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Project routing settings

So, we’ve created a Beego project and ran it in the previous section. But how does it work? Let’s investigate from the main file (main.go):

package main

import (
        _ "quickstart/routers"

func main() {

At first, the code imports the package quickstart/routers. Let’s have a look there (routers/router.go):

package routers

import (

func init() {
        beego.Router("/", &controllers.MainController{})

In total, there are two relevant lines here. The first one registers the router by calling beego.Router and the second one is beego.Run. What did these two lines do?

  1. Actually beego.Router registered an address. The first argument is the request uri, which is / here. This means that the request doesn’t have any uri. The second argument is the Controller that will handle the requests for this uri. We can also register a router like this:

    beego.Router("/user", &controllers.UserController{})

    The user can then visit /user to invoke the logic in UserController. That’s how easy routers are. For further information on router usage please see beego router settings.

  2. After beego.Run is executed, we can see that it’s listening on the port. Behind the scenes, it did a lot of work:

    • Parsing the configuration file
      Beego will parse the configuration file app.conf in conf folder. There we can change the port, enable session management and change the application’s name by setting the corresponding options.

    • Initializing the user session
      Beego will initialize the user session, depending on the setting in the configuration file.

    • Compiling the views
      Beego will compile the views in the views folder when it’s starting so as to avoid compiling them multiple times, which is definitely more efficient.

    • Starting the supervisor module
      Beego has a very cool module which is called supervisor module. We can see the QPS, cpu, memory, GC, goroutine and thread information by visiting port 8088.

    • Listening on the service port
      This last step gets Beego listening for the http requests on port 8080. It takes advantage of goroutines by calling ListenAndServe.

    • After everything is running, our server will serve incoming requests from port 8080 and supervising from port 8088.

We saw the whole process of running a Beego project and some other functions. Let’s see how the controller works in the next section.

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