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FastHttpRouter is forked from httprouter which is a lightweight high performance HTTP request router (also called multiplexer or just mux for short) for fasthttp.

This router is optimized for high performance and a small memory footprint. It scales well even with very long paths and a large number of routes. A compressing dynamic trie (radix tree) structure is used for efficient matching.

  • The author of httprouter @julienschmidt did almost all the hard work of this router.
  • I respect the laws of open source. So LICENSE of httprouter is alway stay here: HttpRouterLicense.
  • What I do is just fit for fasthttp. I have no hope to build a huge but toxic go web framwork like iris.
  • I fork this repo is just because there is no router for fasthttp at that time. And fasthttprouter is the FIRST router for fasthttp.
  • fasthttprouter has been used in my online production and processes 17 million requests per day. It is fast and stable, so I decide to release a stable version.
  • [2016.10.24] v0.1.0 The first release version of fasthttprouter.


Best Performance: FastHttpRouter is one of the fastest go web frameworks in the go-web-framework-benchmark. Even faster than httprouter itself.

  • Basic Test: The first test case is to mock 0 ms, 10 ms, 100 ms, 500 ms processing time in handlers. The concurrency clients are 5000.

  • Concurrency Test: In 30 ms processing time, the tets result for 100, 1000, 5000 clients is:

See below for technical details of the implementation.

Only explicit matches: With other routers, like http.ServeMux, a requested URL path could match multiple patterns. Therefore they have some awkward pattern priority rules, like longest match or first registered, first matched. By design of this router, a request can only match exactly one or no route. As a result, there are also no unintended matches, which makes it great for SEO and improves the user experience.

Stop caring about trailing slashes: Choose the URL style you like, the router automatically redirects the client if a trailing slash is missing or if there is one extra. Of course it only does so, if the new path has a handler. If you don't like it, you can turn off this behavior.

Path auto-correction: Besides detecting the missing or additional trailing slash at no extra cost, the router can also fix wrong cases and remove superfluous path elements (like ../ or //). Is CAPTAIN CAPS LOCK one of your users? FastHttpRouter can help him by making a case-insensitive look-up and redirecting him to the correct URL.

Parameters in your routing pattern: Stop parsing the requested URL path, just give the path segment a name and the router delivers the dynamic value to you. Because of the design of the router, path parameters are very cheap.

Zero Garbage: The matching and dispatching process generates zero bytes of garbage. In fact, the only heap allocations that are made, is by building the slice of the key-value pairs for path parameters. If the request path contains no parameters, not a single heap allocation is necessary.

No more server crashes: You can set a Panic handler to deal with panics occurring during handling a HTTP request. The router then recovers and lets the PanicHandler log what happened and deliver a nice error page.

Perfect for APIs: The router design encourages to build sensible, hierarchical RESTful APIs. Moreover it has builtin native support for OPTIONS requests and 405 Method Not Allowed replies.

Of course you can also set custom NotFound and MethodNotAllowed handlers and serve static files.


This is just a quick introduction, view the GoDoc for details:

Let's start with a trivial example:

package main

import (


func Index(ctx *fasthttp.RequestCtx) {
	fmt.Fprint(ctx, "Welcome!\n")

func Hello(ctx *fasthttp.RequestCtx) {
	fmt.Fprintf(ctx, "hello, %s!\n", ctx.UserValue("name"))

func main() {
	router := fasthttprouter.New()
	router.GET("/", Index)
	router.GET("/hello/:name", Hello)

	log.Fatal(fasthttp.ListenAndServe(":8080", router.Handler))
Named parameters

As you can see, :name is a named parameter. The values are accessible via RequestCtx.UserValues. You can get the value of a parameter by using the ctx.UserValue("name").

Named parameters only match a single path segment:

Pattern: /user/:user

 /user/gordon              match
 /user/you                 match
 /user/gordon/profile      no match
 /user/                    no match

Note: Since this router has only explicit matches, you can not register static routes and parameters for the same path segment. For example you can not register the patterns /user/new and /user/:user for the same request method at the same time. The routing of different request methods is independent from each other.

Catch-All parameters

The second type are catch-all parameters and have the form *name. Like the name suggests, they match everything. Therefore they must always be at the end of the pattern:

Pattern: /src/*filepath

 /src/                     match
 /src/somefile.go          match
 /src/subdir/somefile.go   match

How does it work?

