Dynamic Routes

Predefined routes are not always sufficient for complex applications. This is where dynamic routes come in.

A dynamic route is a route in which a specific segment of the route (known as a dynamic segment) can be matched by a number of URLs. In Enhance applications, dynamic routes are created using the $segment syntax when naming your page or API route.


Consider an API route stored in your project as app/api/users/$id.mjs:

export async function get (req) {
  const { id } = req.params
  const user = getUser(id)
  return {
    json: {

In the above example, the users/$id.mjs API route will match any URL pointing to /users/*.

The dynamic segment of the URL will be made available to the API handler as a path parameter, named by the key following the $ in the filename (in this case: id). For example:

API route Example URL req.params
app/api/users/$id.mjs /users/axol { id: 'axol' }
app/api/users/$id.mjs /users/42 { id: '42' }
app/api/frameworks/$name.mjs /frameworks/enhance { name: 'enhance' }

Data returned on the API response’s json object (such as the user object in the example above) will be made available to pages and Enhance Elements that match the API route’s path (e.g. app/pages/users/$id.html) via state.store.


You can also access this data by hitting this API route with a client side network request (providing you include an Accept: application/json header in the request).

Using multiple path parameters

Enhance supports multiple path parameters. For example:

Route Example URL req.params
app/api/docs/$lang.mjs /docs/en { lang: 'en' }
app/api/docs/$lang/$region.mjs /docs/en/us { lang: 'en', region: 'us' }

Route precedence

Static routes take precedence over dynamic routes.

For example, consider a project with the following API routes:

  • app/api/docs/quickstart.mjs
  • app/api/docs/$slug.mjs
Example URL Handler
/docs/quickstart app/api/docs/quickstart.mjs
/docs/glossary app/api/docs/$slug.mjs

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