$input->urlSegment() method

Retrieve the URL segment with the given index (starting from 1)

  • URL segments must be enabled in the template settings (for template used by the page).
  • The index is 1 based (not 0 based).
  • If no index is provided, 1 is assumed.
  • The maximum segments allowed can be adjusted in your $config->maxUrlSegments setting.
  • URL segments are populated by ProcessWire automatically on each request.
  • URL segments are already sanitized as page names.


// Produce different output in template depending on URL segment
$action = $input->urlSegment(1);
if($action == 'photos') {
  // display photos
} else if($action == 'map') {
  // display map
} else if(strlen($action)) {
  // unknown action, throw a 404
  throw new Wire404Exception();
} else {
  // default or display main page


// basic usage
$string = $input->urlSegment();

// usage with all arguments
$string = $input->urlSegment(int $num = 1);


num (optional)int

Retrieve the n'th URL segment (default=1).

Return value


Returns URL segment value or a blank string if the specified index is not found.

See Also

$input methods and properties

API reference based on ProcessWire core version 3.0.137

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