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package apidsl

import "github.com/goadesign/goa/design/apidsl"

Package apidsl implements the goa design language.

The goa design language provides a simple way to describe an API design. The language consists of global Go functions that can be nested to build up *definitions*. The root definition is the API definition. This definition is what the language builds as it executes. There are 3 other top level definitions: the resource, media type and type definitions all created using the corresponding global functions (Resource, MediaType and Type).

Resource definitions describe the API resources. This includes the default media type used to represent the resource as well as all the actions that can be run on it.

Media type definitions describe the media types used throughout the API. A media type describes the body of HTTP responses by listing their attributes (think object fields) in a recursive manner. This description can also include JSON schema-like validation rules that goa uses to produce validation code. A Media type definition also describes one or more *views* and for each view which fields to render. Finally a media type definition may also define *links* to other resources. The media type used to render the link on a resource defines a special "link" view used by default by goa to render the "links" child attributes.

The last top level definition is the type definition. Type definitions describe data structures in a similar way that media type definitions describe response body attributes. In fact, media type definitions are a special kind of type definitions that add views and links. Type definitions can be used to describe the request payloads as a whole or any attribute appearing anywhere (payloads, media types, headers, params etc.) and as with media type definitions they can include validation rules that goa leverages to validate attributes of that type.

Package apidsl also provides a generic DSL engine that other DSLs can plug into. Adding a DSL implementation consists of registering the root DSL object in the design package Roots variable. The runner iterates through all root DSL definitions and executes the definition sets they expose.

In general there should be one root definition per DSL (the built-in API DSL uses the APIDefinition as root definition). The root definition can in turn list sets of definitions where a set defines a unit of execution and allows to control the ordering of execution. Each definition set consists of a list of definitions. Definitions must implement the design.Definition interface and may additionally implement the design.Source and design.Validate interfaces.


Package Files

action.go api.go attribute.go current.go doc.go init.go media_type.go metadata.go resource.go response.go security.go type.go


var SupportedValidationFormats = []string{

SupportedValidationFormats lists the supported formats for use with the Format DSL.

func API Uses

func API(name string, dsl func()) *design.APIDefinition

API implements the top level API DSL. It defines the API name, default description and other default global property values. Here is an example showing all the possible API sub-definitions:

	API("API name", func() {
		Title("title")				// API title used in documentation
		Description("description")		// API description used in documentation
		Version("2.0")				// API version being described
		Contact(func() {			// API Contact information
			Name("contact name")
			Email("contact email")
			URL("contact URL")
		License(func() {			// API Licensing information
			Name("license name")
			URL("license URL")
	 	Docs(func() {
			Description("doc description")
			URL("doc URL")
		Host("goa.design")			// API hostname
		BasePath("/base/:param")		// Common base path to all API actions
		Params(func() {				// Common parameters to all API actions
		Origin("http://swagger.goa.design", func() { // Define CORS policy, may be prefixed with "*" wildcard
			Headers("X-Shared-Secret")           // One or more authorized headers, use "*" to authorize all
			Methods("GET", "POST")               // One or more authorized HTTP methods
			Expose("X-Time")                     // One or more headers exposed to clients
			MaxAge(600)                          // How long to cache a preflight request response
			Credentials()                        // Sets Access-Control-Allow-Credentials header
		Consumes("application/xml") // Built-in encoders and decoders
		Produces("application/json", func() {   // Custom encoder
		ResponseTemplate("static", func() {	// Response template for use by actions
		ResponseTemplate("dynamic", func(arg1, arg2 string) {
             NoExample()                             // Prevent automatic generation of examples
		Trait("Authenticated", func() {		// Traits define DSL that can be run anywhere
			Headers(func() {

func APIKeySecurity Uses

func APIKeySecurity(name string, dsl ...func()) *design.SecuritySchemeDefinition

APIKeySecurity defines an "apiKey" security scheme available throughout the API.


