Node.js url.parse result back to string


Question

I am trying to do some simple pagination. To that end, I'm trying to parse the current URL, then produce links to the same query, but with incremented and decremented page parameters.

I've tried doing the following, but it produces the same link, without the new page parameter.

var parts = url.parse(req.url, true);
parts.query['page'] = 25;
console.log("Link: ", url.format(parts));

The documentation for the URL module seems to suggest that format is what I need but I'm doing something wrong.

I know I could iterate and build up the string manually, but I was hoping there's an existing method for this.

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17
9/22/2011 3:35:27 PM

Accepted Answer

If you look at the latest documentation, you can see that url.format behaves in the following way:

  • search will be used in place of query
  • query (object; see querystring) will only be used if search is absent.

And when you modify query, search remains unchanged and it uses it. So to force it to use query, simply remove search from the object:

var url = require("url");
var parts = url.parse("http://test.com?page=25&foo=bar", true);
parts.query.page++;
delete parts.search;
console.log(url.format(parts)); //http://test.com/?page=26&foo=bar

Make sure you're always reading the latest version of the documentation, this will save you a lot of trouble.

47
9/22/2011 3:49:24 PM

Seems to me like it's a bug in node. You might try

// in requires
var url = require('url');
var qs = require('querystring');

// later
var parts = url.parse(req.url, true);
parts.query['page'] = 25;
parts.query = qs.stringify(parts.query);
console.log("Link: ", url.format(parts));

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