codezero-be / laravel-localized-routes by codezero

A convenient way to set up, manage and use localized routes in a Laravel app.
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Maintainer Username: codezero
Maintainer Contact: (Ivan Vermeyen)
Package Create Date: 2018-03-25
Package Last Update: 2024-03-17
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Laravel Localized Routes

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A convenient way to set up and use localized routes in a Laravel app.

🧩 Features

✅ Requirements

  • PHP >= 7.1
  • Laravel >= 5.6

📦 Install

composer require codezero/laravel-localized-routes

Laravel will automatically register the ServiceProvider.

⚙️ Configure

☑️ Publish Configuration File

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="CodeZero\LocalizedRoutes\LocalizedRoutesServiceProvider" --tag="config"

You will now find a localized-routes.php file in the config folder.

☑️ Supported Locales

Using Slugs

Add any locales you wish to support to your published config/localized-routes.php file:

'supported-locales' => ['en', 'nl', 'fr'],

This will automatically prepend a slug to your localized routes. More on this below.

Using Domains

Alternatively, you can use a different domain or subdomain for each locale by configuring the supported-locales like this:

'supported-locales' => [
  'en' => '',
  'nl' => '',
  'fr' => '',

☑️ Omit Slug for Main Locale

Specify your main locale if you want to omit its slug from the URL:

'omit_url_prefix_for_locale' => null

Setting this option to 'en' will result, for example, in URL's like this:

  • English: /some-url instead of the default /en/some-url
  • Dutch: /nl/some-url as usual
  • French: /fr/some-url as usual

This option has no effect if you use domains instead of slugs.

☑️ Use Middleware to Update App Locale

By default, the app locale will always be what you configured in config/app.php. To automatically update the app locale when a localized route is accessed, you need to use a middleware.

⚠️ Important note for Laravel 6+

To make route model binding work in Laravel 6+ you always also need to add the middleware to the $middlewarePriority array in app/Http/Kernel.php so it runs before SubstituteBindings:

protected $middlewarePriority = [
    \Illuminate\Session\Middleware\StartSession::class, // <= after this
    \Illuminate\Routing\Middleware\SubstituteBindings::class, // <= before this

You can then enable the middleware in a few ways:

For every localized route, via our config file

Simply set the option to true to add the middleware to every localized route:

'use_locale_middleware' => true

This will not add the middleware to non-localized routes!

OR, for every route using the web middleware group

You can manually add the middleware to the $middlewareGroups array in app/Http/Kernel.php:

protected $middlewareGroups = [
    'web' => [
        \Illuminate\Session\Middleware\StartSession::class, // <= after this
        \Illuminate\Routing\Middleware\SubstituteBindings::class, // <= before this

OR, for specific routes

Alternatively, you can add the middleware to a specific route or route group:

Route::localized(function () {

    Route::get('about', AboutController::class.'@index')

        'as' => 'admin.',
        'middleware' => [\CodeZero\LocalizedRoutes\Middleware\SetLocale::class],
    ], function () {

        Route::get('admin/reports', ReportsController::class.'@index')



☑️ Use Localizer to Detect and Set the Locale

This package can use codezero/laravel-localizer to automatically detect and set the locale.

With this option disabled, the app locale will only be updated when accessing localized routes.

With this option enabled, the app locale can also be updated when accessing non-localized routes. For non-localized routes it will look for a preferred locale in the session, in a cookie or in the browser. Additionally, it will also store the app locale in the session and in a cookie.

Enabling this option can be handy if you have, for example, a generic homepage and you want to know the preferred locale.

To enable this option, set it to true in the published config file.

'use_localizer' => true

This option only has effect on routes that use our SetLocale middleware.

You can review codezero/laravel-localizer, publish its config file and tweak it as needed. The only option we will override is supported-locales, to match the option in our own config file.

☑️ Set Options for the Current Localized Route Group

To set an option for one localized route group only, you can specify it as the second parameter of the localized route macro. This will override the config file settings.

Route::localized(function () {

    Route::get('about', AboutController::class.'@index')

}, [
    'supported-locales' => ['en', 'nl', 'fr'],
    'omit_url_prefix_for_locale' => null,
    'use_locale_middleware' => false,

🚗 Register Routes


// Not localized
Route::get('home', HomeController::class.'@index')

// Localized
Route::localized(function () {

    Route::get('about', AboutController::class.'@index')

    Route::name('admin.')->group(function () {
        Route::get('admin/reports', ReportsController::class.'@index')


In the above example there are 5 routes being registered. The routes defined in the Route::localized closure are automatically registered for each configured locale. This will prepend the locale to the route's URI and name. If you configured custom domains, it will use those instead of the slugs.

