Add a routing file

Last updated on
21 September 2016

Back in your module's root folder, where the .info.yml file is located, add a new file called hello_world.routing.yml and add the following to it:

hello_world.content:
  path: '/hello'
  defaults:
    _controller: '\Drupal\hello_world\Controller\HelloController::content'
    _title: 'Hello World'
  requirements:
    _permission: 'access content'

Note that the space you reserve in the routing table for your module, the "hello_world" in hello_world.content on the first line, is not required to be the machine name you chose for your module. However, in order to be consistent across your routing and menu files, it is a best practice. The full entry name, hello_world.content, will be used in the next section, when adding a menu link, to wire that link into this routing table entry.

If you already have your module activated you will need to clear your site's cache from the user interface at admin/config/development/performance or using drush (drush cache-rebuild or drush cr). If not, go ahead and activate it.

Now navigate to the front page of your site, and then add /hello to your site's url in the address bar. You should see a page with the "Hello, World!" message on it.

Please note that you have to put proper indentation for the module.routing.yml file else you might encounter issue with drupal cache clearing.