 APIKeySecurity("key", func() {
      Description("Shared secret")

func AccessCodeFlow Uses

func AccessCodeFlow(authorizationURL, tokenURL string)

AccessCodeFlow defines an "access code" OAuth2 flow. Use within an OAuth2Security definition.

func Action Uses

func Action(name string, dsl func())

Action implements the action definition DSL. Action definitions describe specific API endpoints including the URL, HTTP method and request parameters (via path wildcards or query strings) and payload (data structure describing the request HTTP body). An action belongs to a resource and "inherits" default values from the resource definition including the URL path prefix, default response media type and default payload attribute properties (inherited from the attribute with identical name in the resource default media type). Action definitions also describe all the possible responses including the HTTP status, headers and body. Here is an example showing all the possible sub-definitions:

Action("Update", func() {
    Description("Update account")
    Docs(func() {
        Description("Update docs")
        PUT("/:id"),                     // Action path is relative to parent resource base path
        PUT("//orgs/:org/accounts/:id"), // The // prefix indicates an absolute path
    Params(func() {                      // Params describe the action parameters
        Param("org", String)             // Parameters may correspond to path wildcards
        Param("id", Integer)
        Param("sort", func() {           // or URL query string values.
            Enum("asc", "desc")
    Security("oauth2", func() {          // Security sets the security scheme used to secure requests
    Headers(func() {                     // Headers describe relevant action headers
        Header("Authorization", String)
        Header("X-Account", Integer)
        Required("Authorization", "X-Account")
    Payload(UpdatePayload)                // Payload describes the HTTP request body
    // OptionalPayload(UpdatePayload)     // OptionalPayload defines an HTTP request body which may be omitted
    Response(NoContent)                   // Each possible HTTP response is described via Response

func ApplicationFlow Uses

func ApplicationFlow(tokenURL string)

ApplicationFlow defines an "application" OAuth2 flow. Use within an OAuth2Security definition.

func ArrayOf Uses

func ArrayOf(v interface{}, dsl ...func()) *design.Array

ArrayOf creates an array type from its element type. The result can be used anywhere a type can. Examples:

var Bottle = Type("bottle", func() {

var Bottles = ArrayOf(Bottle)

Action("update", func() {
	Params(func() {
		Param("ids", ArrayOf(Integer))
	Payload(ArrayOf(Bottle))  // Equivalent to Payload(Bottles)

ArrayOf accepts an optional DSL as second argument which allows providing validations for the elements of the array:

var Names = ArrayOf(String, func() {

If you are looking to return a collection of elements in a Response clause, refer to CollectionOf. ArrayOf creates a type, where CollectionOf creates a media type.

func Attribute Uses

func Attribute(name string, args ...interface{})

Attribute implements the attribute definition DSL. An attribute describes a data structure recursively. Attributes are used for describing request headers, parameters and payloads - response bodies and headers - media types and types. An attribute definition is recursive: attributes may include other attributes. At the basic level an attribute has a name, a type and optionally a default value and validation rules. The type of an attribute can be one of:

* The primitive types Boolean, Integer, Number, DateTime, UUID or String.

* A type defined via the Type function.

* A media type defined via the MediaType function.

* An object described recursively with child attributes.

* An array defined using the ArrayOf function.

* An hashmap defined using the HashOf function.

* The special type Any to indicate that the attribute may take any of the types listed above.

Attributes can be defined using the Attribute, Param, Member or Header functions depending on where the definition appears. The syntax for all these DSL is the same. Here are some examples:

Attribute("name")					// Defines an attribute of type String

Attribute("name", func() {
	Pattern("^foo")					// Adds a validation rule to the attribute

Attribute("name", Integer)				// Defines an attribute of type Integer

Attribute("name", Integer, func() {
	Default(42)					// With a default value

Attribute("name", Integer, "description")		// Specifies a description

Attribute("name", Integer, "description", func() {
	Enum(1, 2)					// And validation rules

Nested attributes:

Attribute("nested", func() {
	Attribute("child2", func() {
		// ....

Here are all the valid usage of the Attribute function:

Attribute(name string, dataType DataType, description string, dsl func())

Attribute(name string, dataType DataType, description string)

Attribute(name string, dataType DataType, dsl func())

Attribute(name string, dataType DataType)

Attribute(name string, dsl func())	// dataType is String or Object (if DSL defines child attributes)

Attribute(name string)			// dataType is String

func Attributes Uses

func Attributes(apidsl func())

Attributes implements the media type attributes apidsl. See MediaType.

func BasePath Uses

func BasePath(val string)

BasePath defines the API base path, i.e. the common path prefix to all the API actions. The path may define wildcards (see Routing for a description of the wildcard syntax). The corresponding parameters must be described using Params.

func BasicAuthSecurity Uses

func BasicAuthSecurity(name string, dsl ...func()) *design.SecuritySchemeDefinition

BasicAuthSecurity defines a "basic" security scheme for the API.


