How to allow a "/" character in a route parameter

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How to allow a "/" character in a route parameter

Sometimes, you need to compose URLs with parameters that can contain a slash
/. For example, take the classic /hello/{name} route. By default, /hello/Fabien will match this route but not /hello/Fabien/Kris. This is because Symfony uses this character as separator between route parts.

This guide covers how you can modify a route so that /hello/Fabien/Kris matches the /hello/{name} route, where {name} equals Fabien/Kris.

Configure the Route

By default, the Symfony routing components requires that the parameters
match the following regex pattern: [^/]+. This means that all characters
are allowed except /.

You must explicitly allow / to be part of your parameter by specifying
a more permissive regex pattern.

  • YAML
  • XML
  • PHP
  • Annotations
    pattern: /hello/{name}
    defaults: { _controller: AcmeDemoBundle:Demo:hello }
        name: ".+"

That's it! Now, the {name} parameter can contain the / character.

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