| URI | Name | | ----------------- | ---------------------- | | /home | home | | /en/about | en.about | | /nl/about | nl.about | | /en/admin/reports | en.admin.reports.index | | /nl/admin/reports | nl.admin.reports.index |

If you set omit_url_prefix_for_locale to 'en' in the configuration file, the resulting routes look like this:

| URI | Name | | ----------------- | ---------------------- | | /home | home | | /about | en.about | | /nl/about | nl.about | | /admin/reports | en.admin.reports.index | | /nl/admin/reports | nl.admin.reports.index |

⚠️ Beware that you don't register the same URL twice when omitting the locale. You can't have a localized /about route and also register a non-localized /about route in this case. The same idea applies to the / (root) route! Also note that the route names still have the locale prefix.

🔦 Localized 404 Pages and Redirecting to Localized URL's

To use these 2 features, you need to register the fallback route at the end of your routes/web.php file:

404 - Not Found

After registering the fallback route the provided controller will look for a 404 error view at resources/views/errors/404.blade.php. If this view does not exist, a normal NotFoundHttpException will be thrown. You can configure which view to use by changing the 404_view entry in the config file.

By default, Laravel's 404 pages don't go trough the middleware and have no Route::current() associated with it. Not even when you create your custom errors.404 view. Therefor, the locale can't be set to match the requested URL automatically via middleware.

To enable localized 404 pages, you need to register a fallback route and make sure it has the SetLocale middleware. This is basically a catch all route that will trigger for all non existing URL's.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a fallback route returns a 200 status by default. So to make it a real 404 you need to return a 404 response yourself.

Fallback routes will not be triggered when:

  • your existing routes throw a 404 error (as in abort(404))
  • your existing routes throw a ModelNotFoundException (like with route model binding)
  • your existing routes throw any other exception

Because those routes are in fact registered, the 404 page will have the correct App::getLocale() set.

Here is a good read about fallback routes.

Redirecting to Localized URL's

After registering the fallback route, you can update the config option redirect_to_localized_urls to true. The provided FallbackController will then try to redirect routes that have not been registered, to their localized version. If it does not have a localized version, a 404 will be thrown.

So the home page / would be redirected to /en if the active locale is en and the /en route exists. And /about would redirect to /en/about.

If you configured the app to omit the main locale slug, then the former redirection will obviously not happen, because the unprefixed routes exist. Instead, accessing a prefixed route with the main locale will redirect to an unprefixed URL.

So if the main locale is en, visiting /en would redirect to the home page / (unless / is a registered route). Also /en/about would redirect to /about.

🚕 Generate Route URL's

You can get the URL of your named routes as usual, using the route() helper.

👎 The ugly way...

Normally you would have to include the locale whenever you want to generate a URL:

$url = route(app()->getLocale().'.admin.reports.index');
👍 A much nicer way...

Because the former is rather ugly, this package overwrites the route() function and the underlying UrlGenerator class with an additional, optional $locale argument and takes care of the locale prefix for you. If you don't specify a locale, either a normal, non-localized route or a route in the current locale is returned.

$url = route('admin.reports.index'); // current locale
$url = route('admin.reports.index', [], true, 'nl'); // dutch URL

This is the new route helper signature:

route($name, $parameters = [], $absolute = true, $locale = null)

A few examples (given the example routes we registered above):

app()->getLocale(); // 'en'

$url = route('home'); // /home (normal routes have priority)
$url = route('about'); // /en/about (current locale)

// Get specific locales...
// This is most useful if you want to generate a URL to switch language.
$url = route('about', [], true, 'en'); // /en/about
$url = route('about', [], true, 'nl'); // /nl/about

// You could also do this, but it kinda defeats the purpose...
$url = route('en.about'); // /en/about
$url = route('en.about', [], true, 'nl'); // /nl/about

Note: in a most practical scenario you would register a route either localized or non-localized, but not both. If you do, you will always need to specify a locale to get the URL, because non-localized routes always have priority when using the route() function.

🚌 Redirect to Routes

Laravel's Redirector uses the same UrlGenerator as the route() function behind the scenes. Because we are overriding this class, you can easily redirect to your routes.

return redirect()->route('home'); // non-localized route, redirects to /home
return redirect()->route('about'); // localized route, redirects to /en/about (current locale)

You can't redirect to URL's in a specific locale this way, but if you need to, you can of course just use the route() function.

return redirect(route('about', [], true, 'nl')); // localized route, redirects to /nl/about

⚓️ Generate Localized Versions of the Current URL

To generate a URL for the current route in any locale, you can use this Route macro:

With Route Model Binding

If your route uses a localized key (like a slug) and you are using route model binding, then the key will automatically be localized.

