Version History
v12.2.0Middleware is stable
v12.0.9Enforce absolute URLs in Edge Runtime (PR)
v12.0.0Middleware (Beta) added

Middleware allows you to run code before a request is completed, then based on the incoming request, you can modify the response by rewriting, redirecting, adding headers, or setting cookies.

Middleware runs before cached content, so you can personalize static files and pages. Common examples of Middleware would be authentication, A/B testing, localized pages, bot protection, and more. Regarding localized pages, you can start with i18n routing and implement Middleware for more advanced use cases.

Note: If you were using Middleware prior to 12.2, please see the upgrade guide.

Using Middleware

To begin using Middleware, follow the steps below:

  1. Install the latest version of Next.js:
npm install next@latest
  1. Create a middleware.ts (or .js) file at the root or in the src directory (same level as your pages)
  2. Export a middleware function from the middleware.ts file:
// middleware.ts
import { NextResponse } from 'next/server'
import type { NextRequest } from 'next/server'

// This function can be marked `async` if using `await` inside
export function middleware(request: NextRequest) {
  return NextResponse.redirect(new URL('/about-2', request.url))

// See "Matching Paths" below to learn more
export const config = {
  matcher: '/about/:path*',

Note the pageExtensions config affects middleware as well, see related documentation here.

Matching Paths

Middleware will be invoked for every route in your project. The following is the execution order:

  1. headers from next.config.js
  2. redirects from next.config.js
  3. Middleware (rewrites, redirects, etc.)
  4. beforeFiles (rewrites) from next.config.js
  5. Filesystem routes (public/, _next/static/, Pages, etc.)
  6. afterFiles (rewrites) from next.config.js
  7. Dynamic Routes (/blog/[slug])
  8. fallback (rewrites) from next.config.js

There are two ways to define which paths Middleware will run on:

  1. Custom matcher config
  2. Conditional statements


matcher allows you to filter Middleware to run on specific paths.

export const config = {
  matcher: '/about/:path*',

You can match a single path or multiple paths with an array syntax:

export const config = {
  matcher: ['/about/:path*', '/dashboard/:path*'],

The matcher config allows full regex so matching like negative lookaheads or character matching is supported. An example of a negative lookahead to match all except specific paths can be seen here:

export const config = {
  matcher: [
     * Match all request paths except for the ones starting with:
     * - api (API routes)
     * - static (static files)
     * - favicon.ico (favicon file)

Note: The matcher values need to be constants so they can be statically analyzed at build-time. Dynamic values such as variables will be ignored.

Configured matchers:

  1. MUST start with /
  2. Can include named parameters: /about/:path matches /about/a and /about/b but not /about/a/c
  3. Can have modifiers on named parameters (starting with :): /about/:path* matches /about/a/b/c because * is zero or more. ? is zero or one and + one or more
  4. Can use regular expression enclosed in parenthesis: /about/(.*) is the same as /about/:path*

Read more details on path-to-regexp documentation.

Note: For backward compatibility, Next.js always considers /public as /public/index. Therefore, a matcher of /public/:path will match.

Conditional Statements

// middleware.ts

import { NextResponse } from 'next/server'
import type { NextRequest } from 'next/server'

export function middleware(request: NextRequest) {
  if (request.nextUrl.pathname.startsWith('/about')) {
    return NextResponse.rewrite(new URL('/about-2', request.url))

  if (request.nextUrl.pathname.startsWith('/dashboard')) {
    return NextResponse.rewrite(new URL('/dashboard/user', request.url))


The NextResponse API allows you to:

  • redirect the incoming request to a different URL
  • rewrite the response by displaying a given URL
  • Set response cookies
  • Set response headers

To produce a response from Middleware, you should rewrite to a route (Page or Edge API Route) that produces a response.

Using Cookies

The cookies API extends Map and allows you to get, set, and delete cookies. It also includes methods like entries and values.

// middleware.ts
import { NextResponse } from 'next/server'
import type { NextRequest } from 'next/server'

export function middleware(request: NextRequest) {
  // Setting cookies on the response
  const response = NextResponse.next()
  response.cookies.set('vercel', 'fast')
  response.cookies.set('vercel', 'fast', { path: '/test' })

  // Getting cookies from the request
  const cookie = request.cookies.get('vercel')
  console.log(cookie) // => 'fast'
  const allCookies = request.cookies.entries()
  console.log(allCookies) // => [{ key: 'vercel', value: 'fast' }]
  const { value, options } = response.cookies.getWithOptions('vercel')
  console.log(value) // => 'fast'
  console.log(options) // => { Path: '/test' }

  // Deleting cookies

  return response