Optional URL Segments in ASP.NET MVC

Published on April 21, 2013 by Senthil Kumar

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The developer can define the optional URL segment which need not be specified by the user when entering the URL. For example , assume the URL pattern “Abundantcode/{controller}/{action}/{id}” . In this pattern , the developer can make the id segment as optional by specifying them in the MapRoute method .

Optional URL Segments in ASP.NET MVC

Below is a code snippet demonstrating the usage of Optional URL Segments in ASP.NET MVC

using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Web;

using System.Web.Mvc;

using System.Web.Routing;

namespace MvcApplication1


public class RouteConfig


public static void RegisterRoutes(RouteCollection routes)



routes.MapRoute("NewRoute", "Abundantcode/{controller}/{action}/{id}", new {id = UrlParameter.Optional });




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