Implementing Routing in a Node.js Application

Node.js is a popular server-side JavaScript runtime environment that allows developers to build high-performance, scalable, and efficient network applications. One of the key features that make Node.js so powerful is its routing system, which allows developers to map URLs to corresponding actions or resources. In this article, we will explore how routing works in Node.js and provide examples of how to implement it.

Routing in Node.js:

Routing is the process of mapping URLs to corresponding actions or resources. In Node.js, routing is handled by a module called "Express," which is a popular web framework used to build web applications. Express provides a set of methods that developers can use to define routes and handle HTTP requests. These methods include:

  • app.get(path, callback): This method defines a route for HTTP GET requests. The path parameter is the URL path, and the callback parameter is a function that is executed when a request is made to the specified path.

  •, callback): This method defines a route for HTTP POST requests.

  • app.put(path, callback): This method defines a route for HTTP PUT requests.

  • app.delete(path, callback): This method defines a route for HTTP DELETE requests.


Let's look at an example of how to use routing in Node.js. In this example, we will create a simple web server that returns "Hello World" when a user visits the homepage.

First, we need to install the Express module using the following command:

npm install express

Next, we can create a file called "index.js" and add the following code:

const express = require('express');

const app = express(); app.get('/', (req, res) => {
res.send('Hello World'); });
app.listen(3000, () => { console.log('Server started on port 3000'); });

In this code, we first import the express module and create a new instance of express called app. We then define a route for the homepage ("/") using the app.get() method. The callback function sends the message "Hello World" to the client when the route is accessed. Finally, we start the server on port 3000 using the app.listen() method.


In conclusion, routing is a critical feature in web application development. In Node.js, routing is implemented using the built-in "http" module or with a web framework like Express. We hope this article has provided a helpful overview of how routing works in Node.js, with reference to the book "Learning Node.js" by Marc Wandschneider. By mastering routing, developers can create fast, efficient, and scalable web applications. If you want to learn more about Node.js and web development, we highly recommend checking out "Learning Node.js." Happy coding!

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