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Wildcard Route in Angular

In this article we will learn about Wildcard Route in Angular. This is a continuation part of our previous article where we discussed Redirect Routes in Angular. At the end of this article, you will understand what exactly Wildcard Route is and when and how to use Wildcard Route in Angular Application. You can also find detailed information about routing in my previous article Routing in Angular.

What is Wildcard Route in Angular?

In Angular Application, the Wildcard Route is used to handle invalid URLs. If a user enters an invalid URL or if you delete an existing URL from your application, the 404 page not found error page is displayed by default. In such cases, instead of displaying the default error page, show a custom error page, which is possible with the Angular Wildcard Route.

How to use Wildcard Route in Angular?

A Wildcard route has a path consisting of two asterisks (**). It matches every URL, the router will select this route if it can’t match a route earlier in the configuration. A Wildcard Route can navigate to a custom component or can redirect to an existing route. The syntax to use Wildcard Route is given below.

Wildcard Route in Angular

We have the route link setup as the above, when we search the Invalid URL it call the NotFoundComponenet like below,

On below you can see when we navigate to Login route then the Login component is called.

Login component

But you can see we call the route here /signup that doesn’t exist our route component, then it navigate to the NotFoundComponent like below.

Wildcard route not found

What should be the Order of Angular Routes?

The order of the routes is very important. When matching routes find, the angular router uses first-match wins strategy. So more specific routes should be placed above less specific routes. So, Routes with a static path should be placed first, followed by the empty path route, that matches the default route. The wildcard route should be the last route in your router configuration like below,

const routes: Routes = [
  { path: 'home', component: HomeComponent },
  { path:'employess', component: EmployeeComponent},
  { path:'cricketers', component: CricketerListComponent},
  { path:'about-us', component: AboutUsComponent},
  { path:'contact-us', component: ContactUsComponent},
  { path:'login', component: LoginComponent},
  { path: '', redirectTo: 'login', pathMatch: 'full' },
  { path: '**', component: NotFoundComponent }
];

Conclusion

Here we discussed about Wildcard Route in Angular. A Wildcard route has a path consisting of two asterisks (**). It matches every URL, the router will select this route if it can’t match a route earlier in the configuration. A Wildcard Route can navigate to a custom component or can redirect to an existing route.

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