Samir Said Samir Said - 3 years ago 175
Python Question

Extremely long wait time when loading REST resource from angularjs

I'm building a front-end in angular that is accessing a flask/python RESTful API. I'm using AngularJS v1.2.16.

For some reason, it takes an insane amount of time before the REST resource is loaded, with most of the time just waiting. It's my understanding that 'waiting' is measuring the time to first byte - all my services run locally (the frontend, API and database).

Angular, the API and the Mongo DB are all running locally.

Given that the services all run locally, I am at a loss how to debug this. Does anybody have any tips on where to look? I checked all my methods and they run decently fast (under 100ms per REST call). When I use postman, the API returns near-instantly.

Any ideas how to fix the wait, it only seems to be the case when loading the RESTful resource via angular. The angular $http get request is fairly straight forward:

myAppControllers.controller('ManageCtrl', ['$scope', '$http',
function($scope, $http) {
url: '',
method: "GET",
headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/json' },
success(function(data, status, headers, config) {
console.log('login successful');
error(function(data, status, headers, config) {
console.log('login failed');


  • the issue only appears in Google Chrome, regular mode.

  • the GET requests are fast when using incognito mode.

Answer Source

I've run into the same issue (Angular frontend running in Chrome and Flask backend). After trying both Angular 1.2.x and 1.3.x, and a billion other permutations, the only "solution" I've found is to run the Flask backend with the Tornado web server ( Other WSGI containers may work, but this is the one I tested.

In your Flask application, paste the following:

from tornado.wsgi import WSGIContainer
from tornado.httpserver import HTTPServer
from tornado.ioloop import IOLoop

if __name__ == '__main__':
  http_server = HTTPServer(WSGIContainer(app))

You can start your web server by typing:

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