Using the greedy route parameter in the middle of a route definition

I'm trying to create routes which follow the structure of a tree navigation system, i.e I want to include the entire path in the tree in my route. So if I had a tree which looked like this

  • Computers
    • Software
      • Development
      • Graphics
    • Hardware
      • CPU
      • Graphics cards

Then I would like to be able to have routes that looks like this


This, on it's own is not hard and can be caught by a route which looks like this

  • catalog/{*categories}

However I want to be able to add the product information at the end of that URL, something like this


Which would mean I would requite routes that were defined like the following examples


However the first of these routes are invalid since nothing else can appear after a greedy parameter such as {categories} so I'm a bit stuck. I've been thinking of implementing regex routes or perhaps use IRouteContraint to work my way around this but I can't think of a decent solution that would enable me to also use the Html.ActionLink(...) method to generate outbount URLs which filled in both {categories} and {name}

Any advice is greatly apprechiated!

Some of you may have seen a similar question by me yesterday but that was deleted, by me, since I've since given it more thought and the old question contained incomplete descriptions of my problem

UPDATE 2008/11/26 I posted the solution at


Routes ignore query string parameters. But at the same time, query string parameters are passed in to an action method as long as there isn't a route URL parameter of the same name. So I would use just the second route, and pass in title via the query string.

Another option is more complicated. You write a custom route that derives from Route and override the GetRouteData method so that it parses the value of "categories" (something like RouteData.Values["categories"] and then add the parsed data to the route value dictionary (RouteData.Values["title"] = parsedTitle.

Greedy segment anywhere in the URL

I've written GreedyRoute class that supports greedy (catch all) segment anywhere in the URL. It's been a while since you needed it, but it may be useful to others in the future.

It supports any of the following patterns:

  • {segment}/{segment}/{*greedy} - this is already supported with default Route class
  • {segment}/{*greedy}/{segment} - greedy in the middle
  • {*greedy}/{segment}/{segment} - greedy at the beginning

You can read all the details on my blog post and get the code as well.

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