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Jelix has a mechanism allowing to avoid putting url concerning actions directly in the templates (or anywhere). For this, simply indicate the module, the action, the type of request and some other parameters if you need and jUrl handles the generation of the corresponding url. On the other hand, when a request occurs, jUrl analyzes the url to then deduce the module, the action, and the parameters, and this, whatever the type of request is.

For this task, jUrl is using a URL engine.

A recall about urls

An url is made of different parts :

corresponds to the path of the entry point, /index for example
the extension of the entry point. It is optional if multiview is activated in apache.
the pathinfo, complementary part to the path, not corresponding to a path on the disk
the parameters.

The url engines analyze the pathinfo and the parameters to determine the module/action.

You can have to configure some options in Apache or Nginx. See apache configuration.


The configuration of jUrl is made in the urlengine section of the configuration file. Here are its parameters:

; multiview: Indicates if the multiview is activated or not in apache. Then the
    url engine does not generate the extension of the entry
    points (.php) when creating urls. Thus, we have "cleaner" urls.
; basePath: Path to the www directory, or more exactly, the common part of the paths
    of all the entry points. Thus, if you access index.php with the url
    http://localhost/jelix/myapp/www/index.php, you specify: 

  basePath= /jelix/myapp/www/

On the other hand, if you have specified the documentRoot in Apache/Nginx, pointing on jelix/myapp/www, you will then specify /.

Be careful, the basePath value must always begin with a /. If you leave basePath empty, Jelix will try to guess its value.

The action to do when a url do not correspond to anything. Indicate it under the form of a selector : module~action. This action should display an error message, and return a 404 http code.
  • *Carefull**: for development, activate logging of errors in files, it allows you to know if this "404" page is displayed because of an error or not.

Configuration of URL engines

You should indicate to the URL engine, which URLs correspond to which controller and method. In fact, this is a mapping between a pathinfo and a controller.

There is at lease one URL to specify: the homepage url, which is obviously /.

This is done into the file app/system/urls.xml.

See the page about how to setting up the mapping.

Using jUrl

Whatever you want to do, you must avoid to put urls in your code, in your modules. Otherwise, this would create some dependencies, and the portability would be decreased. It is then impossible to use the module for several applications at the same time because urls can be different according to the configuration of the applications. And if the module is reused anywhere else, you would have to modify the templates etc.

So the urls must be built by Jelix. For this, you have two available tools.


The jUrl object has a static method, get(), which, according to an action and other parameters, returns the corresponding url for the current application:

   $string_url = jUrl::get("news~view@classic", array("id_news"=>"54"));

The first parameter of the function is an action selector. Here, we ask the url corresponding to the view action of the news module, for the classic type of request with an id_news parameter. If there is no specific mapping for this action, the corresponding url will be index.php/news/default/view?id_news=54.


This method is equivalent to jUrl::get(), but with a little difference: it returns a full url, with the protocol and the domain name.

   $string_url = jUrl::getFull("news~view@classic", array("id_news"=>"54"));

It will return a URL like https://mysite.com/index.php/news/default/view?id_news=54.

jUrl template plugin

In templates, you can use the jurl plugin. The syntax is the same as jUrl::get(). Example:

  <p><a href="{jurl 'news~view@classic', array('id_news'=>'54')}">Details of the news</a></p>

The result with the simple url engine will then be:

  <p><a href="index.php/news/default/view?id_news=54">Details of the news</a></p>

You can use {jfullurl} instead of {jurl} to have a url with the domain name (useful for example into a template for an email).