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Specifying and accessing route parameters.

Route parameters are useful when the same Web Component needs to be rendered for multiple paths, where part of the path is static, and another part contains a parameter value.

For example, the paths /user/1 and /user/42 can both have the same route to render the content. The /user/ part is static, and 1 and 42 are the parameter values.

Route parameters are defined using an express.js-like syntax. The implementation is based on the path-to-regexp library, which is commonly used in modern frontend libraries and frameworks.

The following features are supported:

  • Named parameters: /profile/:user

  • Optional parameters: /:size/:color?

  • Zero-or-more segments: /kb/:path*

  • One-or-more segments: /kb/:path+

  • Custom parameter patterns: /image-:size(\d+)px

  • Unnamed parameters: /(user[s]?)/:id

Routes for these features can be defined as follows:

const router = new Router(document.getElementById('outlet'));
  {path: '/', component: 'x-home-view'},
  {path: '/profile/:user', component: 'x-user-profile'},
  {path: '/image/:size/:color?', component: 'x-image-view'},
  {path: '/kb/:path*', component: 'x-knowledge-base'},
  {path: '/image-:size(\\d+)px', component: 'x-image-view'},
  {path: '/(user[s]?)/:id', component: 'x-profile-view'},

Accessing Route Parameters

Route parameters can be accessed in the location.params property of the route component. The location property is defined by the router.

  • Named parameters are accessible by a string key, such as location.params.id or location.params['id'].

  • Unnamed parameters are accessible by a numeric index, such as location.params[0].

import { BeforeEnterObserver, Router, RouterLocation } from '@vaadin/router';
import { View } from '../../views/view';

export class CreateOrUpdatePetView extends View
  implements BeforeEnterObserver { // (1)

  @state() id?;

  onBeforeEnter(location: RouterLocation) { // (2)
    this.id = parseInt(location.params.id as string);

    return html`
      <h1>Viewing user with id ${this.id}</h1>
  1. Implement BeforeEnterObserver in your view. See the Navigation lifecycle article for a list of different lifecycle callbacks for views.

  2. Implement the onBeforeEnter() callback to read the parameter value.