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Wegweiser {m}, Wegweiser {pl}:

  • signpost; direction sign; guide sign [Am.]
  • (figurative) guide [e.g. a book]
  • a router for Quinn, powered by routington and footnote.


npm install --save wegweiser


import { createRouter, GET, PUT } from 'wegweiser';

const simpleHandler = GET('/my/scope')(req => {
  return respond().body('ok');

class PretendingItsJava {
  async updateProfile(req, { username }) {
    const data = await readJson(req);
    return respond.json({ ok: true, firstName: data.firstName });

const objectOrInstance {
  getObject(req, { op }) { return respond.json({ op }); }

const router = // router is a quinn handler: request => response
  createRouter(simpleHandler, PretendingItsJava, objectOrInstance);

For decorators, you'll need babel with --stage 1.



This is also the default export.

Each argument to this function should be an annotated function, a class with annotated methods, or an object with annoated methods. Both for objects and classes the prototype chain will be scanned. Routes have to be unambiguous. If the same method and path combination is configured twice, creating the router will fail.

The result is a router; a function of form request => result.

The request is expected to have two properties:

  • method: String: An HTTP method, e.g. 'GET'.
  • url: String: A url path, e.g. '/foo?a=b'.

If one of the routes matches, the router will call the route handler with two arguments: the request (just passed through) and params. params is an object containing the path parameters.

createRouter(f)({ method: 'GET', 'url': '/users/robin' });
// Calls `f` with `(request, { id: 'robin' })`.

The return value of the router is whatever the route handler returns, no changes or assumptions are made by wegweiser itself. If no route matches, the router will return undefined.


Can be used to retrieve the function that would be called for a given request. It returns either undefined (if no route matches the request) or an object with the following properties:

  • params: The route parameters.
  • handler: The request handler, ready to be called with req and params.

For class method routes, the handler will have two properties itself:

  • ctor: The constructor of the class.
  • key: The property key of the method to call on the instance.
class MyResource {
  constructor(db) { this.db = db; }

  getById(req, {id}) { return this.db.getById(id); }
const router = createRouter(MyResource);

const req = { method: 'GET', url: '/my/foo' };
const {params, handler} = router.resolve(req);
const instance = someDIContainer.construct(handler.ctor);
return instance[handler.key](req, params);

Route(method: String, path: String)

A footnote annotation decorator that adds metadata to functions or methods to turn them into valid arguments for createRouter.

The return value is a decorator function that supports two different call styles:

  • Route('GET', '/')(f: Function): Annotates a function.
  • Route('GET', '/')(prototype, propertyKey, propertyDescriptor): Annotates a method.

When a method is annotated, the constructor of the class is tracked. Whenever the route is matched, a new instance of the class will be created and the method will be called on that instance. The arguments the router passes into functions and methods are the same (see `createRouter above).

GET(path: String) / POST(path) / ...

Route partially applied with an HTTP verb. Unless you need to support some very exotic HTTP verbs, you'll use these instead of Route directly.

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