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Autoroute (OrchardCore.Autoroute)

This module allows you to specify custom URLs (permalinks) for your content items.

Autoroute Part

Attach this part to a content type to specify custom URLs to your content items.

Then, go to the definition of a Content Type and edit the Autoroute Part:

  • Enter a Pattern using a Liquid expression that will represent the generated slug.

For example, for a content with a TitlePart that will use it to generate the slug :

{{ ContentItem | display_text | slugify }}

For instance, for a content type with a ListPart and a TitlePart (e.g.: BlogPost nested in a Blog) that will use the container and the title to generate the slug:

{{ ContentItem | container | display_text | slugify }}/{{ ContentItem | display_text | slugify }}
  • If you want to be able to enter a custom path when you edit a content item, check 'Allow custom path'.
  • If you want to be able to set a content item as the homepage, check 'Show homepage options'.

Using fields in patterns

Fields can also be used as part of the pattern. The following example uses a Text field named Color, on a Product content type. The text is slugified such that it is compatible with a URL.

{{ ContentItem.Content.Product.Color.Text | slugify }}

Autoroute Slug Handle

Content items with an Autoroute can be retrieved by URL anywhere you can retrieve content by its slug handle (see example below). The syntax for this is slug:<URL>, e.g. slug:my-blog/my-blog-post.


With Autoroute enabled, you can retrieve content by URL in your liquid views and templates:

{% assign my_content = Content["slug:my-blog/my-blog-post"] %}


{% assign my_content = Content.Slug["my-blog/my-blog-post"] %}

Container Routing

The AutoroutePart supports routing of content items which are children of a parent content item.

Container and Contained Definitions

Container Definition

A container content item is a parent content item, which contains child content items.

For example :

  • A content item with a BagPart attached is a container or parent content item.

  • A Taxonomy is also a container content item.

Contained Definition

A contained content item refers to a content item which is contained inside a container content item.

For example :

  • Content items contained inside a BagPart are considered contained or child content items.

  • Terms of a Taxonomy are contained by the Taxonomy.

Contained content items are stored as part of the json inside the container document.

Supported Containers

The AutoroutePart supports routing of these container types.

  • BagPart and content items contained by the BagPart
  • Taxonomy content items and contained Terms


To enable routing of contained content items the AutoroutePart must be configured correctly.

  • Add the AutoroutePart to the container or parent content type definition.
  • Enable Allow contained item routing on the AutoroutePart Settings.
  • Enable Route Contained Items on the container content item.

Optionally, add the AutoroutePart to the content type definition of the contained or child content items, to manage the contained item routes.

Path Generation

By default when the AutoroutePart is added to a container content item and Route Contained Items is enabled the generated route will be made up of the container segment, then the ContentItemId of the contained content item, and if present, the DisplayText.

For example :

To configure a friendly slug for the child content items add the AutoroutePart to the content type definition for those content types.

You are then able to use the Liquid pattern to generate a friendly slug.

For example :

Routing is, by default, relative to the parent, and there is no Liquid filter for the parent as there is with the ListPart

AutoroutePart Settings

Settings on the AutoroutePart allow the site administrator to control how container and contained routing is enabled for a user.

Allow Route Contained Items

Enable this on a container content type definition, i.e. the parent, to allow a user to turn on routing for contained, i.e. child, content items.

Manage Contained Item Routes

Enable this on a contained content type definition, i.e. the child, to allow the AutoroutePart to configure individual control of routing for these content items.

Allow Absolute Path

Enabled AllowAbsolutePath to allow a user to set a path as absolute.

By default container routing will build a url relative to the containers route.

Allow Disabled

Enable this option to allow content editors to disable route generation.

Use this option when you have a container with two BagParts and routing should only be enabled for one.

AutoroutePart Content Item Editor


Content editors can select to disabled route generation for a particular contained content item.

Route Contained Items

When editing the content item select Route Contained Items on the container content item to turn on routing for the contained content items.


When selected forces the route from relative to absolute.


When you configure container routing for a BagPart you will want to change the default display type of the part to Summary and create Summary and Detail templates, for use when the item is displayed within its container and when it is displayed in detail via a route.