BasicAuthSecurity("password", func() {
    Description("Use your own password!")

func CONNECT Uses

func CONNECT(path string, dsl ...func()) *design.RouteDefinition

CONNECT creates a route using the CONNECT HTTP method.

func CanonicalActionName Uses

func CanonicalActionName(a string)

CanonicalActionName sets the name of the action used to compute the resource collection and resource collection items hrefs. See Resource.

func CollectionOf Uses

func CollectionOf(v interface{}, apidsl ...func()) *design.MediaTypeDefinition

CollectionOf creates a collection media type from its element media type. A collection media type represents the content of responses that return a collection of resources such as "list" actions. This function can be called from any place where a media type can be used. The resulting media type identifier is built from the element media type by appending the media type parameter "type" with value "collection".

func Consumes Uses

func Consumes(args ...interface{})

Consumes adds a MIME type to the list of MIME types the APIs supports when accepting requests. Consumes may also specify the path of the decoding package. The package must expose a DecoderFactory method that returns an object which implements goa.DecoderFactory.

func Contact Uses

func Contact(dsl func())

Contact sets the API contact information.

func ContentType Uses

func ContentType(typ string)

ContentType sets the value of the Content-Type response header. By default the ID of the media type is used.


func Credentials Uses

func Credentials()

Credentials sets the allow credentials response header. Used in Origin DSL.

func DELETE Uses

func DELETE(path string, dsl ...func()) *design.RouteDefinition

DELETE creates a route using the DELETE HTTP method.

func Default Uses

func Default(def interface{})

Default sets the default value for an attribute. See http://json-schema.org/latest/json-schema-validation.html#anchor10.

func DefaultMedia Uses

func DefaultMedia(val interface{}, viewName ...string)

DefaultMedia sets a resource default media type by identifier or by reference using a value returned by MediaType:

var _ = Resource("bottle", func() {
	// ...

var _ = Resource("region", func() {
	// ...

The default media type is used to build OK response definitions when no specific media type is given in the Response function call. The default media type is also used to set the default properties of attributes listed in action payloads and params. So if a media type defines an attribute "name" with associated validations then simply calling Attribute("name") inside a request Payload or Param defines the attribute with the same type and validations.

func Description Uses

func Description(d string)

Description sets the definition description. Description can be called inside API, Resource, Action or MediaType.

func Docs Uses

func Docs(dsl func())

Docs provides external documentation pointers.

func Email Uses

func Email(email string)

Email sets the contact email.

func Enum Uses

func Enum(val ...interface{})

Enum adds a "enum" validation to the attribute. See http://json-schema.org/latest/json-schema-validation.html#anchor76.

func Example Uses

func Example(exp interface{})

Example sets the example of an attribute to be used for the documentation:

Attributes(func() {
	Attribute("ID", Integer, func() {
	Attribute("name", String, func() {
		Example("Cabernet Sauvignon")
	Attribute("price", String) //If no Example() is provided, goa generates one that fits your specification

If you do not want an auto-generated example for an attribute, add NoExample() to it.

func Expose Uses

func Expose(vals ...string)

Expose sets the origin exposed headers. Used in Origin DSL.

func Files Uses

func Files(path, filename string, dsls ...func())

Files defines an API endpoint that serves static assets. The logic for what to do when the filename points to a file vs. a directory is the same as the standard http package ServeFile function. The path may end with a wildcard that matches the rest of the URL (e.g. *filepath). If it does the matching path is appended to filename to form the full file path, so:

Files("/index.html", "/www/data/index.html")

Returns the content of the file "/www/data/index.html" when requests are sent to "/index.html" and:

Files("/assets/*filepath", "/www/data/assets")

returns the content of the file "/www/data/assets/x/y/z" when requests are sent to "/assets/x/y/z". The file path may be specified as a relative path to the current path of the process. Files support setting a description, security scheme and doc links via additional DSL:

Files("/index.html", "/www/data/index.html", func() {
    Description("Serve home page")
    Docs(func() {
        Description("Download docs")
    Security("oauth2", func() {

func Format Uses

func Format(f string)

