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Shane Meikle
Shane Meikle
13,188 Points

Laravel URL/Route question

Lets say for example a route is set up like:

Route::get('/user/{username}' , 'cController@home');

How would the {username} part of the uri return the actual users name?

1 Answer

When you declare a route like this:


Route::get('/user/{username}' , 'UsersController@show');

You're saying "anything that looks like "/user/{username}" should be routed to the show method of the users controller. I want the value at position {username} to be passed into the show method as an argument.

If I visited /user/tomcawthorn, laravel will say "Hey! I've got a route that matches that string!" and it will pass the tomcawthorn as $username into the show method.

You show method would look like this:


 * Show the user
 * @param string $username
 * @return Response
public function show($username)
    $username; // tomcawthorn

That's what happens - were you asking how it works?

Shane Meikle
Shane Meikle
13,188 Points

Thanks for the answer.

And yeah, I was interested in how it works. Digging deeper into the mechanics behind Laravel has been rather fun, and a learning experience all in its own.