The router relies on a tree structure which makes heavy use of common prefixes, it is basically a compact prefix tree (or just Radix tree). Nodes with a common prefix also share a common parent. Here is a short example what the routing tree for the GET request method could look like:

Priority   Path             Handle
9          \                *<1>
3          ├s               nil
2          |├earch\         *<2>
1          |└upport\        *<3>
2          ├blog\           *<4>
1          |    └:post      nil
1          |         └\     *<5>
2          ├about-us\       *<6>
1          |        └team\  *<7>
1          └contact\        *<8>

Every *<num> represents the memory address of a handler function (a pointer). If you follow a path trough the tree from the root to the leaf, you get the complete route path, e.g \blog\:post\, where :post is just a placeholder (parameter) for an actual post name. Unlike hash-maps, a tree structure also allows us to use dynamic parts like the :post parameter, since we actually match against the routing patterns instead of just comparing hashes. [As benchmarks show][benchmark], this works very well and efficient.

Since URL paths have a hierarchical structure and make use only of a limited set of characters (byte values), it is very likely that there are a lot of common prefixes. This allows us to easily reduce the routing into ever smaller problems. Moreover the router manages a separate tree for every request method. For one thing it is more space efficient than holding a method->handle map in every single node, for another thing is also allows us to greatly reduce the routing problem before even starting the look-up in the prefix-tree.

For even better scalability, the child nodes on each tree level are ordered by priority, where the priority is just the number of handles registered in sub nodes (children, grandchildren, and so on..). This helps in two ways:

  1. Nodes which are part of the most routing paths are evaluated first. This helps to make as much routes as possible to be reachable as fast as possible.
  2. It is some sort of cost compensation. The longest reachable path (highest cost) can always be evaluated first. The following scheme visualizes the tree structure. Nodes are evaluated from top to bottom and from left to right.

Why doesn't this work with http.Handler?

Becasue fasthttp doesn't provide http.Handler. See this description.

Fasthttp works with RequestHandler functions instead of objects implementing Handler interface. So a FastHttpRouter provides a Handler interface to implement the fasthttp.ListenAndServe interface.

Just try it out for yourself, the usage of FastHttpRouter is very straightforward. The package is compact and minimalistic, but also probably one of the easiest routers to set up.

Where can I find Middleware X?

This package just provides a very efficient request router with a few extra features. The router is just a fasthttp.RequestHandler, you can chain any fasthttp.RequestHandler compatible middleware before the router. Or you could just write your own, it's very easy!

Have a look at these midware examples:

Chaining with the NotFound handler

NOTE: It might be required to set Router.HandleMethodNotAllowed to false to avoid problems.

You can use another http.Handler, for example another router, to handle requests which could not be matched by this router by using the Router.NotFound handler. This allows chaining.

Static files

The NotFound handler can for example be used to serve static files from the root path / (like an index.html file along with other assets):

// Serve static files from the ./public directory
router.NotFound = fasthttp.FSHandler("./public", 0)

But this approach sidesteps the strict core rules of this router to avoid routing problems. A cleaner approach is to use a distinct sub-path for serving files, like /static/*filepath or /files/*filepath.

Web Frameworks based on FastHttpRouter

If the HttpRouter is a bit too minimalistic for you, you might try one of the following more high-level 3rd-party web frameworks building upon the HttpRouter package:

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func CleanPath

func CleanPath(p string) string

CleanPath is the URL version of path.Clean, it returns a canonical URL path for p, eliminating . and .. elements.

The following rules are applied iteratively until no further processing can be done:

  1. Replace multiple slashes with a single slash.
  2. Eliminate each . path name element (the current directory).
  3. Eliminate each inner .. path name element (the parent directory) along with the non-.. element that precedes it.
  4. Eliminate .. elements that begin a rooted path: that is, replace "/.." by "/" at the beginning of a path.

