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Routing and navigation solution
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Universal Router

A simple middleware-style router that can be used in both client-side (e.g. React, Vue.js) and server-side applications (e.g. Node.js/Express, Koa).


✓ It has simple code with only single path-to-regexp dependency
✓ It can be used with any JavaScript framework such as React, Vue.js etc
✓ It uses the same middleware approach used in Express and Koa, making it easy to learn
✓ It supports both imperative and declarative routing style
✓ Routes are plain JavaScript objects with which you can interact as you like


Using npm:

$ npm install universal-router --save

Or using a CDN like with the following script tag:

<script src=""></script>

How does it look like?

import UniversalRouter from 'universal-router';

const routes = [
    path: '', // optional
    action: () => `<h1>Home</h1>`,
    path: '/posts',
    action: () => console.log('checking child routes for /posts'),
    children: [
        path: '', // optional, matches both "/posts" and "/posts/"
        action: () => `<h1>Posts</h1>`,
        path: '/:id',
        action: (context) => `<h1>Post #${}</h1>`,

const router = new UniversalRouter(routes);

router.resolve('/posts').then(html => {
  document.body.innerHTML = html; // renders: <h1>Posts</h1>

Play with an example on JSFiddle, CodePen, JS Bin in your browser or try RunKit node.js playground.


Browser Support

Universal Router supports all popular browsers, including Internet Explorer 9 and above with polyfills such as es6-shim for Map, Promise and Object.assign that must be included before any other code.

For compatibility with older browsers you may also need to include polyfills for Array.isArray and Object.create.

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