Get 404's with MVC 5 Api controllers


public class DownloadListController : ApiController
    private MovieService _movieService;

    public DownloadListController()
        _movieService = new MovieService();

    public void Post([FromBody]string asd)
        // Do something

    public string Get()
        return "test";


protected void Application_Start()

    // WebApiConfig.Register(GlobalConfiguration.Configuration);


public static void Register(HttpConfiguration config)

        name: "DefaultApi",
        routeTemplate: "api/{controller}/{action}/{id}",
        defaults: new { id = RouteParameter.Optional }

    // Uncomment the following line of code to enable query support for actions with an IQueryable or IQueryable<T> return type.
    // To avoid processing unexpected or malicious queries, use the validation settings on QueryableAttribute to validate incoming queries.
    // For more information, visit

    // To disable tracing in your application, please comment out or remove the following line of code
    // For more information, refer to:

When I run the application and browse to http://localhost:4229/api/DownloadList I get an 404, while I can see in the Network request being made is a GET request.

The same is also true when I make a POST request to a URI, the result is a 404.

What am I missing? What do I need to do to fix this?


The Web API doesn't use explicit actions. They are implied by the HTTP verbs. So you shouldn't have an {action} in your routeTemplate:

routeTemplate: "api/{controller}/{id}",

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