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The Gorouter routes traffic coming into Cloud Foundry to the appropriate component, whether it is an operator addressing the Cloud Controller or an application user accessing an app running on a Diego Cell. The router is implemented in Go. Implementing a custom router in Go gives the router full control over every connection, which simplifies support for WebSockets and other types of traffic (for example, through HTTP CONNECT). A single process contains all routing logic, removing unnecessary latency.

Refer to the following instructions for help getting started with the Gorouter in a standalone environment.


$ git clone https://github.com/cloudfoundry/gorouter.git
$ cd gorouter
$ git submodule update --init
$ ./bin/go install router/router
$ gem install nats


# Start NATS server in daemon mode
$ nats-server -d

# Start gorouter
$ ./bin/router


The Gorouter receives route updates through NATS. By default, routes that have not been updated in two minutes are pruned. Therefore, to maintain an active route, you must ensure that the route is updated at least every two minutes. The format of these route updates is as follows:

  "host": "",
  "port": 4567,
  "uris": [
  "tags": {
    "another_key": "another_value",
    "some_key": "some_value"

Such a message can be sent to both the router.register subject to register URIs, and to the router.unregister subject to unregister URIs, respectively.

$ nohup ruby -rsinatra -e 'get("/") { "Hello!" }' &
$ nats-pub 'router.register' '{"host":"","port":4567,
Published [router.register] : '{"host":"","port":4567,
$ curl my_first_url.vcap.me:8080


The Gorouter provides /varz and /healthz http endpoints for monitoring.

The /routes endpoint returns the entire routing table as JSON. Each route has an associated array of host:port entries.

All of the endpoints require http basic authentication, credentials for which you can acquire through NATS. You can explicitly set the port, user and password (pass is the config attribute) in the gorouter.yml config file status section.

  port: 8080
  user: some_user
  pass: some_password

Example interaction with curl:

$ curl -vvv "http://someuser:somepass@"
* About to connect() to port 8080 (#0)
*   Trying
* Connected
* Connected to ( port 8080 (#0)
* Server auth using Basic with user 'someuser'
> GET /routes HTTP/1.1
> Authorization: Basic c29tZXVzZXI6c29tZXBhc3M=
> User-Agent: curl/7.24.0 (x86_64-apple-darwin12.0) libcurl/7.24.0 OpenSSL/0.9.8r zlib/1.2.5
> Host:
> Accept: */*
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Content-Type: application/json
< Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:31:27 GMT
< Transfer-Encoding: chunked
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