Manual:Entry point routing

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MediaWiki version: 1.19

The PathRouter class can take patterns such as /wiki/$1 and use them to parse query parameters out of REQUEST_URI paths. The WebRequestPathInfoRouter hook can be used to add rules to the path router instance used by WebRequest to handle short ruls.


Matches /wiki/Foo style urls and extracts the title
$router->add( "/wiki/$1" );
Matches /edit/Foo style urls and sets action=edit
$router->add( array( 'edit' => "/edit/$1" ), array( 'action' => '$key' ) );
Matches /zh-hant/Foo or /zh-hans/Foo
$router->add( '/$2/$1',
  array( 'variant' => '$2' ),
  array( '$2' => array( 'zh-hant', 'zh-hans' )
Matches /foo/Bar explicitly and uses "Baz" as the title
$router->addStrict( "/foo/Bar", array( 'title' => 'Baz' ) );
Matches /help/Foo with "Help:Foo" as the title
$router->add( '/help/$1', array( 'title' => 'Help:$1' ) );
Matches /Foo and sets 'foo' to 'bar$2' without $2 being replaced
$router->add( '/$1', array( 'foo' => array( 'value' => 'bar$2' ) );
Matches /Foo, adds the key 'foo' with the value 'bar' to the data array and calls functionname( &$matches, $data );
$router->add( '/$1', array( 'data:foo' => 'bar' ), array( 'callback' => 'functionname' ) );

Path patterns[edit]

  • Paths may contain $# patterns such as $1, $2, etc...
  • $1 will match 0 or more while the rest will match 1 or more
  • Unless you use addStrict "/wiki" and "/wiki/" will be expanded to "/wiki/$1"


  • In a pattern $1, $2, etc... will be replaced with the relevant contents
  • If you used a keyed array as a path pattern, $key will be replaced with the relevant contents
  • The default behavior is equivalent to array( 'title' => '$1' ) - if you don't want the title parameter you can explicitly use array( 'title' => false )
  • You can specify a value that won't have replacements in it using 'foo' => array( 'value' => 'bar' );


  • The option keys $1, $2, etc... can be specified to restrict the possible values of that variable. A string can be used for a single value, or an array for multiple.
  • When the option key 'strict' is set (Using addStrict is simpler than doing this directly) the path won't have $1 implicitly added to it.
  • The option key 'callback' can specify a callback that will be run when a path is matched. The callback will have the arguments ( &$matches, $data ) and the matches array can be modified.