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Vert.x Web API Contract extends Vert.x Web to support OpenAPI 3, bringing to you a simple interface to build your router and mount security and validation handler.

If you are interested in building an application that routes API Requests to event bus, check out Vert.x Web API Service

Using Vert.x API Contract

To use Vert.x API Contract, add the following dependency to the dependencies section of your build descriptor:

  • Maven (in your pom.xml):

<dependency>
 <groupId>io.vertx</groupId>
 <artifactId>vertx-web-api-contract</artifactId>
 <version>3.7.1</version>
</dependency>
  • Gradle (in your build.gradle file):

dependencies {
 compile 'io.vertx:vertx-web-api-contract:3.7.1'
}

HTTP Requests validation

Vert.x provides a validation framework that will validate requests for you and will put results of validation inside a container. To define a HTTPRequestValidationHandler:

HTTPRequestValidationHandler validationHandler = HTTPRequestValidationHandler.create().addQueryParam("parameterName", ParameterType.INT, true).addFormParamWithPattern("formParameterName", "a{4}", true).addPathParam("pathParam", ParameterType.FLOAT);

Then you can mount your validation handler:

router.route().handler(BodyHandler.create());

router.get("/awesome/:pathParam")
  // Mount validation handler
  .handler(validationHandler)
  //Mount your handler
  .handler((routingContext) -> {
    // Get Request parameters container
    RequestParameters params = routingContext.get("parsedParameters");

    // Get parameters
    Integer parameterName = params.queryParameter("parameterName").getInteger();
    String formParameterName = params.formParameter("formParameterName").getString();
    Float pathParam = params.pathParameter("pathParam").getFloat();
  })

  //Mount your failure handler
  .failureHandler((routingContext) -> {
    Throwable failure = routingContext.failure();
    if (failure instanceof ValidationException) {
      // Something went wrong during validation!
      String validationErrorMessage = failure.getMessage();
    }
  });

If validation succeeds, It returns request parameters inside RequestParameters, otherwise It will throw a fail inside RoutingContext with 400 status code and ValidationException failure.

Types of request parameters

Every parameter has a type validator, a class that describes the expected type of parameter. A type validator validates the value, casts it in required language type and then loads it inside a RequestParameter object. There are three ways to describe the type of your parameter:

Handling parameters

Now you can handle parameter values:

RequestParameters params = routingContext.get("parsedParameters");
RequestParameter awesomeParameter = params.queryParameter("awesomeParameter");
if (awesomeParameter != null) {
  if (!awesomeParameter.isEmpty()) {
    // Parameter exists and isn't empty
    // ParameterTypeValidator mapped the parameter in equivalent language object
    Integer awesome = awesomeParameter.getInteger();
  } else {
    // Parameter exists, but it's empty
  }
} else {
  // Parameter doesn't exist (it's not required)
}

As you can see, every parameter is mapped in respective language objects. You can also get a json body:

RequestParameter body = params.body();
if (body != null) {
  JsonObject jsonBody = body.getJsonObject();
}

Manage validation failures

A validation error fails the RoutingContext with 400 status code and ValidationException failure. You can manage these failures both at route level using failureHandler or at router level using errorHandler:

router.get("/awesome/:pathParam")
  // Mount validation handler
  .handler(validationHandler)
  //Mount your handler
  .handler((routingContext) -> {
    // Your logic
  })
  //Mount your failure handler to manage the validation failure at path level
  .failureHandler((routingContext) -> {
    Throwable failure = routingContext.failure();
    if (failure instanceof ValidationException) {
      // Something went wrong during validation!
      String validationErrorMessage = failure.getMessage();
    }
  });

// Manage the validation failure for all routes in the router
router.errorHandler(400, routingContext -> {
  if (routingContext.failure() instanceof ValidationException) {
    // Something went wrong during validation!
    String validationErrorMessage = routingContext.failure().getMessage();
  } else {
    // Unknown 400 failure happened
    routingContext.response().setStatusCode(400).end();
  }
});

OpenAPI 3

Vert.x allows you to use your OpenAPI 3 specification directly inside your code using the design first approach. Vert.x-Web API Contract provides:

  • OpenAPI 3 compliant API specification validation with automatic loading of external Json schemas

  • Automatic request validation

  • Automatic mount of security validation handlers

You can also use the community project vertx-starter to generate server code from your OpenAPI 3 specification.

The Router Factory

You can create your web service based on OpenAPI 3 specification with OpenAPI3RouterFactory. This class, as name says, is a router factory based on your OpenAPI 3 specification. OpenAPI3RouterFactory is intended to give you a really simple user interface to use OpenAPI 3 related features. It includes:

  • Async loading of specification and its schema dependencies

  • Mount path with operationId or with combination of path and HTTP method

  • Automatic generation of validation handlers

  • Automatic conversion between OpenAPI style paths and Vert.x style paths

  • Lazy methods: operations are mounted in declaration order inside specification

  • Automatic mount of security handlers

Create a new router factory

To create a new router factory, use method OpenAPI3RouterFactory.create. As location It accepts absolute paths, local paths and local or remote URLs (HTTP or file protocol).

