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Next.JS 10 now has automatic href resolution. There are currently no plans on updating this package since the experience of defining routes has been greatly improved by the Next.js team.


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Named route definitions for Next.js 9+ dynamic routes.

  • Easy to use API to simplify routing within your app.
  • Generate URLS automatically from parameters.
  • Prevent errors in your routing with strict validation.

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  1. Install via: yarn add @fuelrats/next-named-routes or npm i @fuelrats/next-named-routes
  2. Structure your pages directory for Next.js dynamic routes.
  3. Create a routes.js file in your project similar to this:
import routes from '@fuelrats/next-named-routes'

// Destructure what you need
const { Link, Router, useRouter, withRouter } = routes()
  .add('about', '/about-us') // define your routes
  .add('profile', '/profile/[tab]')
  .add('cms', '/cms/[...cmsPath]')

// export what you need
export { Link, Router, useRouter, withRouter }
  1. Use <Link /> and Router in your application!

Defining routes in your application

In large applications routes can get long and complex. You can use the .add() function to alias your routes into simple names.

Route definitions are completely optional. You can use a normal href value to refer to your page without issue!

to use .add(), just tag the function onto the end of your routes() call:

const { /* ... */ } = routes()
  .add(name, href)

.add() accepts two arguments:

  • name - The name of your route. This will be used to refer back to the given path. Can be a string or symbol.
  • href - The path inside your pages directory. Identical to href used in next/link and next/router. Also accepts a function.

If successful, it will return the current instance of routes() so you can chain route definitions together.

See Using <Link /> and Using Router below for more details on using defined routes.

Function routes

.add() also accepts a callback for ultimate control over how your route definition behaves. This is good for when you want to process objects into path slugs, or if you want to control what page the route leads to based upon the value of a parameter.

The callback is passed a single parameter:

  • params - object given to <Link /> or Router call

and is expected to return an object with the following properties:

  • href - The path inside your pages directory.
  • as - The path that will be rendered in the browser URL bar.
  • query - object of parameters to be transformed into a query string (optional)
const { /* ... */ } = routes()
.add('forum post', ({ publishDate, slug, ...query }) => {
  const year = publishDate.getUTCFullYear()
  const month = publishDate.getUTCMonth()
  const day = publishDate.getUTCDate()

  return {
    href: '/forum/[year]/[month]/[day]/[slug]',
    as: `/forum/${year}/${month}/${day}/${slug}`,

Another example:

.add('forum list', ({ category, page, ...query }) => {
  let href = '/forum'
  let as = '/forum'

  if (category) {
    href += '/cat/[category]'
    href += `/cat/${category}`

    if (page) {
      href += '/[page]'
      as += `/${page}`

  return { href, as, query }

Using <Link />

The provided <Link /> component is a wrapped next/link which lets you reference defined routes by their names, and generate the final URL via parameters.

  • route - Defined route name or a path in your pages directory.
  • params - Parameters used to generate the URL and query string.
  • All other props of next/link, however href and as are overwritten by route if it's defined.

route as a defined route name

import { Link } from '../routes'

const Nav = () => (
      * Equivalent to:
      * <Link
      *   href="/forums" />
    <Link route="forum list">

      * Equivalent to:
      * <Link
      *   href="/forums/[year]/[month]/[day]/[slug]"
      *   as="/forums/2015/06/01/out-of-fuel-explorer-rescue-service-the-fuel-rats" />
    <Link route="forum post" params={{ year: '2015', month: '06', day: '01', slug: 'out-of-fuel-explorer-rescue-service-the-fuel-rats' }}>
      <a>Forum post</a>

      * Equivalent to:
      * <Link
      *   href="/cms/[...cmsPath]"
      *   as="/cms/legal/terms-of-service" />
    <Link route="cms" params{{ cmsPath: [ 'legal', 'terms-of-service' ] }}>
        <a>Terms of Service</a>

route as a file path

You can also refer to routes not defined in routes.js by using page's path in your pages directory.

      * Equivalent to:
      * <Link
      *   href="/profile/[tab]"
      *   as="/profile/overview" />
    <Link route="/profile/[tab]" params={{ tab: 'overview' }}>
      <a>Your Profile</a>

Handling parameters

The route compiler is smart about what parameters are used by your dynamic routes. for example:

Unused parameters will be passed as a querystring to your page.

      * Equivalent to:
      * <Link
      *   href="/profile/[tab]?welcome=true"
      *   as="/profile/overview?welcome=true" />
    <Link route="/profile/[tab]" params={{ tab: 'overview', welcome: true }}>
      <a>Your Profile</a>

Missing parameters will cause an error.

    {/* ERROR! "tab" is required */}
    <Link route="/profile/[tab]" params={{ welcome: true }}>
      <a>Your Profile</a>

Using Router

The Router object ia a modified next/router with three additional functions.

  • .pushRoute() - wrapped .push()
  • .replaceRoute() - wrapped .replace()
  • .prefetchRoute() - wrapped .prefetch()

All three accept the same parameters and behave like their next/router counterparts

import Router from '../routes'

Router.pushRoute(route, params, options)
  • route - Defined route name or a path in your pages directory.
  • params - Parameters used to generate the URL and query string.
  • options - next/router options object.

route and params arguments accept the same values as the corresponding <Link /> props above.

Providing a Custom Link and Router

You can provide your own Link and Router instances if you wish to extend functionality futher, however there is one major caveat. the Router object MUST be an object which provides both the main Router API object and the useRouter() hook.

Pass Link and Router to routes like the following:

const RouterObj = {
  default: CustomRouter
  useRouter: customRouterHook

const {Link, Router} = routes(CustomLink, RouterObj)

While inconvienent, we require both of these things to be able to provide the wrapped useRouter() hook and withRouter() HoC.

The custom Router is NOT required to pass a custom Link component. One can exist without the other.

Migrating from next-routes

Coming from next-routes? Welcome! While we do not provide the exact same API, it should feel familiar to use.

This library is NOT a simple drop-in replacement for next-routes. Some work is required to transition your route definitions to dynamic route string format, and most advanced regex matches are not possible since next.js does not use path-to-regexp.

  1. Follow the setup as above, making adjustments to your routes.js file as needed.
  2. remove next-routes from your server router. In most cases this just involves removing the next-routes handler wrapper, and the library import itself.
    • If you only implemented a custom server for dynamic routing, chances are you could remove it altogether!
  3. remove next-routes via yarn remove next-routes or npm r -S next-routes

Differences from next-routes

  • Arguments for routes.add() differs significantly from next-routes. For more information see the Configuring routes() section above.
    • name is now required.
    • pattern, which we call href, is a Next.js dynamic route path instead of a path-to-regexp pattern.
    • page, or the path to the page file, is no longer needed as the file system will always reflect the href value.

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