# Routing

The Routing component is in charge of providing the ability to configure a file system based Router.

# Routing scheme

Routes are defined in a folder-based structure. Tree below shows how a routing directory looks like.

├── articles <- route /articles
│   ├── {id} <- route /articles/{id}
│   │   ├── GET.php
│   │   └── RouteName.php
│   ├── GET.php
│   └── RouteName.php
└── signup <- route /signup
    ├── POST.php
    └── RouteName.php

# Paths

File system folders will reflect HTTP routes, the table below shows how system paths are interpreted as HTTP route paths for the tree above.

Path Name HTTP route HTTP method
/var/routing/articles/ articles /articles GET
/var/routing/articles/{id}/ article-by-id /articles/123 GET
/var/routing/signup/ signup /signup POST

Each folder must define a RouteName.php file and one <methodName>.php for each applicable HTTP method.

Variables in the form of {var} are used to define route parameters known as wildcards.

# Route names

A RouteName.php file must return an object implementing RouteNameInterface and it must be unique.

The /var/routing/articles/{id}/RouteName.php file below name route /articles/{id} as article-by-id.

# /var/routing/articles/{id}/RouteName.php
use Chevere\Components\Routes\RouteName;

return new RouteName('article-by-id');

# HTTP Endpoints

HTTP endpoints are defined by using <methodName>.php naming convention, where <methodName> is the HTTP method name according to RFC 7231 and it must return an object implementing ControllerInterface.


The /var/routing/signup/POST.php file below binds HTTP request POST /signup to SignupController.

# /var/routing/signup/POST.php
use App\Controllers\SignupController;

return new SignupController;

🧙🏾 Method HEAD is automatically added when GET. 👍🏾 It is recommended to create a different controller for each HTTP endpoint. A controller resolving multiple HTTP endpoints is a bad practice.

# Wildcards

Wildcards in a route path like {id} in /articles/{id}, are used to define route parameters which will be automatically configured to reflect the Controller parameters defined for the given route.

Note that controllers in the alleged route must define the same base wildcard parameters.

# Generating Router

The purpose of the routing component is to provide a router implementing RouterInterface. On it's most simple usage, you will parse a directory using the build-in tooling to generate a router.

# RoutingDescriptorsMaker

This component allows to create the routing descriptors, which is the collection of routes interpreted from the file system.

use Chevere\Components\Routing\RoutingDescriptorsMaker;
use function Chevere\Components\Filesystem\dirForString;

$routingDescriptorsMaker = new RoutingDescriptorsMaker(
$routingDescriptors = $routingDescriptorsMaker->descriptors();

# routerForRoutingDescriptors

The function routerForRoutingDescriptors allows to easily generate a router from RoutingDescriptors. In the code below, $router is generated from $routingDescriptors and bound to my-group.

use function Chevere\Components\Routing\routerForRoutingDescriptors;

$router = routerForRoutingDescriptors($routingDescriptors, 'my-group');

# Real example

In the example below, dir routing/ contains sub-routing groups api and web. In this example, routing is being grouped in top folders as group name for better organization.

├── api
│   └── api
│       ├── RouteName.php
│       └── users
│           ├── {id}
│           │   ├── GET.php
│           │   └── RouteName.php
│           └── RouteName.php
└── web
    ├── GET.php
    └── RouteName.php

In the script below, the system iterates over api and web to generate a $routerForGroup for each folder, which is then merged in $router.

Generated router is cached with a simple strategy using the Cache component.

use Chevere\Components\Cache\Cache;
use Chevere\Components\Cache\CacheKey;
use Chevere\Components\Router\Router;
use Chevere\Components\Routing\RoutingDescriptorsMaker;
use Chevere\Components\Spec\SpecMaker;
use Chevere\Components\Spec\SpecPath;
use Chevere\Components\VarExportable\VarExportable;
use function Chevere\Components\Filesystem\dirForString;
use function Chevere\Components\Routing\routerForRoutingDescriptors;

$dir = dirForString(__DIR__ . '/');
$cacheDir = $dir->getChild('cache/');
$routingDir = $dir->getChild('routing/');
$router = new Router;
foreach (['api', 'web'] as $group) {
    $routingDescriptorsMaker = new RoutingDescriptorsMaker(
    $routerForGroup = routerForRoutingDescriptors(
    foreach ($routerForGroup->routables()->getGenerator() as $routable) {
        $router = $router->withAddedRoutable($routable, $group);
(new Cache($cacheDir->getChild('router/')))
        new CacheKey('public'),
        new VarExportable($router->routeCollector())
echo "Cached HTTP router\n";
$publicDir = $dir->getChild('public/');
$specDir = $publicDir->getChild('spec/');
$specMaker = new SpecMaker(new SpecPath('/spec'), $specDir, $router);
echo 'Spec made at ' . $specDir->path()->absolute() . "\n";

In the last lines of the code above the system creates the application Spec at public/spec/ by passing the router. Generated spec index.json looks like this:

    "groups": {
        "api": {
            "name": "api",
            "spec": "\/spec\/api\/routes.json",
            "routes": {
                "api-user-get": {
                    "name": "api-user-get",
                    "spec": "\/spec\/api\/api-user-get\/route.json",
                    "path": "\/api\/users\/{id:\\d+}\/",
                    "regex": "~^(?|\/api\/users\/(\\d+)\/)$~",
                    "wildcards": {
                        "id": "^\\d+$"
                    "endpoints": {
                        "GET": {
                            "method": "GET",
                            "spec": "\/spec\/api\/api-user-get\/GET.json",
                            "description": "Transfer a current representation of the target resource",
                            "parameters": {}
        "web": {
            "name": "web",
            "spec": "\/spec\/web\/routes.json",
            "routes": {
                "web-index": {
                    "name": "web-index",
                    "spec": "\/spec\/web\/web-index\/route.json",
                    "path": "\/",
                    "regex": "#\/#",
                    "wildcards": {},
                    "endpoints": {
                        "GET": {
                            "method": "GET",
                            "spec": "\/spec\/web\/web-index\/GET.json",
                            "description": "Transfer a current representation of the target resource",
                            "parameters": {}