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Setting Up Routing and Navigation in Angular

Alka Vats
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Routing and navigation are essential aspects of building modern web applications, allowing users to navigate between different views or pages seamlessly. Angular provides a powerful built-in routing system that enables developers to set up and manage navigation effortlessly. In this blog, we will explore how to set up routing and navigation in Angular, including configuring routes and creating navigation links with practical examples.

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Understanding Angular Routing

In Angular, routing is the process of defining and managing navigation between different components or views within the application. Each route corresponds to a specific URL and renders a corresponding component when the URL is matched. The Angular Router takes care of detecting the current URL and displaying the associated component.

Setting Up Routing in an Angular Application

Step 1: Create a New Angular Project

If you haven’t set up an Angular project yet, you can do so using Angular CLI. Open your terminal and run the following command:

ng new angular-routing-example
cd angular-routing-example

Step 2: Create Components

Next, create the components that will be associated with the different routes. For this example, we will create two components: HomeComponent and AboutComponent.

ng generate component home
ng generate component about

Step 3: Configure Routes

Open the app-routing.module.ts file, located inside the app folder. This is where you define and configure your application’s routes.

import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { RouterModule, Routes } from '@angular/router';
import { HomeComponent } from './home/home.component';
import { AboutComponent } from './about/about.component';

const routes: Routes = [
  { path: '', component: HomeComponent },
  { path: 'about', component: AboutComponent },
  // Add more routes here if needed

  imports: [RouterModule.forRoot(routes)],
  exports: [RouterModule]
export class AppRoutingModule { }

In this example, we’ve defined two routes: a default route ('') that points to the HomeComponent, and an ‘about’ route ('about') that points to the AboutComponent.

Step 4: Create Navigation Links

Open the app.component.html file, located inside the app folder. Here, we’ll add navigation links to navigate between the defined routes.

<h1>Welcome to My Angular App!</h1>
    <li><a routerLink="/">Home</a></li>
    <li><a routerLink="/about">About</a></li>


In the above code, we’ve used the routerLink directive to create navigation links. When the user clicks on the ‘Home’ or ‘About’ link, Angular will handle the navigation and render the corresponding component inside the <router-outlet>.

Step 5: Serve the Application

With the routing configured, you can now serve the application to see the navigation in action. Run the following command in your terminal:

ng serve

Open your web browser and navigate to http://localhost:4200/. You should see the ‘Home’ and ‘About’ links at the top of the page. Clicking on each link will render the respective component below the navigation links.

Configuring Routes with Parameters

You can also configure routes with parameters to make them more dynamic. For example, let’s add a ‘user’ route that takes a user ID as a parameter.

const routes: Routes = [
  { path: '', component: HomeComponent },
  { path: 'about', component: AboutComponent },
  { path: 'user/:id', component: UserComponent },

In this case, the UserComponent will receive the id parameter, and you can access it using Angular’s ActivatedRoute service.


Setting up routing and navigation in an Angular application is straightforward and allows users to navigate between different views seamlessly. By configuring routes and creating navigation links, you can build sophisticated and user-friendly web applications. In this blog, we explored how to set up routing in Angular, create navigation links, and configure routes with parameters.

As your application grows, you can add more routes and features to provide a richer user experience. By leveraging Angular’s routing capabilities, you can create powerful and dynamic web applications that deliver exceptional navigation and seamless transitions between different views. Happy coding with Angular routing and navigation!

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Alka Vats

Alka Vats

Alka Vats is a Software Consultant at Nashtech. She is passionate about web development. She is recognized as a good team player, a dedicated and responsible professional, and a technology enthusiast. She is a quick learner & curious to learn new technologies. Her hobbies include reading books, watching movies, and traveling.

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