Umbraco Api - Routing & Urls

How api controllers are routed and how to retrieve their URLs

This section will describe how Umbraco Api controllers are routed and how to retrieve their URLs


UmbracoApiController is removed in Umbraco 14. The replacement for this is UmbracoManagementApiControllerBase.

Like Surface Controllers in Umbraco, when you inherit from the base class Umbraco.Cms.Web.Common.Controllers.UmbracoApiController we will auto-route this controller so you don't have to worry about routing at all.

All locally declared Umbraco api controllers will be routed under the URL path of:


All plugin based Umbraco api controllers will be routed under the URL path of:



We've added some handy UrlHelper extension methods to help you retrieve the Url of your Umbraco Api controllers. The extension methods are found in the class: Umbraco.Extensions.UrlHelperExtensions so you'll need to ensure you have the namespace Umbraco.Extensions imported. You will also need to inject UmbracoApiControllerTypeCollection, if you want to use any of the overloads that require it.

The method overloads are:

string GetUmbracoApiService<T>(UmbracoApiControllerTypeCollection umbracoApiControllerTypeCollection, string actionName)
string GetUmbracoApiService<T>(UmbracoApiControllerTypeCollection umbracoApiControllerTypeCollection, Expression<Func<T, object>> methodSelector)
string GetUmbracoApiService(UmbracoApiControllerTypeCollection umbracoApiControllerTypeCollection, string actionName, Type apiControllerType)
string GetUmbracoApiService(string actionName, string controllerName)
string GetUmbracoApiService(string actionName, string controllerName, string area)

The most consistent way to retrieve a Url is to use your controller's type, and an expression to select the action. Example of retrieving a URL in a view:

@using RoutingDocs.ApiControllers
@inject Umbraco.Cms.Core.UmbracoApiControllerTypeCollection _controllers;

@(Url.GetUmbracoApiService<ProductsController>(_controllers, controller => controller.GetAllProducts()))

Generally a UrlHelper instance will be available on most base classes like Controllers and Views, and you shouldn't have to create it manually, but if you need to you can, by injecting IUrlHelperFactory and IActionContextAccessor and then use the factory like so:

var urlHelper = _urlFactory.GetUrlHelper(_actionContextAccessor.ActionContext);
var url = urlHelper.GetUmbracoApiService("GetAllProducts", "Products");

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