Format adds a "format" validation to the attribute. See http://json-schema.org/latest/json-schema-validation.html#anchor104. The formats supported by goa are:

"date-time": RFC3339 date time

"email": RFC5322 email address

"hostname": RFC1035 internet host name

"ipv4", "ipv6", "ip": RFC2373 IPv4, IPv6 address or either

"uri": RFC3986 URI

"mac": IEEE 802 MAC-48, EUI-48 or EUI-64 MAC address

"cidr": RFC4632 or RFC4291 CIDR notation IP address

"regexp": RE2 regular expression

func Function Uses

func Function(fn string)

Function sets the Go function name used to instantiate the encoder or decoder. Defaults to NewEncoder / NewDecoder.

func GET Uses

func GET(path string, dsl ...func()) *design.RouteDefinition

GET creates a route using the GET HTTP method.

func HEAD(path string, dsl ...func()) *design.RouteDefinition

HEAD creates a route using the HEAD HTTP method.

func HashOf Uses

func HashOf(k, v design.DataType) *design.Hash

HashOf creates a hash map from its key and element types. The result can be used anywhere a type can. Examples:

var Bottle = Type("bottle", func() {

var RatedBottles = HashOf(String, Bottle)

Action("updateRatings", func() {
	Payload(func() {
		Member("ratings", HashOf(String, Integer))  // Artificial examples...
		Member("bottles", RatedBottles)
func Header(name string, args ...interface{})

Header is an alias of Attribute for the most part.

Within an APIKeySecurity or JWTSecurity definition, Header defines that an implementation must check the given header to get the API Key. In this case, no `args` parameter is necessary.

func Headers Uses

func Headers(params ...interface{})

Headers implements the DSL for describing HTTP headers. The DSL syntax is identical to the one of Attribute. Here is an example defining a couple of headers with validations:

Headers(func() {
	Header("X-Account", Integer, func() {

Headers can be used inside Action to define the action request headers, Response to define the response headers or Resource to define common request headers to all the resource actions.

func Host Uses

func Host(host string)

Host sets the API hostname.

func ImplicitFlow Uses

func ImplicitFlow(authorizationURL string)

ImplicitFlow defines an "implicit" OAuth2 flow. Use within an OAuth2Security definition.

func JWTSecurity Uses

func JWTSecurity(name string, dsl ...func()) *design.SecuritySchemeDefinition

JWTSecurity defines an APIKey security scheme, with support for Scopes and a TokenURL.

Since Scopes and TokenURLs are not compatible with the Swagger specification, the swagger generator inserts comments in the description of the different elements on which they are defined.


JWTSecurity("jwt", func() {
    Scope("my_system:write", "Write to the system")
    Scope("my_system:read", "Read anything in there")

func License Uses

func License(dsl func())

License sets the API license information.

func Link(name string, view ...string)

Link adds a link to a media type. At the minimum a link has a name corresponding to one of the media type attribute names. A link may also define the view used to render the linked-to attribute. The default view used to render links is "link". Examples:

Link("origin")		// Use the "link" view of the "origin" attribute
Link("account", "tiny")	// Use the "tiny" view of the "account" attribute
func Links(apidsl func())

Links implements the media type links apidsl. See MediaType.

func MaxAge Uses

func MaxAge(val uint)

MaxAge sets the cache expiry for preflight request responses. Used in Origin DSL.

func MaxLength Uses

func MaxLength(val int)

MaxLength adss a "maxItems" validation to the attribute. See http://json-schema.org/latest/json-schema-validation.html#anchor42.

func Maximum Uses

func Maximum(val interface{})

Maximum adds a "maximum" validation to the attribute. See http://json-schema.org/latest/json-schema-validation.html#anchor17.

func Media Uses

func Media(val interface{}, viewName ...string)

Media sets a response media type by name or by reference using a value returned by MediaType:

Response("NotFound", func() {

If Media uses a media type defined in the design then it may optionally specify a view name:

Response("OK", func() {
	Media(BottleMedia, "tiny")

Specifying a media type is useful for responses that always return the same view.

Media can be used inside Response or ResponseTemplate.

func MediaType Uses

func MediaType(identifier string, apidsl func()) *design.MediaTypeDefinition

MediaType implements the media type definition DSL. A media type definition describes the representation of a resource used in a response body.

