A lightweight JavaScript library that matches paths against registered routes.

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import routeRecognizer from '';


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route-recognizer is a lightweight JavaScript library (under 2k!) that can be used as the recognizer for a more comprehensive router system (such as router.js).

In keeping with the Unix philosophy, it is a modular library that does one thing and does it well.


Create a new router:

var router = new RouteRecognizer();

Add a simple new route description:

router.add([{ path: "/posts", handler: handler }]);

Every route can optionally have a name:

router.add([{ path: "/posts", handler: handler }], { as: "routeName"});

The handler is an opaque object with no specific meaning to route-recognizer. A module using route-recognizer could use functions or other objects with domain-specific semantics for what to do with the handler.

A route description can have handlers at various points along the path:

  { path: "/admin", handler: admin },
  { path: "/posts", handler: posts }

Recognizing a route will return a list of the handlers and their associated parameters:

var result = router.recognize("/admin/posts");
result === [
  { handler: admin, params: {} },
  { handler: posts, params: {} }

Dynamic segments:

  { path: "/posts/:id", handler: posts },
  { path: "/comments", handler: comments }

result = router.recognize("/posts/1/comments");
result === [
  { handler: posts, params: { id: "1" } },
  { handler: comments, params: {} }

A dynamic segment matches any character but /.

Star segments:

router.add([{ path: "/pages/*path", handler: page }]);

result = router.recognize("/pages/hello/world");
result === [{ handler: page, params: { path: "hello/world" } }];


If multiple routes all match a path, route-recognizer will pick the one with the fewest dynamic segments:

router.add([{ path: "/posts/edit", handler: editPost }]);
router.add([{ path: "/posts/:id", handler: showPost }]);
router.add([{ path: "/posts/new", handler: newPost }]);

var result1 = router.recognize("/posts/edit");
result1 === [{ handler: editPost, params: {} }];

var result2 = router.recognize("/posts/1");
result2 === [{ handler: showPost, params: { id: "1" } }];

var result3 = router.recognize("/posts/new");
result3 === [{ handler: newPost, params: {} }];

As you can see, this has the expected result. Explicit static paths match more closely than dynamic paths.

This is also true when comparing star segments and other dynamic segments. The recognizer will prefer fewer star segments and prefer using them for less of the match (and, consequently, using dynamic and static segments for more of the match).

Building / Running Tests

This project uses Ember CLI and Broccoli for building and testing.

Getting Started

Run the following commands to get going:

npm install
bower install

The above assumes that you have bower installed globally (you can install via npm install -g bower if you do not).

Running Tests

Run the following:

npm start

At this point you can navigate to the url specified in the Testem UI (usually http://localhost:7357/). As you change the project the tests will rerun.


npm run build