Overview 🔗

Middleware is a function chained in the HTTP request-response cycle with access to Echo#Context which it uses to perform a specific action, for example, logging every request or limiting the number of requests.

Handler is processed in the end after all middleware are finished executing.

Middleware registered using Echo#Use() is executed for paths which are registered both before and after Echo#Use() has been called. These middlewares are executed along with the group and handler middlewares after routing has done.

Levels 🔗

Root Level (Before router) 🔗

Echo#Pre() can be used to register a middleware which is executed before router processes the request. It is helpful to make any changes to the request properties, for example, adding or removing a trailing slash from the path so it matches the route.

The following built-in middleware should be registered at this level:

  • HTTPSRedirect
  • HTTPSWWWRedirect
  • WWWRedirect
  • NonWWWRedirect
  • AddTrailingSlash
  • RemoveTrailingSlash
  • MethodOverride
  • Rewrite

As router has not processed the request, middleware at this level won’t have access to any path related API from echo.Context.

Root Level (After router) 🔗

Most of the time you will register a middleware at this level using Echo#Use(). This middleware is executed after router processes the request and has full access to echo.Context API.

The following built-in middleware should be registered at this level:

  • BodyLimit
  • Logger
  • Gzip
  • Recover
  • BasicAuth
  • JWTAuth
  • Secure
  • CORS
  • Static

Group Level 🔗

When creating a new group, you can register middleware just for that group. For example, you can have an admin group which is secured by registering a BasicAuth middleware for it.


e := echo.New()
admin := e.Group("/admin", middleware.BasicAuth())

You can also add a middleware after creating a group via admin.Use().

Route Level 🔗

When defining a new route, you can optionally register middleware just for it.


e := echo.New()
e.GET("/", <Handler>, <Middleware...>)

Skipping Middleware 🔗

There are cases when you would like to skip a middleware based on some condition, for that each middleware has an option to define a function Skipper func(c echo.Context) bool.


e := echo.New()
	Skipper: func(c echo.Context) bool {
		if strings.HasPrefix(c.Request().Host, "localhost") {
			return true
		return false

Example above skips Logger middleware when request host starts with localhost.

Writing Custom Middleware 🔗