A router for client-side web applications written in go which compiles to javascript via gopherjs.
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A router for client-side web applications written in pure go which compiles to javascript via gopherjs. Router works great as a stand-alone package or in combination with other Humble packages.

Router supports the following features:

  • Write code in pure go. It feels like go, follows go idioms, and compiles with the go tools.
  • Each route consists of a path and a handler function which is triggered when path matches.
  • Routes can have parameters, which are passed through as an argument to handler functions.
  • Router uses history.pushState and listens to the onpopstate event in browsers that support it. In older browsers it automatically falls back to using a hash.
  • Router can be configured to automatically intercept link click events, triggering the appropriate route instead of requesting a new page.

Browser Support

Router works with IE9+ (with a polyfill for typed arrays) and all other modern browsers. Router compiles to javascript via gopherjs and this is a gopherjs limitation.

Router is regularly tested with the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on Mac OS. Each major or minor release is tested with IE9+ and the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome on Windows.


Install router like you would any other go package:

go get github.com/go-humble/router

You will also need to install gopherjs if you don't already have it. The latest version is recommended. Install gopherjs with:

go get -u github.com/gopherjs/gopherjs

You can compile your application to javascript using the gopherjs build command. Run gopherjs --help to learn more about the gopherjs command-line tool.

Quickstart Guide

Declaring Routes

Declaring routes works similarly to other routing packages in go. Here's an example:

// Create a new Router object
r := router.New()
// Use HandleFunc to add routes.
r.HandleFunc("/people", indexPeople)
r.HandleFunc("/people/{id}", showPerson)
// You must call Start in order to start listening for changes
// in the url and trigger the appropriate handler function.

The second argument to HandleFunc should be a router.Handler, which has the following definition:

type Handler func(context *Context)

And the Context type is defined as follows:

type Context struct {
	// Params is the parameters from the url as a map of names to values.
	Params map[string]string
	// Path is the path that triggered this particular route. If the hash
	// fallback is being used, the value of path does not include the '#'
	// symbol.
	Path string
	// InitialLoad is true iff this route was triggered during the initial
	// page load. I.e. it is true if this is the first path that the browser
	// was visiting when the javascript finished loading.
	InitialLoad bool

Accessing Parameters

Parameters are accessed via context.Params. If we have a route defined like this:

r.HandleFunc("/people/{id}", showPerson)

And the path /people/123 is triggered, then the parameters passed into the showPerson function would look like the following:

context.Params = map[string]string{
	"id": "123",

In our showPerson function, we could access the id parameter like so:

func showPerson(context *router.Context) {
	id := context.Params["id"]
	// ...

A path can have any number of parameters, but each parameter must be defined inside slashes. So a path like people/{id}/{action} is supported, but people/{id}?action={action} is not. This may change in the future.

Navigating Manually

You can trigger a route manually with the Navigate method:

// Triger the route corresponding to "people/{id}"

Arguments to Navigate should never contain the hash symbol. The router package will detect support for history.pushState and automatically fallback to using hashes if it is not supported.

You can also call the Back function to navigate back to the previous page.

Intercepting Link Clicks

A router.Router can be configured to intercept link click events and trigger the appropriate route with the InterceptLinks method. When called, the router finds links of the form <a href="/foo"></a> and calls router.Navigate("/foo") instead, which triggers the appropriate Handler instead of requesting a new page from the server. Since InterceptLinks works by setting event listeners in the DOM, you must call this function whenever the DOM is changed.

Alternatively, you can set router.ShouldInterceptLinks to true, which will trigger the InterceptLinks method whenever Start, Navigate, or Back are called, or when the onpopstate event is triggered. Even with ShouldInterceptLinks set to true, you may still need to call InterceptLinks if you change the DOM manually.


Router uses three different types of tests.

Regular Go Tests

Router can be tested like any other go package by running go test . in the root directory. These tests make sure that path matching functions work correctly and that parameters are passed through to handler functions, so they don't require access to a browser.

Gopherjs Tests

If you have node.js installed, router can also be tested with gopherjs by running gopherjs test github.com/go-humble/router. The gopherjs test command compiles the same tests as above into javascript and runs them with node.js. These tests make sure that we haven't broken compatibility with gopherjs and that the code still runs properly when it is compiled to javascript.

Browser Tests

The third type of tests use the karma test runner to test the code running in actual browsers. It makes sure that router is able to respond to events and work correctly with the browser history.

The browser tests require additional dependencies:

Don't forget to also install the karma command line tools with npm install -g karma-cli.

You will also need to install a launcher for each browser you want to test with, as well as the browsers themselves. Typically you install a karma launcher with npm install -g karma-chrome-launcher. You can edit the config file at karma/test-mac.conf.js or create a new one (e.g. karma/test-windows.conf.js) if you want to change the browsers that are tested on.

Once you have installed all the dependencies, start karma with karma start karma/test-mac.conf.js (or your customized config file, if applicable). Once karma is running, you can keep it running in between tests.

Next you need to compile the test.go file to javascript so it can run in the browsers:

gopherjs build karma/go/router_test.go -o karma/js/router_test.js

Finally run the tests with karma run karma/test-mac.conf.js (changing the name of the config file if needed).

If you are on a unix-like operating system, you can recompile and run the tests in one go by running the provided bash script: ./karma/test.sh.




Router is licensed under the MIT License. See the LICENSE file for more information.