A PHP router that helps you create webapps and APIs effortlessly

v1.2 2014-06-07 21:24 UTC

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Last update: 2024-07-06 15:09:44 UTC



A minimal router for your php webapps and APIs that effortlessly links all your project. Its fast and to the point.


  • RESTful routing
  • Wildcards for your limitless creativity
  • Named routes to help you create links easily
  • Self documented, speaks its own legacy
  • Before and after routes function support
  • Tested with PHP >5.3

HHVM Version

HHVM version of Link can be found at . Thanks to Andy Hawkins for creating it.



For install from composer just add the following line to your project's composer.json file

	"require" : {
    	"link/link" : "dev-master"

Then run php composer.phar install


Run git clone in your project's home directory and include it using



Simple Routing

Routing is too simple with Link, following example supports it:


function routeMe(){
	echo 'I am routed';

Link::all( array(
	'/' => 'routeMe'

Named Routing

In Link routes can be named and then further used generatings links in a simple and elegant way.


function nameMe(){
	echo 'I am named';

Link::all( array(
	'/named' => ['nameMe', 'Its my name']

Names to routes must be given as second argument in array while the first being the route handler.


These named routes can be used in creating in hassle free links.

	<a href="<?php echo Link::route('Its my name') ?>">Go to named route</a>

Routing with classes

Link can handle classes as Route handler easily, but remember non-static class will be handled RESTfully.


$routes = array(
	'/' => 'IndexController::getMeHome', //Static function
    '/home' => 'HomeController', //RESTful class
    '/office' => 'OfficeController'


RESTful routing

RESTful routing is a breeze for Link.


class HomeController
    function get(){
    	echo 'You have got to home :)';
    function post(){
    	echo 'You have posted to home';
    function put(){
    	echo 'You have put to home';
    function delete(){
    	echo 'You have deleted the home :(';

Link::all( array (
	'/' => ['HomeController', 'HomeRoute']


Link supports numbers, string and alphanumeric wildcards which can be used as {i} {s} {a} respectively and of course it can render regex also. Example will clear away your doubts

$routes = array(
	'/' => 'IndexController',
    '/{i}' => 'IndexController',
    //Parameter in place of {i} will be passed to IndexController
	'/posts/{a}/{i}/{s}' => 'PostsController'


Supplimentary Handlers

Universal Extra Handlers

Through Link, universal before and after handlers can be added, such that these are executed always before any route is routed. This can be done as follows:

function universalBeforeHandler( $id ) {
    echo 'Hello I occured before with ' . $id . '\n';

function universalAfterHandler( $id ) {
    if( $id )
        echo 'Hello I occured after with ' . $id;
        echo 'I simply occured after';

function main(){
    echo 'I simply occured\n'

Link::before( 'universalBeforeHandler', ['12'] ); //If you want to pass parameters to them, pass them as arrays
Link::before( 'universalBeforeHandler'); //else don't even pass them

Link::all( array(
    '/' => 'main'

Now go to '/' in your browser to find:

Hello I occured before with 12

I simply occured

I simply occured after.

Single Route

You can add a before (middle) handler to a specific route, just pass the before handler to routes array as third parameters. The wildcards extracted from route will be passed to to before handler and if it return some array, this array will be passed further to main handler but if not the original extracted wildcards would be passed away. Make sure you return an array from before handler.

function beforeHandler( $name ) {
    return [ $name . ' Link' ];

function mainHandler( $name ){
    echo $name;

    '/{s}' => ['mainHandler', 'Main', 'beforHandler']

Go to '/aps' in browser, you will get aps Link.

Passing Parameters to Named Routes

You can pass parameters to named routes if the have wildcards in the route path, this will thus generate dynamic links through a single named route.


function nameMe( $i, $s ){
	echo 'I am named and I have been passed ' . $i . $s ;

Link::all( array(
	'/named/{i}/{s}' => ['nameMe', 'Its my name']

Now generate a link through Link

echo Link::route( 'Its my name', array(1, 'Me') );

This in turn will generate YOUR_DOMAIN/named/1/Me.

404 Errors

You should probably add a 404 handler to your routes array, rest Link will take care of handling routes that are not found. In case, Link doesn't find a 404 route defined, it will just send a 404 header.

Server Configuration


You should add the following code snippet in your Apache HTTP server VHost configuration or .htaccess file.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteCond $1 !^(index\.php)
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php/$1 [L]

Alternatively, in a version of Apache greater than 2.2.15, then you can use this:

FallbackResource /index.php


If you are planning to use non-Restful method and non-static classes, then use them as follows:

class HelloHandler 
    public function home(){
        echo 'Hello home';

$helloObject = new HelloHandler();

Link::all( array(
    '/' => array( $helloObejct, 'home' )

So you need to pass such functions as array( $object, 'functionName' )


Thanks to all people below for contributing to Link.

  • @jedmiry
  • @pborelli


Link is available under MIT license, so feel free to contribute and modify it as you like. Free software, Yeah!