A helper function to assign controller actions to routes in express

This is a helper function to assign controller actions to routes in express (Not sure if it works with connect as well).

It provides just a tiny bit of structure on top of a normal express app, but also doesn't get in the way at all, and you can continue to use express normally and define even more routes manually if you wish.

In your express project install express-route-controller:

npm install express-route-controller

Now create a folder where you want all your controllers, eg. controllers, and add a file in there, named mycontroller.js. Then define it somehow, like so:

module.exports = {
    myactionfunction(reqres) {
    myotheractionfunction(reqres) {

In your main app.js file (or wherever you set up express routes normally) simply call the helper function (very sparse demo express app):

var express = require('express');
var app = express();
var erc = require('express-route-controller');
// set up express route control: 
erc(app, {
    controllers: __dirname + '/controllers',
    routes: {
        '/fetch_hotdogs': 'mycontroller#myaction',
        '/save_hotdogs': { action: 'mycontroller#myotheraction', method: 'post' }

You can make this even more easier, by defining your routes in a routes.json file, like so:

    "/fetch_hotdogs": "mycontroller#myaction",
    "/save_hotdogs": { "action": "mycontroller#myotheraction", "method": "post" }

And loading the routes is as simple as:

erc(app, {
    controllers: __dirname + '/controllers',
    routes: require('routes.json')

Pull requests, feature ideas and bug reports are welcome

  • Figuring out a way to deal with middleware, for non-gloabl type of middleware
  • It would be nice to figure out a way to add unit tests
  • Possibly there should be an easy mode for everybody who wants to use the defaults. Either that or having the basepath as a spearate variable and including a routes.json file if the routes argument passed is a string rather than an object
  • It would be nice to have a command line utility to genearte the controllers. Possibly with a res.send('name of action'); in the function body