Angular All slashes in URL changed to %2F

Problem

I'm having a massive problem with Angular routing.

Up until recently everything has been fine with the following route:

$routeProvider.when('/album/:albumId', {
    controller: 'albumPageController',
    templateUrl: 'views/album.html'
});

and using the href:

<a href="/#/album/{{album.id}}">Link</a>

However, now all of the slashes are being encoded into %2F.

So when I click the link, or type localhost:8000/#/album/1 into the browser, the URL is changed to:

http://localhost:8000/#%2Falbum%2F1

I've tried several things to correct this:

Using ng-href instead of href, Not using the first / (ie href="#/album/{{album.id}}") Running the app in Homestead localhost (Laravel's linux vagrant machine) instead of localhost on Windows 10

Any help would be much appreciated!

Problem courtesy of: MC123

Solution

%2F is the percent-encoding for the forward-slash / character.

This problem is related to the fact that AngularJS 1.6 has changed the default for hash-bang urls in the $location service.

To revert to the previous behavior:

appModule.config(['$locationProvider', function($locationProvider) {
  $locationProvider.hashPrefix('');
}]);

For more information, see SO: angularjs 1.6.0 (latest now) routes not working.

Solution courtesy of: georgeawg

Discussion

A bit late to the party but adding a '!' to your URLs will work just fine. This bothered me for a bit as well. This is a change in the latest AngularJS 1.6.x and I read somewhere that Google requires SPAs to have that '!' after the hash. As a result my routes look as they should but my navigation makes sure I add '!' in my references. For example:

<ul>
    <li><a href="#!/">Home</a></li>
    <li><a href="#!/page2">Page 2</a></li>
    <li><a href="#!/page3">Page 3</a></li>
    <li><a href="#!/page4">Page 4</a></li>
</ul>

I hope this helps you.

Regards!

Discussion courtesy of: realnsleo

slash encoding can be disabled:

$urlMatcherFactoryProvider.type('SlashFix', {
  raw:    true,
});


$stateProvider
      .state('content',{
       url: '/{slug:SlashFix}'
       ...

      })

as described here https://www.coditty.com/code/angular-ui-router-replacing-slash-with-2f-quick-fix

Discussion courtesy of: Igor Simic

The most simple solution is to add a ! to client-side URLs (if not using HTML5 mode, which you probably do if you're here).

Client-side, update URLS like this:

#/foo/bar > #!/foo/bar

And since you keep the #, there is no issue of conflict with server-side routing. Everyone happy.

Discussion courtesy of: Overdrivr

Remove the hash symbol from the link, since you are using html5mode you do not need a hash symbol for routing

<a href="/#/album/{{album.id}}">Link</a>

becomes

<a href="/album/{{album.id}}">Link</a>
Discussion courtesy of: Umer Z

For me, i fixed the problem with @Igor Simic and @Umer Z solution :

app.config(function($locationProvider) {

$locationProvider.hashPrefix('');
$locationProvider.html5Mode({
    enabled: false,
    requireBase: true
  });
});

<a href="#/mylink/"> <span>MyLink</span></a>

Which give : http://blablabla.co:8888/blabla#/mylink/

Hope this help.

Discussion courtesy of: Nizardinho

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