Routes management without any magic strings (Not just another constants file approach)

This package can generate route structures and build routes. It supports sub routes, parameter placeholders and query parameters. It can be used for APIs, SPAs, apps, etc.

Julius Huck
2 min readFeb 24, 2022

Idea 💡

A system with the following features:

  • Generate route structures
  • Build routes with parameter placeholders
  • Build routes with values for the parameter placeholders
  • Build routes that can be used in APIs, SPAs, apps, etc.
  • Build routes with query strings

For this I developed the @juliushuck/generate-route package.

Get started 💻

1. Install the package

npm install @juliushuck/generate-route

2. Import the generate function

3. Generate your route structure

The generate function accepts segments and sub routes. Segments can be a static ones or parameter placeholders. A parameter placeholder starts with :.

4. Build routes

How I use it 🙋‍♂️

Here is how I use the function when I’m using ExpressJS for the backend and ReactJS and React Native for the frontends.

Route structures

In my current project “Bujus” I have a shared repository between the three parts of the application - An API, a SPA for schools and a mobile app for helpers. This shared codebase contains configs, validation schemas, routes and other utils. Here I have a directory called routes, in which, I have three files api.js, school-app.js and helper-app.js.

Usage in ExpressJS

Routing with routers

Generating URLs for links in mails, to verify mail addresses, etc.

Usage in ReactJS

Routing with routers

Generating URLs for API calls

Usage in React Native

Routing with navigators

How it works ⚙️

You can read the strongly commented code here: It heavily uses the principle of functions generating functions. For the segments joining, it uses the url-join package and for the query string generation, it uses the query-string package.

Thank you for reading ✨

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PS: When you want to translate the package to other languages, hit me up, I would love to help.



Julius Huck

I love constructing new ideas and turning them into reality. Full stack perfectionist developer and (web) designer. Be a creator not a consumer ✌️