URL’s and routes are defined in the conf/routes file and have three columns as example below:

[METHOD] [URL Pattern] [Controller.Action]
GET      /              MySite.Welcome

conf example

# Higher priority routes first

module:jobs  # Importing jobs includes all the routes from the module

## main routes
GET    /                      App.Home # A simple path

GET    /contact               App.Contact  # contact page
#GET    /contact/              App.Contact  # unnecessary as (optional trailing slash is above)

GET    /login                 App.Login

GET    /hotels/               Hotels.Index           # Match /hotels and /hotels/ 
GET    /hotels/:id            Hotels.Show            # Extract a URI argument
WS     /hotels/:id/feed       Hotels.Feed            # WebSockets.
POST   /hotels/:id/:action    Hotels.:action         # Automatically route some actions.

## Static files. Map /app/public resources under /public/...
GET    /public/*filepath      Static.Serve("public") 

## Developer Stuff
# Prefix all routes in the testrunner module with /debug/
*      /debug/                module:testrunner 

## Finally
# Catch all and Automatic URL generation
*      /:controller/:action   :controller.:action

Let’s go through the lines one at a time and by the end, we’ll see how to accomplish reverse routing i.e generating the URL to invoke a particular action.

A Fixed Path

GET    /login                 App.Login
GET    /about                 App.About

The routes above use an ‘exact match’ of HTTP method and path and invoke the Login and About action on the App controller.

Trailing slashes/

GET    /hotels/               Hotels.Index
  • This route invokes Hotels.Index for both /hotels and /hotels/
  • The reverse route to Hotels.Index will include the trailing slash/

Trailing slashes should not be used to differentiate between actions. The simple path /login will be matched by a request to /login/.

URL :parameters

GET    /hotels/:id            Hotels.Show
  • Segments of the path may be matched and extracted with a : prefix.
  • The :id variable above will match anything except a slash. For example, /hotels/123 and /hotels/abc would both be matched by the route above.
  • Extracted parameters are available in both the

For example:

func (c Hotels) Show(id int) revel.Result {


func (c Hotels) Show() revel.Result {
    var id string = c.Params.Get("id")


func (c Hotels) Show() revel.Result {
    var id int
    c.Params.Bind(&id, "id")

Star *parameters

GET    /public/*filepath            Static.Serve("public")

The starred parameter must be the first element in the path, and match all remaining path elements.

For example, in the case above it will match any path beginning with /public/, and its value will be the path substring that follows the * prefix.

Fixed Parameters

As also demonstrated in Static Serving below, routes may specify one or more parameters to the action. For example:

GET    /products/:id     ShowList("PRODUCT")
GET    /menus/:id        ShowList("MENU")

The provided argument(s) are bound to a parameter name using their position. In this case, the list type string would be bound to the name of the first action parameter.

This is helpful in situations where:

  • you have a couple similar actions
  • you have actions that do the same thing, but operate in different modes
  • you have actions that do the same thing, but operate on different data types

Auto Routing

POST   /hotels/:id/:action    Hotels.:action
*      /:controller/:action   :controller.:action

URL argument extraction can also be used to determine the invoked action. Matching to controllers and actions is case insensitive.

The first example route line would effect the following routes:

/hotels/1/show    => Hotels.Show
/hotels/2/details => Hotels.Details

Similarly, the second example may be used to access any action in the application:

/app/login         => App.Login
/users/list        => Users.List

Since matching to controllers and actions is case insensitive, the following routes would also work:

/APP/LOGIN         => App.Login
/Users/List        => Users.List

Using auto-routing as a catch-all (e.g. last route in the file) is useful for quickly hooking up actions to non-vanity URLs, especially in conjunction with the reverse router.

Static Serving

GET    /public/*filepath            Static.Serve("public")
GET    /favicon.ico                 Static.Serve("public","img/favicon.png")
GET    /img/icon.png                Static.Serve("public", "img/icon.png") << space causes error

For serving directories of static assets, Revel provides the static built in module, which contains a single Static controller. Static.Serve action takes two parameters:

  • prefix (string) - A (relative or absolute) path to the asset root.
  • filepath (string) - A relative path that specifies the requested file.
For the two parameters version of Static.Serve, blank spaces are not allowed between " and , due to how encoding/csv works.
Static content can only be served from within the application root for security reasons. To include `external assets` consider symbolic links or a git submodule


Modules which contain routes can be imported into your application in two ways:

In the example below, its assumed mymodule has a routes file containing:

GET      /gopher        MyModule.FetchGopher
POST     /gopher/add    MyModule.AddGopher

1) Importing routes as-is

# mymodule routes 

# Other routes
GET     /        Application.Index
GET     /bar     Application.Bar
  • The routes would be ‘imported’ into your application with the URL’s /gopher and /gopher/add

2) Importing the routes under a prefixed path

# mymodule routes with prefix - Must be defined with an asterisk * for the method
*       /myurl     module:mymodule 
# Other routes
GET     /        Application.MyAction
GET     /foo     Application.FooAction
  • The routes would be imported with the URL’s /myurl/gopher and /myurl/gopher/add.
  • See also Modules and Jobs


WS     /hotels/:id/feed       Hotels.Feed

Websockets are routed the same way as other requests with the ‘method’ identifier of WS.

Reverse Routing

It is good practice to use a reverse router to generate URL’s instead of hardcoding for a few reasons including:

  • Avoids misspellings
  • The compiler ensures that reverse routes have the right number and type of parameters.
  • Localizes URL changes to one place in the ‘conf/routes’ file.

Upon building your application, Revel generates an app/routes package. Use it with a statement of the form:

routes.Controller.Action(param1, param2)

The above statement returns an URL string to Controller.Action with the given parameters.

Limitation: Only primitive parameters to a route are typed due to the possibility of circular imports. Non-primitive parameters are typed as interface{}.

Below is a more complete example:

import (

type App struct { *revel.Controller }

// Show a form
func (c App) ViewForm(username string) revel.Result {
	return c.Render(username)

// Process the submitted form.
func (c App) ProcessForm(username, input string) revel.Result {
	if c.Validation.HasErrors() {
		c.Flash.Error("Form invalid. Try again.")
		return c.Redirect(routes.App.ViewForm(username))  // <--- REVERSE ROUTE
	c.Flash.Success("Form processed!")
	return c.Redirect(routes.App.ViewConfirmation(username, input))  // <--- REVERSE ROUTE
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