An easy to use wrapper for the FastRoute package

v0.3.0 2016-06-15 11:13 UTC

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This easy to use router is a simple wrapper for the FastRoute library.

By AndrewCarterUK (Twitter)


Install using Composer.

composer require andrewcarteruk/simple-route ^0.2

Example Usage

use SimpleRoute\Route;
use SimpleRoute\Router;

$router = Router::fromArray([
    new Route('GET', '/', 'handler1'),
    new Route('GET', '/{page}', 'handler2'),

try {
    $result = $router->match($_SERVER['REQUEST_METHOD'], $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']);

    $handler = $result->getHandler();
    $params = $result->getParams();

    // ...
} catch (SimpleRoute\Exception\NotFoundException $exception) {
    // ...
} catch (SimpleRoute\Exception\MethodNotAllowedException $exception) {
    // ...


The following documentation is derived from the FastRoute documentation.

Routes are defined as an array of SimpleRoute\Route objects that are passed to SimpleRoute\Router::fromArray(array $routes).

SimpleRoute\Route objects require a $method, a $pattern and a $handler:

$route = new Route($method, $pattern, $handler);

The $method is an uppercase HTTP method string for which a certain route should match. It is possible to specify multiple valid methods using an array:

$routes = [
    // This route
    new Route(['GET', 'POST'], '/test', 'handler'),

    // Is equivalent to these two routes together
    new Route('GET', '/test', 'handler'),
    new Route('POST', '/test', 'handler'),

By default the $pattern uses a syntax where {foo} specifies a placeholder with name foo and matching the regex [^/]+. To adjust the pattern the placeholder matches, you can specify a custom pattern by writing {bar:[0-9]+}.

Some examples:

$routes = [
    // Matches /user/42, but not /user/xyz
    new Route('GET', '/user/{id:\d+}', 'handler'),

    // Matches /user/foobar, but not /user/foo/bar
    new Route('GET', '/user/{name}', 'handler'),

    // Matches /user/foo/bar as well
    new Route('GET', '/user/{name:.+}', 'handler'),

Custom patterns for route placeholders cannot use capturing groups. For example {lang:(en|de)} is not a valid placeholder, because () is a capturing group. Instead you can use either {lang:en|de} or {lang:(?:en|de)}.

Furthermore parts of the route enclosed in [...] are considered optional, so that /foo[bar] will match both /foo and /foobar. Optional parts are only supported in a trailing position, not in the middle of a route.

$routes = [
    // This route
    new Route('GET', '/user/{id:\d+}[/{name}]', 'handler'),

    // Is equivalent to these two routes together
    new Route('GET', '/user/{id:\d+}', 'handler'),
    new Route('GET', '/user/{id:\d+}/{name}', 'handler'),

    // This route is NOT valid, because optional parts can only occur at the end
    new Route('GET', '/user[/{id:\d+}]/{name}', 'handler'),

The $handler parameter does not necessarily have to be a callback, it could also be a controller class name or any other kind of data you wish to associate with the route. SimpleRoute only tells you which handler corresponds to your URI, how you interpret it is up to you.


This library is merely a wrapper for FastRoute that aims to provide an easier to use API.

The author of FastRoute is Nikita Popov.