayed in the browser.
In Chapter 4, Organizing the Code Base and Fetching Data in Next.js, we will take a closer look at organizing the public folder for serving common CSS and JS files, images, icons, and all the other types of static files.
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