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CakePHP – Generating URLs

This is a cool feature of CakePHP. Using the generated URLs, we can easily change the structure of URL in the application without modifying the whole code.

url( string|array|null $url null , boolean $full false )

The above function will take two arguments −

  • The first argument is an array specifying any of the following − ‘controller’, ‘action’, ‘plugin’. Additionally, you can provide routed elements or query string parameters. If string, it can be given the name of any valid url string.
  • If true, the full base URL will be prepended to the result. Default is false.

Example

Make Changes in the config/routes.php file as shown in the following program.

config/routes.php

<?php
   use Cake\Core\Plugin;
   use Cake\Routing\RouteBuilder;
   use Cake\Routing\Router;

   Router::defaultRouteClass('DashedRoute');
   Router::scope('/', function (RouteBuilder $routes){
      $routes->connect('/generate',['controller'=>'Generates','action'=>'index']);
   });

   Plugin::routes();

Create a GeneratesController.php file at src/Controller/GeneratesController.php. Copy the following code in the controller file.

src/Controller/GeneratesController.php

<?php
   namespace App\Controller;
   use App\Controller\AppController;
   use Cake\ORM\TableRegistry;
   use Cake\Datasource\ConnectionManager;

   class GeneratesController extends AppController{
      public function index(){
      }
   }
?>

Create a folder Generates at src/Template and under that folder create a View file called index.ctp. Copy the following code in that file.

src/Template/Generates/index.ctp

This is CakePHP tutorial and this is an example of Generating URLs.

Execute the above example by visiting the following URL −

http://localhost:85/CakePHP/generate

The above URL will produce the following output −

generating_urls

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