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Beego supports custom filter middlewares. E.g.: user authentication and force redirection.

Activating Filters

Before filters can be used, filters must be activated.

Filters can be activated at the code level:

beego.BConfig.WebConfig.Session.SessionOn = true

Filters can also be activated in the configuration file:

SessionOn = true

Attempting to use a filter without activation will cause a Handler crashed with error runtime error: invalid memory address or nil pointer dereference error

Inserting Filters

A filter function can be inserted as follows:

beego.InsertFilter(pattern string, pos int, filter FilterFunc, params ...bool)

This is the FilterFunc signature:

type FilterFunc func(*context.Context)

The context must be imported if this has not already been done:

import ""

InsertFilter’s four parameters:

  • pattern: string or regex to match against router rules. Use /* to match all.
  • pos: the place to execute the Filter. There are five fixed parameters representing different execution processes.
    • beego.BeforeStatic: Before finding the static file.
    • beego.BeforeRouter: Before finding router.
    • beego.BeforeExec: After finding router and before executing the matched Controller.
    • beego.AfterExec: After executing Controller.
    • beego.FinishRouter: After finishing router.
  • filter: filter function type FilterFunc func(*context.Context)
  • params[0] - skip: whether to continue running if has output. default is false.
  • params[1] - reset params: whether to reset parameters to their previous values after the filter has completed.

from beego version 1.3 AddFilter has been removed

Here is an example to authenticate if the user is logged in for all requests:

var FilterUser = func(ctx *context.Context) {
    if strings.HasPrefix(ctx.Input.URL(), "/login") {
    _, ok := ctx.Input.Session("uid").(int)
    if !ok {
        ctx.Redirect(302, "/login")

beego.InsertFilter("/*", beego.BeforeRouter, FilterUser)

Filters which use session must be executed after BeforeRouter because session is not initialized before that. Beego session module must be enabled first. (see Session control)

Filters can be run against requests which use a regex router rule for matching:

var FilterUser = func(ctx *context.Context) {
    _, ok := ctx.Input.Session("uid").(int)
    if !ok {
        ctx.Redirect(302, "/login")
beego.InsertFilter("/user/:id([0-9]+)", beego.BeforeRouter, FilterUser)

Filter Implementation UrlManager

Context.Input has new features RunController and RunMethod from beego version 1.1.2. These can control the router in the filter and skip the Beego router rule.

For example:

var UrlManager = func(ctx *context.Context) {
    // read urlMapping data from database
    urlMapping := model.GetUrlMapping()
    for baseurl,rule := range urlMapping {
        if baseurl == ctx.Request.RequestURI {
            ctx.Input.RunController = rule.controller
            ctx.Input.RunMethod = rule.method

beego.InsertFilter("/*", beego.BeforeRouter, UrlManager)
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