Context & Named parameters

In some cases there is a need to pass data across handlers/middlewares, for doing this Violetear uses net/context


package main

import (


func catchAll(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
    // Get & print the content of named-param *
    params := r.Context().Value(violetear.ParamsKey).(violetear.Params)
    fmt.Fprintf(w, "CatchAll value:, %q", params["*"])

func handleUUID(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
    // get router params
    params := r.Context().Value(violetear.ParamsKey).(violetear.Params)
    // using GetParam
    uuid := violetear.GetParam("uuid", r)
    // add a key-value pair to the context
    ctx := context.WithValue(r.Context(), "key", "my-value")
    // print current value for :uuid
    fmt.Fprintf(w, "Named parameter: %q, key: %s",

func main() {
    router := violetear.New()

    uuid := `[0-9a-fA-F]{8}-[0-9a-fA-F]{4}-[0-9a-fA-F]{4}-[0-9a-fA-F]{4}-[0-9a-fA-F]{12}`
    router.AddRegex(":uuid", uuid)

    router.HandleFunc("*", catchAll)
    router.HandleFunc("/:uuid", handleUUID, "GET,HEAD")

    log.Fatal(http.ListenAndServe(":8080", router))

Duplicated named parameters

In cases where the same named parameter is used multiple times, example:

        |     |
 index  0     1

An slice is created, for getting the values you need to do something like:

    params := r.Context().Value(violetear.ParamsKey).(violetear.Params)
    uuid := params[":uuid"].([]string)

Notice the : prefix when getting the named_parameters

Or by using GetParams:

    uuid := violetear.GetParams("uuid")

After this you can access the slice like normal:

    fmt.Println(uuid[0], uuid[1])

In case you would only need the second param this could be used:

    uuid := violetear.GetParam("uuid", r, 1)

GetParam & GetParams

This methods help to get an specific param or all the params.

To get a param:

param := violetear.GetParam("param", r)

When having duplicates, if an index is not specified, it will return the first one, example:

After defining this dynamic routes:

uuid := `[0-9a-fA-F]{8}-[0-9a-fA-F]{4}-[0-9a-fA-F]{4}-[0-9a-fA-F]{4}-[0-9a-fA-F]{12}`
router.AddRegex(":uuid", uuid)
router.HandleFunc("/test/:uuid/:uuid", handleUUID, "GET,HEAD")

For this request:


To get the first :uuid:

uuid := violetear.GetParam("uuid", r)
// uuid == 78F204D2-26D9-409F-BE81-2E5D061E1FA1

To get the second :uuid:

uuid := violetear.GetParam("uuid", r, 1)
// uuid == 33A7B724-1498-4A5A-B29B-AD4E31824234

To get all the params:

uuids := violetear.GetParams("uuid")
// uuids == []string{"78F204D2-26D9-409F-BE81-2E5D061E1FA1", "33A7B724-1498-4A5A-B29B-AD4E31824234"}

Only for go < 1.7

When using go < 1.7:

import ""

violetear.v1 and violetear.v2 don’t support versioning

For been available to use the Context ctx you need to do a type assertion:

cw := w.(*violetear.ResponseWriter)

To set a key-value pair you need to:

cw.Set(key, value)


cw.ctx = context.WithValue(cw.ctx, "key", "my-value")

To retrieve a value:




You may need Type assertions: cw.Get(value).(string) depending on your needs.

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