Universal monke.js Route

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Universal Next.js Route

Next.js is a fantastic Server-Side-Rendering framework for React, however one of the main issues community has with it is File-System based routing.

Universal Next.js Route strives to fix that by using Route objects for static, dynamic and absoloute paths. This library comes with custom Link, Router and middleware for creating a highly modular routing mechanism.

Full list of features, examples and API docs can be found below.

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$ npm install next-universal-route


$ yarn add next-universal-route

Demo & Examples

Edit next-universal-route-demo

For fully featured demo check CodeSandbox or to get a quick peek take a look at example below.


// routes.js
const { Route } = require('next-universal-route');

const IndexRoute = new Route('/', 'index');
const PostRoute = new Route('/posts/:id/:slug', 'post';)

module.exports = {

// server.js
const express = require('express');
const next = require('next');
const { getRequestHandler } = require('next-universal-route');

const routes = require('./routes');
const app = next({ dev: process.env.NODE_ENV !== 'production' });
const handler = getRequestHandler(app, routes);

app.prepare().then(() => {


// pages/index.js
import { Link } from 'next-universal-route';

import { IndexRoute, PostRoute } from '../routes';

<Link href={IndexRoute.generateUrl()}>

<Link href={PostRoute.generateUrl({ id: 1, slug: 'first-post' })}>

When using a custom server with a server file, for example called server.js, make sure you update the scripts key in package.json to:

  "scripts": {
    "dev": "node server.js",
    "build": "next build",
    "start": "NODE_ENV=production node server.js"


  • Declaration of DRY and concise routes
  • Two-way usage, works on both client and server
  • Absolute, static and dynamic paths (using path-to-regexp)
  • Opt-in routing system (via middleware)
  • Automatic generation of both href and as urls
  • Next.js Router replacement
  • Next.js Link replacement
  • Pass extra params to every page (support for tabs)
  • Custom params and query string formatting
  • Rewrites
  • Redirects


API Docs


Route.constructor(path: string, page?: string, urlFormatter?: Function): Route

Instantiates a Route object to be used throughout the application.

  • To create the route with absolute path, it needs to start with http

    • page can/should be ommited as it won't be used
    • urlFormatter can be ommited as it won't work on absolute paths
  • To create SPA friendly routes you have to pass relative paths.

    • path either be static or dynamic (using path-to-regexp)
    • page is required and it should correspond to page in pages/
      • it's possible to pass extra params using query strings syntax which can be accessed inside your page, but won't be shown to your user
    • urlFormatter is optional and it takes a function which will run on every given parameter when Route.generateUrl is called

Route.generateUrl(params?: object, queryStringParams?: object): NextRoute

Generates a NextRoute object which is used for client-side routing. It will generate both href and as via toHref and toAs methods.

  • If using static routes, Route.generateUrl can be called without any arguments
  • If generating dynamic routes you'll have to pass params and optionally queryStringParams
    • params is the object which corresponds to path-to-regexp params
    • queryStringparams is the object with query string key/values pairs


If not using Universal Next.js Route's Link

NextRoute.toAs(): string

Generates as prop to pass to Next.js's Link Component.

NextRoute.toHref(): string

Generates href prop to pass to Next.js's Link Component.

If not using Universal Next.js Route's Middleware Handler

Route.path: string

Returns path-to-regexp string for given route. string

Returns name of the page for given route.

Route.query: string

Returns an object which contains both params and query strings.



Router.push(href: NextRoute, options?: object)

Wraps Next.js's Router.push.

Router.prefetch(href: NextRoute)

Wraps Next.js's Router.prefetch.

Router.replace(href: NextRoute, options?: object)

Wraps Next.js's Router.replace.

Router.update(href: Route, params: object)

Wraps Next.js's Router.push and updates only passed params.