For example to load a spec from the local filesystem:

OpenAPI3RouterFactory.create(vertx, "src/main/resources/petstore.yaml", ar -> {
  if (ar.succeeded()) {
    // Spec loaded with success
    OpenAPI3RouterFactory routerFactory = ar.result();
  } else {
    // Something went wrong during router factory initialization
    Throwable exception = ar.cause();
  }
});

You can also construct a router factory from a remote spec:

OpenAPI3RouterFactory.create(
  vertx,
  "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/OAI/OpenAPI-Specification/master/examples/v3.0/petstore.yaml",
  ar -> {
    if (ar.succeeded()) {
      // Spec loaded with success
      OpenAPI3RouterFactory routerFactory = ar.result();
    } else {
      // Something went wrong during router factory initialization
      Throwable exception = ar.cause();
    }
  });

Or, you can also access a private remote spec by passing one or more AuthorizationValue:

AuthorizationValue authorizationValue = new AuthorizationValue()
  .type("header")
  .keyName("Authorization")
  .value("Bearer xx.yy.zz");
List<JsonObject> authorizations = Collections.singletonList(JsonObject.mapFrom(authorizationValue));
OpenAPI3RouterFactory.create(
  vertx,
  "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/OAI/OpenAPI-Specification/master/examples/v3.0/petstore.yaml",
  authorizations,
  ar -> {
    if (ar.succeeded()) {
      // Spec loaded with success
      OpenAPI3RouterFactory routerFactory = ar.result();
    } else {
      // Something went wrong during router factory initialization
      Throwable exception = ar.cause();
    }
  });

You can also modify the behaviours of the router factory with RouterFactoryOptions.

Mount the handlers

Now load your first operation handlers. To load an handler use addHandlerByOperationId. To load a failure handler use addFailureHandlerByOperationId

You can, of course, add multiple handlers to same operation, without overwrite the existing ones.

For example:

routerFactory.addHandlerByOperationId("awesomeOperation", routingContext -> {
  RequestParameters params = routingContext.get("parsedParameters");
  RequestParameter body = params.body();
  JsonObject jsonBody = body.getJsonObject();
  // Do something with body
});
routerFactory.addFailureHandlerByOperationId("awesomeOperation", routingContext -> {
  // Handle failure
});

Now you can use parameter values as described above

Define security handlers

A security handler is defined by a combination of schema name and scope. You can mount only one security handler for a combination. For example:

routerFactory.addSecurityHandler("security_scheme_name", securityHandler);

You can of course use included Vert.x security handlers, for example:

routerFactory.addSecurityHandler("jwt_auth", JWTAuthHandler.create(jwtAuthProvider));

When you generate the Router the Router Factory fails if For debugging/testing purpose

Not Implemented Error

Router Factory automatically mounts a default handler for operations without a specified handler. This default handler fails the routing context with 501 Not Implemented error. You can enable/disable it with setMountNotImplementedHandler and you can customize this error handling with errorHandler

Response Content Type Handler

Router Factory automatically mounts a ResponseContentTypeHandler handler when contract requires it. You can disable this feature with setMountResponseContentTypeHandler

Operation model

If you need to access to your operation contract while handling the request, you can configure the router factory to push it inside the RoutingContext with setOperationModelKey. For example:

options.setOperationModelKey("operationPOJO");
routerFactory.setOptions(options);

// Add an handler that uses the operation model
routerFactory.addHandlerByOperationId("listPets", routingContext -> {
  io.swagger.v3.oas.models.Operation operation = routingContext.get("operationPOJO");

  routingContext
    .response()
    .setStatusCode(200)
    .setStatusMessage("OK")
    // Write the response with operation id "listPets"
    .end(operation.getOperationId());
});

Body Handler

Router Factory automatically mounts a BodyHandler to manage request bodies. You can configure the instance of BodyHandler (e.g. to change upload directory) with setBodyHandler.

multipart/form-data validation

The validation handler separates file uploads and form attributes as explained:

  • If the parameter doesn’t have an encoding associated field:

    • If the parameter has type: string and format: base64 or format: binary is a file upload with content-type application/octet-stream

    • Otherwise is a form attribute

  • If the parameter has the encoding associated field is a file upload

The form attributes are parsed and validated as other request parameters, while for file uploads the validation handler just checks the existence and the content type.

Custom global handlers

If you need to mount handlers that must be executed for each operationin your router before the operation specific handlers, you can use addGlobalHandler

Router factory handlers mount order

Handlers are loaded by the router factory in this order:

  1. Body handler

  2. Custom global handlers

  3. Global security handlers defined in upper spec level

  4. Operation specific security handlers

  5. Generated validation handler

  6. User handlers or "Not implemented" handler (if enabled)

Generate the router

When you are ready, generate the router and use it:

Router router = routerFactory.getRouter();

HttpServer server = vertx.createHttpServer(new HttpServerOptions().setPort(8080).setHost("localhost"));
server.requestHandler(router).listen();

This method can fail with a RouterFactoryException if you didn’t provide the required security handlers.

RxJava 2 API

The Web API Contract provides an rxified version of APIs

Here is a complete example:

OpenAPI3RouterFactory
  .rxCreate(vertx, "src/main/resources/petstore.yaml")
  .flatMap(routerFactory -> {
    // Spec loaded with success. router factory contains OpenAPI3RouterFactory
    // Set router factory options.
    RouterFactoryOptions options = new RouterFactoryOptions().setOperationModelKey("openapi_model");
    // Mount the options
    routerFactory.setOptions(options);
    // Add an handler with operationId
    routerFactory.addHandlerByOperationId("listPets", routingContext -> {
      // Handle listPets operation
      routingContext.response().setStatusMessage("Called listPets").end();
    });

    // Add a security handler
    routerFactory.addSecurityHandler("api_key", JWTAuthHandler.create(jwtAuth));

    // Now you have to generate the router
    Router router = routerFactory.getRouter();

    // Now you can use your Router instance
    HttpServer server = vertx.createHttpServer(new HttpServerOptions().setPort(8080).setHost("localhost"));
    return server.requestHandler(router).rxListen();
  })
  .subscribe(httpServer -> {
    // Server up and running
  }, throwable -> {
    // Error during router factory instantiation or http server start
  });