Media types are defined with a unique identifier as defined by RFC6838. The identifier also defines the default value for the Content-Type header of responses. The ContentType DSL allows overridding the default as shown in the example below.

The media type definition includes a listing of all the potential attributes that can appear in the body. Views specify which of the attributes are actually rendered so that the same media type definition may represent multiple rendering of a given resource representation.

All media types must define a view named "default". This view is used to render the media type in response bodies when no other view is specified.

A media type definition may also define links to other media types. This is done by first defining an attribute for the linked-to media type and then referring to that attribute in the Links DSL. Views may then elect to render one or the other or both. Links are rendered using the special "link" view. Media types that are linked to must define that view. Here is an example showing all the possible media type sub-definitions:

MediaType("application/vnd.goa.example.bottle", func() {
    Description("A bottle of wine")
    TypeName("BottleMedia")         // Override default generated name
    ContentType("application/json") // Override default Content-Type header value
    Attributes(func() {
        Attribute("id", Integer, "ID of bottle")
        Attribute("href", String, "API href of bottle")
        Attribute("account", Account, "Owner account")
        Attribute("origin", Origin, "Details on wine origin")
        Links(func() {
            Link("account")         // Defines link to Account media type
            Link("origin", "tiny")  // Set view used to render link if not "link"
        Required("id", "href")
    View("default", func() {
        Attribute("links")          // Renders links
    View("extended", func() {
        Attribute("account")        // Renders account inline
        Attribute("origin")         // Renders origin inline
        Attribute("links")          // Renders links

This function returns the media type definition so it can be referred to throughout the apidsl.

func Member Uses

func Member(name string, args ...interface{})

Member is an alias of Attribute.

func Metadata Uses

func Metadata(name string, value ...string)

Metadata is a set of key/value pairs that can be assigned to an object. Each value consists of a slice of strings so that multiple invocation of the Metadata function on the same target using the same key builds up the slice. Metadata may be set on attributes, media types, actions, responses, resources and API definitions.

While keys can have any value the following names are handled explicitly by goagen when set on attributes.

`struct:field:name`: overrides the Go struct field name generated by default by goagen. Applicable to attributes only.

Metadata("struct:field:name", "MyName")

`struct:field:type`: overrides the Go struct field type generated by default by goagen. The second optional tag value specifies the Go import path to the package defining the type if not built-in. Applicable to attributes only.

Metadata("struct:field:type", "[]byte")
Metadata("struct:field:type", "json.RawMessage", "encoding/json")
Metadata("struct:field:type", "mypackage.MyType", "github.com/me/mypackage")

`struct:tag:xxx`: sets the struct field tag xxx on generated Go structs. Overrides tags that goagen would otherwise set. If the metadata value is a slice then the strings are joined with the space character as separator. Applicable to attributes only.

Metadata("struct:tag:json", "myName,omitempty")
Metadata("struct:tag:xml", "myName,attr")

`swagger:generate`: specifies whether Swagger specification should be generated. Defaults to true. Applicable to resources, actions and file servers.

Metadata("swagger:generate", "false")

`swagger:summary`: sets the Swagger operation summary field. Applicable to actions.

Metadata("swagger:summary", "Short summary of what action does")

`swagger:tag:xxx`: sets the Swagger object field tag xxx. Applicable to resources and actions.

Metadata("swagger:tag:Backend:desc", "Quick description of what 'Backend' is")
Metadata("swagger:tag:Backend:url", "http://example.com")
Metadata("swagger:tag:Backend:url:desc", "See more docs here")

`swagger:extension:xxx`: sets the Swagger extensions xxx. It can have any valid JSON format value. Applicable to api as within the info and tag object, resource as within the paths object, action as within the path-item object, route as within the operation object, param as within the parameter object, response as within the response object and security as within the security-scheme object. See https://github.com/OAI/OpenAPI-Specification/blob/master/guidelines/EXTENSIONS.md.

