HTTP Routing

Route a URI request to a controller action

[Since 0.5.0]


The Route class represents an HTTP routing.

It was inspirated by the Router of Slim Framework which built on top of the FastRoute component. The idea for the syntax of optional parameters was adopted by Laravel.

All web requests to a Pletfix application will be handled by the HTTP Router. The router will dispatch again the request to a function or controller action.

Defining Routes

You can create the routing table in boot/routes.php. As example, the Pletfix Application Skeleton have two route entries by default:

$route = \Core\Application::route();

$route->get('', 'HomeController@index');

$route->get('test', function() {


As you can see in the example above, you get an instance of the HTTP Route directly from the Application:

$route = \Core\Application::route();

Route Handlers

The most basic Pletfix routes simply accept a URI and a Closure:

$route->get('foo', function () {
    return 'Hello World';

You can also route the request to a controller action:

$route->get('', 'HomeController@index');

The member function index of \App\Controllers\HomeController will receive the root request in the example above:

class HomeController extends Controller
    public function index()
        return 'Hello World';

You only need to specify the portion of the namespace that comes after the base \App\Controllers namespace.
So, if your controller class is App\Controllers\Admin\UserController, you should register routes to the controller like this:

  $route->get('users/{id}', 'Admin\UserController@show');

HTTP Methods

The router allows you to register routes that respond to any HTTP verb:

$route->get($uri, $callback);
$route->head($uri, $callback);
$route->post($uri, $callback);
$route->put($uri, $callback);
$route->patch($uri, $callback);
$route->delete($uri, $callback);
$route->options($uri, $callback);

Sometimes you may need to register a route that responds to multiple HTTP verbs. You may do so using the multi method.

$route->multi(['GET', 'POST'], 'foo', function () {

Or, you may even register a route that responds to all HTTP verbs ('GET', 'HEAD', 'POST', 'PUT', 'PATCH', 'DELETE') using the any method:

$route->any('foo', function () {

If you wish to route a resource to a CRUD controller, you could use the resourcefunction:

 $route->resource('photos', 'PhotoController');

The example above will define the follwing route entries:

HTTP Method Path Action Route Name Used for
GET /photos index photos.index Display a list of all photos.
GET /photos/create create photos.create Return an HTML form for creating a new photo.
POST /photos store Store a new photo.
GET /photos/{id} show Display a specific photo.
GET /photos/{id}/edit edit photos.edit Return an HTML form for editing a photo.
PUT/PATCH /photos/{id} update photos.update Update a specific photo.
DELETE /photos/{id} destroy photos.destroy Delete a specific photo.

What is the HTTP OPTIONS method?

To quote the spec: "This method allows the client to determine the options and/or requirements associated with a resource, or the capabilities of a server, without implying a resource action or initiating a resource retrieval." (HTTP RFC 2616 Specification, 9.2).

Minimally, the response should be a 200 OK and have an Allow header with a list of HTTP methods that may be used on this resource. As an authorized user on an API, if you were to request OPTIONS /users/me, you should receive something like:

200 OK

Source: by Zac Stewart

A Note on HTTP HEAD method

To quote the spec ones more:

To avoid forcing users to manually register HEAD routes for each resource we fallback to matching an available GET route for a given resource. If you wish - for whatever reason - to define a route explicitly for the HEAD method, define this after the GET route to override the default.

Route Parameters

Required Parameters

You may capture segments of the URI within your route by defining route parameters:

$route->get('user/{id}', function ($id) {
    return 'User '.$id;

You may define as many route parameters as required by your route:

$route->get('posts/{post}/comments/{comment}', function ($postId, $commentId) {

Route parameters are always encased within {} braces and should consist of alphanumeric characters, minus (-), dot (.) and underscore (_).

Optional Parameters

Not implemented yet! - Planned release: 0.9.6

To make a segment optional, simply add a ? mark after the parameter name:

$route->get('users/{id?}', function ($id = null) {
    // responds to both `/users` and `/users/123`, but not to `/users/`

Possible alternative solution 2 - I'm still not sure which solution I'll choose.

To make a segment optional, simply wrap in square brackets:

$route->get('users[/{id}]', function ($id = null) {
    // responds to both `/users` and `/users/123`, but not to `/users/`

Multiple optional parameters are supported by nesting:

$route->get('news[/{year}[/{month}]]', function ($year = null, $month = null) {
    // reponds to `/news`, `/news/2016` and `/news/2016/03`

Optional parts are only supported in a trailing position, not in the middle of a route. As example this route is NOT valid:

$route->get('user[/{id:\d+}]/{name}', $callback);

Named Routes

Not implemented yet! - Planned in future.

Application routes can be assigned a name. This is useful if you want to programmatically generate a URL to a specific route.

Each routing method described above returns a Route object, and this object exposes a setName() method.

$route->get('hello/{name}', function ($greeting) {
    echo "Hello, " . $greeting;

You can generate a URL for this named route with the route() helper function.

echo route('hello', ['greeting' => 'Josh']);

// Outputs "/hello/Josh"


The prefix method may be used to prefix each route in a group with a given URI. For example, you may want to prefix all route URIs within the group with admin:

$route->prefix('admin', function (Route $route) {
    $route->get('users', function () {
        // Matches the "/admin/users" URL

If you omit the closure of the prefix method, the prefix is used by all the routes defined below:


// Prefix each route...
$route->get('users', 'UserController@index'); // matches "/admin/users" URL


Read here to learn what middleware is and to learn how to write your own middleware.

You can attach middleware to any route. You may set the class name of the middleware at the third argument. The example below adds the middleware App\Middleware\Authentication to the base route:

$route->get('', function (Route $route) {
    // Uses Auth Middleware
}, 'Auth');

You only need to specify the portion of the namespace that comes after \App\Middleware or \Core\Middleware So, if your Middleware class is App\Middleware\Admin\IsAdmin, you could set the middleware like this:

  $route->get('users/{id}', 'Admin\UserController@show', 'Admin\IsAdmin');

It's also possible to specify more as one middleware:

$route->get('books/edit/{id}', 'BookController@edit', ['Auth', 'Csrf']);

To set the middleware for one or more routes, you may use the middleware method:

$route->middleware('Auth', function (Route $route) {
    $route->get('', function ()    {
        // Uses Auth Middleware

    $route->get('user/profile', function () {
        // Uses Auth Middleware

If you omit the closure of the middleware method, the middleware is used by all the routes defined below:


// Uses Auth Middleware...
$route->get('users/{id}', 'Admin\UserController@show');   

You may also add arguments to the middleware separated by a colon like this:

$route->get('users/{id}', 'Admin\UserController@show', 'Role:admin');

Other arguments are separated by comma:

$route->get('users/{id}', 'Admin\UserController@show', 'WhatEver:bar,foo');

Route Caching

Not implemented yet! - Planned release: 0.8.6

It’s possible to enable router cache in the config/app.php configuration file:

'router_cache' => true,

The default ist false.

Note that Closure based routes cannot be cached. To use route caching, you must convert any Closure routes to controller classes!

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