Having routes return full web pages as strings is not a realistic way to build our site. Containing our HTML in files is the standard and more organized approach to structuring our web app.

To work with files, which we will call templates, we use the Flask function render_template(). Used in the return statement, this function takes a template file name as an argument and returns the content to send to the client. It uses the Jinja2 template engine to generate HTML using the template file as blueprint.

return render_template("my_template.html")

To use render_template() in our routes we need to import it from the flask. A simple app with an index route would look like this.

from flask import Flask, render_template app = Flask(__name__) @app.route("/") def index(): return render_template("index.html")

Inside the application directory render_template() looks for templates inside a directory called templates. All template files should be kept inside this directory. To view the application file structure in this exercise click the folder icon in the top left corner of the code editor.



First thing to do is familiarize yourself with the directory structure. You can open the file picker by clicking the folder icon on the top left of the code editor.

Inside the templates directory open index.html. You’ll notice the HTML from the previous exercise is now in the file. Run the code when you’re ready.


In the index route replace the empty string with render_template() to generate HTML from the index.html template.


Along with index.html there is a recipe template called fried_egg.html. In the recipe route’s return statement replace the empty string with render_template() to generate the HTML from fried_egg.html.

When you run the code you can navigate the site between the 2 routes. The index HTML is the same as in the previous exercise except the HTML is contained in a file. The data in fried_egg.html has been hard coded in the file for this exercise.

Move on to the next exercise to see how we can start using variables to bring our data dynamically to our files.

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