Flask Material Kit - Open-source Template

Open-Source seed project generated by AppSeed in Flask Framework on top of Material Kit design. Sources available on Github under the MIT License.

Flask Material Kit - Open-source Flask Template
Flask Material Kit - Open-source Flask Template 

Hello! This article presents an open-source Flask Template crafted with authentication, database, and Docker support on top of Material Kit Design, a modern and colorful Bootstrap 5 design. The product can be used to code faster a presentation website without much effort or simply for eLearning activities. For newcomers, Flask is a leading framework written in Python used to code simple websites, APIs, or complex eCommerce solutions.  Thanks for reading!

The product can be compiled and started in a local environment using two techniques: Docker setup (faster & easier) or a classic manual build in case Docker is not an option.

Step #1 - Clone/download the sources from Github

$ git clone https://github.com/app-generator/flask-material-kit.git
$ cd flask-material-kit
Flask Material Kit - Clone Sources

Step #2 - Start in Docker

$ docker-compose up --build 
Flask Material Kit - Start in Docker

Once all the above commands are executed, we should be able to access the app in the browser, register new users, and authenticate.

Flask Material Kit - Login Page.
Flask Material Kit - Login Page

Material Kit 2 is built with over 60 frontend individual elements, like buttons, inputs, navbars, nav tabs, cards, or alerts, giving you the freedom of choosing and combining. All components can take variations in color, which you can easily modify using SASS files and classes.

If you want to get inspiration or just show something directly to your clients, you can jump-start your development with our pre-built example pages. You will be able to quickly set up the basic structure for your web project.

Flask Material Kit - User Profile Page.
Flask Material Kit - User Profile Page
Flask Material Kit - Team Section
Flask Material Kit - Team Section
Flask Material Kit - Team Section
Flask Material Kit - About US Page
Flask Material Kit - About US Page
Flask Material Kit - About US Page

✨ Deploy in production

Once the local development is done, we can push the project into the wild and share our work using a public deployment.

Might be a good idea, before going LIVE to enable compression for pages and projects assets (JS, CSS files). This goal can be easily achieved via an open-source Flask module: Flask-Minify.

👉 Step #1 - Add Flask-Minify to the product requirements

Added Flask-Minify as a dependency

👉 Step #2 - Update codebase to enable compression

# Contents of apps/__init__.py
# Import the module
from flask_minify import Minify                     # <-- NEW Line

app = Flask(__name__)

# Inject the module into the Flask APP object
Minify(app=app, html=True, js=True, cssless=True)   # <-- NEW Line 
Flask-Minify - Enable the compression

At this point, the app should serve compressed pages and assets (JSS, CSS).

👉 Step #3 - Execute the Docker set up on the production host

$ docker-compose up --build
// App runs on port -> http://localhost:85
Flask Material Kit - Docker Deployment

👉 Step #4 - Configure webserver to forward requests

Apache and Nginx are super popular webservers we can configure to route the external received from our users to the local port 85 server via Docker.

✨ Apache - Reverse PROXY configuration
<VirtualHost *:*>
    ProxyPreserveHost On

    # Servers to proxy the connection, or;
    # List of application servers:
    # Usage:
    # ProxyPass / http://[IP Addr.]:[port]/
    # ProxyPassReverse / http://[IP Addr.]:[port]/
    # Example:
    ProxyPass /
    ProxyPassReverse /

    ServerName localhost
Apache Reverse PROXY Configuration

✨ Nginx - reverse PROXY configuration
server {
        listen 80;               
        server_name my-site.com;

        location / {
Nginx Reverse PROXY configuration

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