The route template separator character '/' cannot appear consecutively - Attribute routing issue

The configuration has nothing to do with the error

This is my configuration for the Web API in App_Start/WebApiConfig.cs:

public static void Register(HttpConfiguration config)
        // Web API routes

            name: "DefaultApi",
            routeTemplate: "api/{controller}/{id}",
            defaults: new { id = RouteParameter.Optional }

And this is my global.asax class:

This is the error

But whenever the application is starting, I get this exception:

The route template separator character '/' cannot appear consecutively. It must be separated by either a parameter or a literal value


at System.Web.Http.Routing.RouteParser.Parse(String routeTemplate)
at System.Web.Http.Routing.DirectRouteFactoryContext.CreateBuilder(String template, IInlineConstraintResolver constraintResolver)
at System.Web.Http.Routing.DirectRouteFactoryContext.CreateBuilderInternal(String template)
at System.Web.Http.Routing.DirectRouteFactoryContext.CreateBuilder(String template)
at System.Web.Http.RouteAttribute.System.Web.Http.Routing.IDirectRouteFactory.CreateRoute(DirectRouteFactoryContext context)
at System.Web.Http.Routing.AttributeRoutingMapper.CreateRouteEntry(String prefix, IDirectRouteFactory factory, IReadOnlyCollection`1 actions, IInlineConstraintResolver constraintResolver, Boolean targetIsAction)
at System.Web.Http.Routing.AttributeRoutingMapper.AddRouteEntries(SubRouteCollection collector, String prefix, IReadOnlyCollection`1 factories, IReadOnlyCollection`1 actions, IInlineConstraintResolver constraintResolver, Boolean targetIsAction)
at System.Web.Http.Routing.AttributeRoutingMapper.AddRouteEntries(SubRouteCollection collector, HttpControllerDescriptor controller, IInlineConstraintResolver constraintResolver)
at System.Web.Http.Routing.AttributeRoutingMapper.AddRouteEntries(SubRouteCollection collector, HttpConfiguration configuration, IInlineConstraintResolver constraintResolver)
at System.Web.Http.Routing.AttributeRoutingMapper.<>c__DisplayClass2.<>c__DisplayClass4.<MapAttributeRoutes>b__1()
at System.Web.Http.Routing.RouteCollectionRoute.EnsureInitialized(Func`1 initializer)
at System.Web.Http.Routing.AttributeRoutingMapper.<>c__DisplayClass2.<MapAttributeRoutes>b__0(HttpConfiguration config)
at System.Web.Http.HttpConfiguration.EnsureInitialized()
at System.Web.Http.GlobalConfiguration.Configure(Action`1 configurationCallback)
at Sample.Rest.WebHost.WebApiApplication.Application_Start() in d:\sample\Sample.Rest.WebHost\Global.asax.cs:line 33
The error is caused by the Route attribute

This is how I am using attribute routing on my controller:

public class MarketController : ApiController
    public IHttpActionResult TickerInfo(string currencyPair)


The reason for the above error is that I am using an additional '/' in the route attribute for the action. The action defined in the above controller should be as follows:

    public IHttpActionResult TickerInfo(string currencyPair)

I've got the same error with two (or more) slashes.


It's easy to happen when you change the string.

I got the same error however it was caused by the ActionName attribute in my case.

public void Get(string code)

Although this broke the Help pages I was still able to reach the endpoint api/controller?code=123. When I removed the ActionName attribute the error disappeared.

I was receiving this issue with a combination of a [RoutePrefix] and a [Route] on an action.


on the action I had

[HttpPost, Route("{someVariable:int}"]

When I changed: [RoutePrefix("/api/my/application")]to[RoutePrefix("api/my/application")] everything was fine.

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