Asp net mvc support for urls with hyphens

ASP.NET MVC is a powerful framework that allows developers to build web applications using the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architectural pattern. One common challenge that developers face is how to handle URLs with hyphens in ASP.NET MVC.

By default, ASP.NET MVC treats hyphens as separators between controller, action, and parameter names in the URL. However, there are scenarios you may want to include hyphens in your URLs, such as when you want to create SEO- URLs or when you are working with existing URLs that contain hyphens.

To solve this issue, you can use a custom route constraint in ASP.NET MVC. A route constraint is a class that implements the IRouteConstraint interface and is used to determine whether a route should be matched or not based on conditions.

Let's consider an example where we want to handle URLs with hyphens in the controller and action names. We can create a custom route constraint that allows hyphens in the URL segments. Here's how you can do it:

Step 1: Create a Custom Route Constraint

To create a custom route constraint, you need to create a class that implements the IRouteConstraint interface. Let's call it HyphenConstraint:

In the above code, we check if the value of the parameter a hyphen. If it does, we return true; otherwise, we return .

Step 2: Register the Custom Route Constraint

Once you have the custom route constraint, you need to register it in your application's route . Open the RouteConfig.cs file in the App_Start folder and add the following code:

public class RouteConfig
    public static void RegisterRoutes(RouteCollection routes)

            name: "HyphenRoute",
            url: "{controller}/{action}/{id}",
            defaults: new { controller = "Home", action = "Index", id = UrlParameter.Optional },
            : new { controller = new HyphenConstraint(), action = new HyphenConstraint() }

In the above code, we have added a new route called “HyphenRoute” that matches the controller, action, and optional id segments. We have also specified the custom route constraint for the controller and action parameters.

Step 3: Test the URLs with Hyphens

Now, you can test the URLs with hyphens in your ASP.NET MVC application. For example, if you have a controller called “Product-Category” and an action called “Edit-Product”, you can access them using the following URLs:


When the URL is matched, the controller and action methods will be executed.


Handling URLs with hyphens in ASP.NET MVC can be achieved by creating a custom route constraint. By implementing the IRouteConstraint interface, you can define the conditions for matching URLs with hyphens. This approach allows you to have more flexibility in handling URLs and can be useful in scenarios where you need to work with hyphenated URLs.

Remember to register the custom route constraint in your application's route configuration to that the URLs with hyphens are correctly handled.

Rate this post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Table of Contents