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Using URLsΒΆ

CherryPy makes defining what happens for a given URL quite easy: you just give your Python objects the methods you need. In your templates and your code, you can just use the URLs based on how you’ve defined them for CherryPy.

Sometimes, however, the URLs you use are affected by the environment they’re in. For example, if your whole TurboGears site is running at, you’ll need to be sure that absolute URLs take that into account.

TurboGears provides a convenient url function to create these URLs. Let’s say you want to redirect to /view?id=5&page=10. You can call turbogears.url("/view", id=5, page=10) to get a URL that takes into account the top of the site. How does it know where the top of the site is? The server.webpath configuration variable will tell it where the top of your site is.

The url function is also available in templates as tg.url.

Future versions of TurboGears will also make it easy to wire up multiple TurboGears applications in one site. The url function already understands the concept of an application root and will generate absolute URLs relative to the application root.

Note: in order for the url function to recognize the application root, our root must extend from turbogears.controllers.RootController. It is also recommended that your controllers extend from turbogears.controllers.Controller.