Url shortener does not recognize url [Solved]

I am working on my url-shortener and I got it to the point where it should take a url and return either an object : {“original url”:URL} or a message {“please enter a valid url”}

however, if I pass in a url, I get an error message : Cannot GET /new/http://www.mywebsite.com
In fact, I seem to get that message whenever the “url” I pass (regardless of whether it is a url) has any forward-slashes.

What can I do?

Here is the relevant code:

  var isUrl = /(http|https):\/\/(\w+:{0,1}\w*@)?(\S+)(:[0-9]+)?(\/|\/([\w#!:.?+=&%@!\-\/]))?/;
    res.json({"original url":url})
  } else {
    res.json("Please enter a valid url")}
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I used a node module

var validUrl = require(‘valid-url’);

You can see the whole code here https://github.com/Nepherius/FCC-API-Challenge/blob/master/app/routes.js#L66

Ok, thanks. I figured it out.
It wasn’t a validation problem, I just wasn’t getting the full url from the :url param. I ended up taking req.originalUrl and removing everything before the actual url. It worked.

Now all I need is a database.

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Just use mongoose, it can’t get easier than that.

I think I had the same issue with capturing the long URL in the POST call to the API. Using a star enables you to capture the full value of the parameter.

app.post("/*", (req, res) => {
    const longUrl = req.params['0']; 
    // when calling localhost:3000/http://www.google.com
    // longUrl = 'http://www.google.com'

    // ...