give names to your api endpoints and easily get their url.

Usage no npm install needed!

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  import apiRouteName from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/api-route-name';


Api Route Name

give names to your api endpoints and easily get their url.


npm install api-route-name


  • not having to remember the full path to your api endpoints
  • easily modify the url/arguments without changing a lot of code
  • readability/data independence: your routes will be defined in their own file not in ajax calls


declare an array of routes as so:

const routes = [
    prefix: '/api/v1',
    routes: [
        name: 'auth',
        prefix: 'auth',
        resources: { signup: 'signup', login: 'login', user: 'user/:id' },
        name: 'users',
        prefix: 'users',
        resources: {
          get: ':id',

import the class:

const ApiRouteName = require('api-route-name').default;
import ApiRouteName from 'api-route-name

initialize an ApiRouteName object with the route array you declared.

const route = new ApiRouteName(routes)

get your urls with the get method

const signup = route.get('auth.signup');
//signup = "/api/v1/signup"
const user = route.get('user', { id: 10 });
//user =  "/api/v1/user/10"

Urls and Names

the prefix attribute specifies a prefix for all the routes in the routes array and it's children.

any object with a prefix should have a name attribute but it's not required.

every routes can have a nested routes, in that case it should have a prefix and a name.

to specify the bottom-level routes you need to declare a resources object inside one of the objects in a routes array

a route in a route object like

    prefix: "prefix1",
    name: "name1"
    routes: [{
        prefix: "prefix2",
        name: "name2"
        routes: [{
            prefix: "prefix3",
            name: "name3"
            resources: {
                routeName: "routeURL"

will have the name name1.name2.name3.routeName and a path of prefix1/prefix2/prefix3/routeURL

the name of the resource is taken from the attribute name.


api-route-name uses the url-pattern library for it's pattern matching so consider reading it's docs.

you can add arguments to your urls by adding a colon ":" before the argument name. for example you want to get the posts for a specific user you would do the following:


then to retrieve the posts for user with id 21 you pass an object with attributes matching your arguments.

const posts = route.get('userPost', { id: 21 });
//posts =  "{prefix you specified}/user/21/posts"

you can add multiple arguments blogsByDate : "users/:name/blogposts/:date"

and get the url with routeNames(routes,'blogsByDate',{name:"John Doe",date:"2019-1-2"})

Recommended Usage

I recommend putting your routes in a separate module, creating a function that returns the value from calling routeNames with your routes object and exporting that function as default.

//filename: api-routes.js
import ApiRouteName from 'api-route-name';

const routes = [
    //specify your routes here

export default new ApiRouteName(routes);

then use it in anywhere in your app

//other file
import route from './api-routes';