$current = \Route::localizedUrl(); // /en/posts/en-slug
$en = \Route::localizedUrl('en'); // /en/posts/en-slug
$nl = \Route::localizedUrl('nl'); // /nl/posts/nl-slug

If you have a route with multiple keys, like /en/posts/{id}/{slug}, then you can pass the parameters yourself (like in the example without route model binding below) or you can implement this interface in your model:

use CodeZero\LocalizedRoutes\ProvidesRouteParameters;
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class Post extends Model implements ProvidesRouteParameters
    public function getRouteParameters($locale = null)
        return [
            $this->getSlug($locale) // Add this method yourself of course :)

Now, as long as you use route model binding, you can still just do:

$current = \Route::localizedUrl(); // /en/posts/en-slug
$en = \Route::localizedUrl('en'); // /en/posts/en-slug
$nl = \Route::localizedUrl('nl'); // /nl/posts/nl-slug
Without Route Model Binding

If you don't use route model binding and you need a localized slug in the URL, then you will have to pass it manually.

For example:

$nl = \Route::localizedUrl('nl'); // Wrong: /nl/posts/en-slug
$nl = \Route::localizedUrl('nl', [$post->getSlug('nl')]); // Right: /nl/posts/nl-slug

The getSlug() method is just for illustration, so you will need to implement that yourself of course.

✍🏻 Generate Signed Route URL's

Generating a signed route URL is just as easy.

Pass it the route name, the necessary parameters and you will get the URL for the current locale.

$signedUrl = URL::signedRoute('reset.password', ['user' => $id], now()->addMinutes(30));

You can also generate a signed URL for a specific locale:

$signedUrl = URL::signedRoute($name, $parameters, $expiration, true, 'nl');

Check out the Laravel docs for more info on signed routes.

🌎 Translate Routes

If you want to translate the segments of your URI's, create a routes.php language file for each locale you configured:

 └── lang
      ├── en
      │    └── routes.php
      └── nl
           └── routes.php

In these files, add a translation for each segment.

// lang/nl/routes.php
return [
    'about' => 'over',
    'us' => 'ons',

Now you can use our Lang::uri() macro during route registration:

Route::localized(function () {

    Route::get(Lang::uri('about/us'), AboutController::class.'@index')


Note that in order to find a translated version of a route, you will need to give your routes a name. If you don't name your routes, only the parameters (model route keys) will be translated, not the "hard-coded" slugs.

The above will generate:

  • /en/about/us
  • /nl/over/ons

If a translation is not found, the original segment is used.

🚏 Route Parameters

Parameter placeholders are not translated via language files. These are values you would provide via the route() function. The Lang::uri() macro will skip any parameter placeholder segment.

If you have a model that uses a route key that is translated in the current locale, then you can still simply pass the model to the route() function to get translated URL's.

An example...

Given we have a model like this:

class Post extends \Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model
    public function getRouteKey()
        $slugs = [
            'en' => 'en-slug',
            'nl' => 'nl-slug',

        return $slugs[app()->getLocale()];

TIP: checkout spatie/laravel-translatable for translatable models.

If we have a localized route like this:

Route::localized(function () {

    Route::get('posts/{post}', PostsController::class.'@show')


We can now get the URL with the appropriate slug:

app()->getLocale(); // 'en'

$post = new Post;

$url = route('', [$post]); // /en/posts/en-slug
$url = route('', [$post], true, 'nl'); // /nl/posts/nl-slug

🚴‍ Route Model Binding

If you enable the middleware included in this package, you can use Laravel's route model binding to automatically inject models with localized route keys in your controllers.

All you need to do is add a resolveRouteBinding() method to your model. Check Laravel's documentation for alternative ways to enable route model binding.

public function resolveRouteBinding($value)
    // Perform the logic to find the given slug in the database...
    return $this->where($this->getRouteKeyName().'->'.app()->getLocale(), $value)->firstOrFail();

Laravel 7 and newer has an optional $field parameter that allows you to override the route key on specific routes:

// Use the post slug as the route parameter instead of the default ID
Route::get('posts/{post:slug}', ...);

The new method would then look like this:

public function resolveRouteBinding($value, $field = null)
    // Perform the logic to find the given slug in the database...
    return $this->where($field ?? $this->getRouteKeyName().'->'.app()->getLocale(), $value)->firstOrFail();

TIP: checkout spatie/laravel-translatable for translatable models.

🗃 Cache Routes

In production you can safely cache your routes per usual.

php artisan route:cache

🚧 Testing

composer test

☕️ Credits

🔓 Security

If you discover any security related issues, please e-mail me instead of using the issue tracker.

📑 Changelog

A complete list of all notable changes to this package can be found on the releases page.

📜 License

The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.