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    Haunted Router for Haunted 🦇 🎃

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    A client-side router for Haunted.

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    Getting started


    Using npm:

    npm install --save haunted-router


    If using a bundler, Haunted Router can be imported like any other library:

    import { useRoutes, useTitle, navigateTo, replaceTo } from 'haunted-router';

    Haunted Router can also work directly in the browser without using any build tool. Here's an example with unpkg:

    import { useRoutes, useTitle, navigateTo, replaceTo } from 'https://unpkg.com/haunted-router?module';


    Define the routes

    Routes are defined using the useRoutes hook. It takes an object as parameter, along with a fallback value.

    The keys of the object are the paths to be matched, while the values are functions to be executed when the paths are matched. The value returned by the hook is the same as the one returned by the function.


    import { useRoutes } from 'haunted-router';
    // Where using lit-html as an example, but any rendering library compatible with haunted will do
    import { html, nothing } from 'lit-html';
    function App() {
      const routeResult = useRoutes({
        '/': () => html`<x-page-index></x-page-index>`,
        '/about': () => html`<x-page-about></x-page-about>`,
      }, nothing);
      return html`

    Use the URL parameters

    You can get the parameters in of the URL using the useSearchParams hook. This hook takes no parameter, and returns an object containing the search parameters in the search string. All values are strings. Use object decomposition to assign default values.


    function MyShoppingPage() {
      const {
        minPrice = 0,
        maxPrice = Infinity,
      } = useSearchParams();
      return html`
        Active filters:
          ${minPrice != 0
            ? html`
                <li>Minimum price: ${minPrice}</li>
            : ''}
          ${maxPrixe !== Infinity
            ? html`
                <li>Maximum price: ${maxPrice}</li>
            : ''}

    Define the title

    The title of the document can be modified using the useTitle hook. It's only parameter is a string, and it doesn't return anything. The title is brought back to the original when the component is disconnected from the DOM.


    function App() {
      useTitle('My awesome app !');
      return html`
          <h1>My awesome app !</h1>


    There are two ways to navigate using haunted-router:

    • Programatically, using navigateTo(url, state) or replaceTo(url, state). navigateTo creates an entry in the history, whilst replaceTo doesn't.
    • With anchors, using the router-link custom element. Add the replace attribute to prevent creating an history entry.


    import { navigateTo, replaceTo } from 'haunted-router';
    navigateTo('/url/to/destination', { foo: 'bar' });
    // Or
    import { html } from 'lit-html';
    return html`
      <a is="router-link" href="/url/to/destination" .state=${{ foo: 'bar' }}></a>
      <a is="router-link" href="/url/to/second-tab" replace></a>

    state can be of any type and is optional.

    ⚠️ As custom built-in elements have poor browser support, the router-link custom built-in element is not automatically loaded. The behavior can however be polyfilled (see Browser Support). To use it, import haunted-router/lib/router-link.js once.


    You can use the router-redirect custom element to redirect the user to a URL. Add the replace attribute to prevent creating an entry in the history.


    import { html } from 'lit-html';
    return html`
      <router-redirect url="/url/to/destination" />
      <router-redirect url="/new/replaced/url" replace />

    ⚠️ The router-redirect custom element is optional. To use it, import haunted-router/lib/router-redirect.js once.

    Complete example


    import { component } from 'haunted';
    import { useRoutes, useTitle } from 'haunted-router';
    // A reminder that all libraries supported by haunted can be used
    import { html, nothing } from 'lit-html';
    import { mainRoutes } from './router.js';
    const MyApp = () => {
      const routeResult = useRoutes(mainRoutes, nothing);
      return html`
        <header>My Awesome App</header>
        <footer>&copy; Haunted Router</footer>


    const mainRoutes = {
      // A plain url
      // Every top level URL must begin with a slash
      '/': () => html`<x-page-home></x-page-home>`,
      // An URL with parameters
      '/product/:id': ({ id }) => html`<x-page-product .id=${id}></x-page-product>`,
      // Dynamically import the component
      '/about': () => {
        // No need to wait for the result, the component will appear once loaded
        return html`<x-page-about></x-page-about>`;
      // Putting a star at the end will match all the URLs that starts with the string
      // It can be used to match subroutes
      '/account*': () => html`<x-page-account></x-page-account>`,
    const accountRoutes = {
      '/detail': () => html`<x-tab-detail></x-tab-detail>`,
      '/password': () => html`<x-tab-password></x-tab-password>`,
    export { mainRoutes, accountRoutes };


    import { component } from 'haunted';
    import { useRoutes } from 'haunted-router';
    import { html, nothing } from 'lit-html';
    import { accountRoutes } from './router.js';
    const PageAccount = () => {
      useTitle('My Account');
      const tabResult = useRoutes(accountRoutes, nothing);
      return html`
    customElements.define('x-page-account', component(PageAccount));

    Browser support

    See Haunted's browser support for required polyfills in the README of the repository.

    Haunted Router supports all browsers that support custom built-in elements.

    ⚠️ Safari and Edge <= 18 do not support these, but the behavior can be polyfilled, for example, using the lightweight @ungap/custom-elements-builtin.

    If you choose not to use the router-link custom built-in element, the browser support is the same as Haunted.


    The router merely executes the function that corresponds to the current route, and returns the result. It can be used to execute anything you want when the user navigates.


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