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    Next.js Routes

    Type safe routing for Next.js

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    What is this? 🧐

    A code generation tool to make next/link and next/router routes type safe with zero runtime overhead. nextjs-routes scans your pages directory and generates a nextjs-routes.d.ts file with type definitions for all your routes.


    🦄 Zero config

    💨 Types only -- zero runtime

    🛠 No more broken links

    🪄 Route autocompletion

    🔗 Supports all Next.js route types: static, dynamic, catch all and optional catch all

    Installation & Usage 📦

    1. Add this package to your project:

      npm install nextjs-routes or yarn add nextjs-routes

    2. Update your next.config.js:

      + const withRoutes = require("nextjs-routes/config")();
      /** @type {import('next').NextConfig} */
      const nextConfig = {
        reactStrictMode: true,
      - module.exports = nextConfig;
      + module.exports = withRoutes(nextConfig);

      File watching will only run in Next.js' development server (eg npx next dev).

    3. Start your next server:

      npx next dev or yarn next dev

    That's it! A nextjs-routes.d.ts file will be generated the first time you start your server. Check this file into version control. next/link and next/router type definitions have been augmented to verify your application's routes. No more broken links, and you get route autocompletion 🙌.

    Whenever your routes change, your nextjs-routes.d.ts file will automatically update.

    Examples 🛠


    Link's href prop is now typed based on your application routes and expects a URL object:

    import Link from "next/link";
    function Home() {
      return (
            pathname: "/foos/[foo]",
            query: { foo: "test" },
          <a>About us</a>
    export default Home;


    useRouter's returned router instance types for push, replace and query are now typed based on your application routes.

    Identical to Link, push and replace now expect a URL object:


    import { useRouter } from "next/link";
    const router = useRouter();
    router.push({ pathname: "/foos/[foo]", query: { foo: "test" } });


    import { useRouter } from "next/link";
    const router = useRouter();
    router.replace({ pathname: "/" });


    import { useRouter } from "next/link";
    // query is typed as a union of all query parameters defined by your application's routes
    const { query } = useRouter();

    By default, query will be typed as the union of all possible query parameters defined by your application routes. If you'd like to narrow the type to fewer routes or a single page, you can supply a type argument:

    import { useRouter } from "next/link";
    // query is now typed as `{ foo: string }`
    const { query } = useRouter<"/foos/[foo]">();


    If you want to use the generated Route type in your code, you can import it from nextjs-routes:

    import type { Route } from "nextjs-routes";


    If you want to use the generated Query for a given Route, you can import it from nextjs-routes:

    import type { RoutedQuery } from "nextjs-routes";

    This is useful as the context type parameter inside getStaticProps and getServerSideProps:

    import type { GetStaticProps } from "next";
    import type { RoutedQuery } from "nextjs-routes";
    export const getStaticProps: GetStaticProps<{}, RoutedQuery<"/foos/[foo]">> = (
    ) => {
      // context.params will include `foo` as a string
      const { foo } = context.params;

    How does this work? 🤔

    nextjs-routes generates types for the pathname and query for every page in your pages directory. The generated types are written to nextjs-routes.d.ts which is automatically referenced by your Next project's tsconfig.json. nextjs-routes.d.ts redefines the types for next/link and next/router and applies the generated route types.

    What if I need a runtime?

    There are some cases where you may want to generate a type safe path from a Route object, such as when fetching from an API route or serving redirects from getServerSideProps. These accept strings instead of the Route object that Link and useRouter accept. Because these do not perform the same string interpolation for dynamic routes, runtime code is required instead of a type only solution.

    For these cases, you can use route from nextjs-routes:


    import { route } from "nextjs-routes";
    fetch(route({ pathname: "/api/foos/[foo]", query: { foo: "foobar" } }));


    import { route } from "nextjs-routes";
    export const getServerSideProps: GetServerSideProps = async (context) => {
      return {
        redirect: {
          destination: route({ pathname: "/foos/[foo]", query: { foo: "foobar" } }),
          permanent: false,


    You can pass the following options to withRoutes in your next.config.js:

    const withRoutes = require("nextjs-routes/config")({
      outDir: "types",
    • outDir: The file path indicating the output directory where the generated route types should be written to (e.g.: "types"). The default is to create the file in the same folder as your next.config.js file.

    Contributing 👫

    PR's and issues welcomed! For more guidance check out

    Licensing 📃

    See the project's MIT License.


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