HTTP Routing

Basic Routing

You will define most of the routes for your application in the app/Http/routes.php file, which is loaded by the bootstrap/app.php file. The most basic Lumen routes simply accept a URI and a Closure:

$app->get('/', function () {
    return 'Hello World';

$app->post('foo/bar', function () {
    return 'Hello World';

$app->put('foo/bar', function () {

$app->delete('foo/bar', function () {

Generating URLs To Routes

You may generate URLs to your application's routes using the url helper:

$url = url('foo');

Route Parameters

Required Parameters

Of course, sometimes you will need to capture segments of the URI within your route. For example, you may need to capture a user's ID from the URL. You may do so by defining route parameters:

$app->get('user/{id}', function ($id) {
    return 'User '.$id;

You may define as many route parameters as required by your route:

$app->get('posts/{post}/comments/{comment}', function ($postId, $commentId) {

Route parameters are always encased within "curly" braces. The parameters will be passed into your route's Closure when the route is executed.

Note: Route parameters cannot contain the - character. Use an underscore (_) instead.

Regular Expression Constraints

You may constrain the format of your route parameters by defining a regular expression in your route definition:

$app->get('user/{name:[A-Za-z]+}', function ($name) {

Named Routes

Named routes allow you to conveniently generate URLs or redirects for a specific route. You may specify a name for a route using the as array key when defining the route:

$app->get('user/profile', ['as' => 'profile', function () {

You may also specify route names for controller actions:

$app->get('user/profile', [
    'as' => 'profile', 'uses' => 'UserController@showProfile'

Generating URLs To Named Routes

Once you have assigned a name to a given route, you may use the route's name when generating URLs or redirects via the route function:

$url = route('profile');

$redirect = redirect()->route('profile');

If the route defines parameters, you may pass the parameters as the second argument to the route method. The given parameters will automatically be inserted into the URL:

$app->get('user/{id}/profile', ['as' => 'profile', function ($id) {

$url = route('profile', ['id' => 1]);

Route Groups

Route groups allow you to share route attributes, such as middleware or namespaces, across a large number of routes without needing to define those attributes on each individual routes. Shared attributes are specified in an array format as the first parameter to the $app->group method.

To learn more about route groups, we'll walk through several common use-cases for the feature.


To assign middleware to all routes within a group, you may use the middleware key in the group attribute array. Middleware will be executed in the order you define this array:

$app->group(['middleware' => 'auth'], function ($app) {
    $app->get('/', function ()  {
        // Uses Auth Middleware

    $app->get('user/profile', function () {
        // Uses Auth Middleware


Another common use-case for route groups is assigning the same PHP namespace to a group of controllers. You may use the namespace parameter in your group attribute array to specify the namespace for all controllers within the group:

$app->group(['namespace' => 'App\Http\Controllers\Admin'], function ($app) {

    // Controllers Within The "App\Http\Controllers\Admin" Namespace


Route Prefixes

The prefix group array attribute may be used to prefix each route in the group with a given URI. For example, you may want to prefix all route URIs within the group with admin:

$app->group(['prefix' => 'admin'], function ($app) {
    $app->get('users', function ()  {
        // Matches The "/admin/users" URL

You may also use the prefix parameter to specify common parameters for your grouped routes:

$app->group(['prefix' => 'accounts/{account_id}'], function ($app) {
    $app->get('detail', function ($account_id)  {
        // Matches The accounts/{account_id}/detail URL

CSRF Protection

Note: You must enable sessions before using this Lumen feature.


Lumen makes it easy to protect your application from cross-site request forgeries. Cross-site request forgeries are a type of malicious exploit whereby unauthorized commands are performed on behalf of the authenticated user.

Lumen automatically generates a CSRF "token" for each active user session managed by the application. This token is used to verify that the authenticated user is the one actually making the requests to the application. To retrieve the current CSRF token value, use the csrf_token helper:

<?php echo csrf_token(); ?>

<input type="hidden" name="_token" value="<?php echo csrf_token(); ?>">

You do not need to manually verify the CSRF token on POST, PUT, or DELETE requests. The VerifyCsrfToken HTTP middleware will verify token in the request input matches the token stored in the session.


In addition to checking for the CSRF token as a POST parameter, the Lumen VerifyCsrfToken middleware will also check for the X-CSRF-TOKEN request header. You could, for example, store the token in a "meta" tag:

<meta name="csrf-token" content="{{ csrf_token() }}">

Once you have created the meta tag, you can instruct a library like jQuery to add the token to all request headers. This provides simple, convenient CSRF protection for your AJAX based applications:

        headers: {
            'X-CSRF-TOKEN': $('meta[name="csrf-token"]').attr('content')


Lumen also stores the CSRF token in a XSRF-TOKEN cookie. You can use the cookie value to set the X-XSRF-TOKEN request header. Some JavaScript frameworks, like Angular, do this automatically for you. It is unlikely that you will need to use this value manually.

Form Method Spoofing

HTML forms do not support PUT, PATCH or DELETE actions. So, when defining PUT, PATCH or DELETE routes that are called from an HTML form, you will need to add a hidden _method field to the form. The value sent with the _method field will be used as the HTTP request method:

<form action="/foo/bar" method="POST">
    <input type="hidden" name="_method" value="PUT">
    <input type="hidden" name="_token" value="{{ csrf_token() }}">

Throwing 404 Errors

There are two ways to manually trigger a 404 error from a route. First, you may use the abort helper. The abort helper simply throws a Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Exception\HttpException with the specified status code:


Secondly, you may manually throw an instance of Symfony\Component\HttpKernel\Exception\NotFoundHttpException.

More information on handling 404 exceptions and using custom responses for these errors may be found in the errors section of the documentation.