If the result of this process is an empty string, "/" is returned


type Router

type Router struct {

	// Enables automatic redirection if the current route can't be matched but a
	// handler for the path with (without) the trailing slash exists.
	// For example if /foo/ is requested but a route only exists for /foo, the
	// client is redirected to /foo with http status code 301 for GET requests
	// and 307 for all other request methods.
	RedirectTrailingSlash bool

	// If enabled, the router tries to fix the current request path, if no
	// handle is registered for it.
	// First superfluous path elements like ../ or // are removed.
	// Afterwards the router does a case-insensitive lookup of the cleaned path.
	// If a handle can be found for this route, the router makes a redirection
	// to the corrected path with status code 301 for GET requests and 307 for
	// all other request methods.
	// For example /FOO and /..//Foo could be redirected to /foo.
	// RedirectTrailingSlash is independent of this option.
	RedirectFixedPath bool

	// If enabled, the router checks if another method is allowed for the
	// current route, if the current request can not be routed.
	// If this is the case, the request is answered with 'Method Not Allowed'
	// and HTTP status code 405.
	// If no other Method is allowed, the request is delegated to the NotFound
	// handler.
	HandleMethodNotAllowed bool

	// If enabled, the router automatically replies to OPTIONS requests.
	// Custom OPTIONS handlers take priority over automatic replies.
	HandleOPTIONS bool

	// Configurable http.Handler which is called when no matching route is
	// found. If it is not set, http.NotFound is used.
	NotFound fasthttp.RequestHandler

	// Configurable http.Handler which is called when a request
	// cannot be routed and HandleMethodNotAllowed is true.
	// If it is not set, http.Error with http.StatusMethodNotAllowed is used.
	// The "Allow" header with allowed request methods is set before the handler
	// is called.
	MethodNotAllowed fasthttp.RequestHandler

	// Function to handle panics recovered from http handlers.
	// It should be used to generate a error page and return the http error code
	// 500 (Internal Server Error).
	// The handler can be used to keep your server from crashing because of
	// unrecovered panics.
	PanicHandler func(*fasthttp.RequestCtx, interface{})
	// contains filtered or unexported fields

Router is a http.Handler which can be used to dispatch requests to different handler functions via configurable routes

func New

func New() *Router

New returns a new initialized Router. Path auto-correction, including trailing slashes, is enabled by default.

func (*Router) DELETE

func (r *Router) DELETE(path string, handle fasthttp.RequestHandler)

DELETE is a shortcut for router.Handle("DELETE", path, handle)

func (*Router) GET

func (r *Router) GET(path string, handle fasthttp.RequestHandler)

GET is a shortcut for router.Handle("GET", path, handle)

func (*Router) HEAD

func (r *Router) HEAD(path string, handle fasthttp.RequestHandler)

HEAD is a shortcut for router.Handle("HEAD", path, handle)

func (*Router) Handle

func (r *Router) Handle(method, path string, handle fasthttp.RequestHandler)

Handle registers a new request handle with the given path and method.

For GET, POST, PUT, PATCH and DELETE requests the respective shortcut functions can be used.

This function is intended for bulk loading and to allow the usage of less frequently used, non-standardized or custom methods (e.g. for internal communication with a proxy).

func (*Router) Handler

func (r *Router) Handler(ctx *fasthttp.RequestCtx)

Handler makes the router implement the fasthttp.ListenAndServe interface.

func (*Router) Lookup

func (r *Router) Lookup(method, path string, ctx *fasthttp.RequestCtx) (fasthttp.RequestHandler, bool)

Lookup allows the manual lookup of a method + path combo. This is e.g. useful to build a framework around this router. If the path was found, it returns the handle function and the path parameter values. Otherwise the third return value indicates whether a redirection to the same path with an extra / without the trailing slash should be performed.

func (*Router) OPTIONS

func (r *Router) OPTIONS(path string, handle fasthttp.RequestHandler)

OPTIONS is a shortcut for router.Handle("OPTIONS", path, handle)

func (*Router) PATCH

func (r *Router) PATCH(path string, handle fasthttp.RequestHandler)

PATCH is a shortcut for router.Handle("PATCH", path, handle)

func (*Router) POST

func (r *Router) POST(path string, handle fasthttp.RequestHandler)

POST is a shortcut for router.Handle("POST", path, handle)

func (*Router) PUT

func (r *Router) PUT(path string, handle fasthttp.RequestHandler)

PUT is a shortcut for router.Handle("PUT", path, handle)

func (*Router) ServeFiles

func (r *Router) ServeFiles(path string, rootPath string)

ServeFiles serves files from the given file system root. The path must end with "/*filepath", files are then served from the local path /defined/root/dir/*filepath. For example if root is "/etc" and *filepath is "passwd", the local file "/etc/passwd" would be served. Internally a http.FileServer is used, therefore http.NotFound is used instead of the Router's NotFound handler.

router.ServeFiles("/src/*filepath", "/var/www")


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