Metadata("swagger:extension:x-api", `{"foo":"bar"}`)

The special key names listed above may be used as follows:

var Account = Type("Account", func() {
        Attribute("service", String, "Name of service", func() {
                // Override default name to avoid clash with built-in 'Service' field.
                Metadata("struct:field:name", "ServiceName")

func Methods Uses

func Methods(vals ...string)

Methods sets the origin allowed methods. Used in Origin DSL.

func MinLength Uses

func MinLength(val int)

MinLength adss a "minItems" validation to the attribute. See http://json-schema.org/latest/json-schema-validation.html#anchor45.

func Minimum Uses

func Minimum(val interface{})

Minimum adds a "minimum" validation to the attribute. See http://json-schema.org/latest/json-schema-validation.html#anchor21.

func Name Uses

func Name(name string)

Name sets the contact or license name.

func NoExample Uses

func NoExample()

NoExample sets the example of an attribute to be blank for the documentation. It is used when users don't want any custom or auto-generated example

func NoSecurity Uses

func NoSecurity()

NoSecurity resets the authentication schemes for an Action or a Resource. It also prevents fallback to Resource or API-defined Security.

func OAuth2Security Uses

func OAuth2Security(name string, dsl ...func()) *design.SecuritySchemeDefinition

OAuth2Security defines an OAuth2 security scheme. The child DSL must define one and exactly one flow. One of AccessCodeFlow, ImplicitFlow, PasswordFlow or ApplicationFlow. Each flow defines endpoints for retrieving OAuth2 authorization codes and/or refresh and access tokens. The endpoint URLs may be complete or may be just a path in which case the API scheme and host are used to build the full URL. See for example [Aaron Parecki's writeup](https://aaronparecki.com/2012/07/29/2/oauth2-simplified) for additional details on OAuth2 flows.

The OAuth2 DSL also allows for defining scopes that must be associated with the incoming request token for successful authorization.


OAuth2Security("googAuth", func() {
    AccessCodeFlow("/authorization", "/token")
 // ImplicitFlow("/authorization")
 // PasswordFlow("/token"...)
 // ApplicationFlow("/token")

    Scope("my_system:write", "Write to the system")
    Scope("my_system:read", "Read anything in there")

func OPTIONS Uses

func OPTIONS(path string, dsl ...func()) *design.RouteDefinition

OPTIONS creates a route using the OPTIONS HTTP method.

func OptionalPayload Uses

func OptionalPayload(p interface{}, dsls ...func())

OptionalPayload implements the action optional payload DSL. The function works identically to the Payload DSL except it sets a bit in the action definition to denote that the payload is not required. Example:

OptionalPayload(BottlePayload)		// Request payload is described by the BottlePayload type and is optional

func Origin Uses

func Origin(origin string, dsl func())

Origin defines the CORS policy for a given origin. The origin can use a wildcard prefix such as "https://*.mydomain.com". The special value "*" defines the policy for all origins (in which case there should be only one Origin DSL in the parent resource). The origin can also be a regular expression wrapped into "/". Example:

Origin("http://swagger.goa.design", func() { // Define CORS policy, may be prefixed with "*" wildcard
        Headers("X-Shared-Secret")           // One or more authorized headers, use "*" to authorize all
        Methods("GET", "POST")               // One or more authorized HTTP methods
        Expose("X-Time")                     // One or more headers exposed to clients
        MaxAge(600)                          // How long to cache a preflight request response
        Credentials()                        // Sets Access-Control-Allow-Credentials header

Origin("/(api|swagger)[.]goa[.]design/", func() {}) // Define CORS policy with a regular expression

func PATCH Uses

func PATCH(path string, dsl ...func()) *design.RouteDefinition

PATCH creates a route using the PATCH HTTP method.

func POST Uses

func POST(path string, dsl ...func()) *design.RouteDefinition

POST creates a route using the POST HTTP method.

func PUT Uses

func PUT(path string, dsl ...func()) *design.RouteDefinition

PUT creates a route using the PUT HTTP method.

func Package Uses

func Package(path string)

Package sets the Go package path to the encoder or decoder. It must be used inside a Consumes or Produces DSL.

func Param Uses

func Param(name string, args ...interface{})

Param is an alias of Attribute.

func Params Uses

func Params(dsl func())

Params describe the action parameters, either path parameters identified via wildcards or query string parameters if there is no corresponding path parameter. Each parameter is described via the Param function which uses the same DSL as the Attribute DSL. Here is an example:

Params(func() {
	Param("id", Integer)		// A path parameter defined using e.g. GET("/:id")
	Param("sort", String, func() {	// A query string parameter
		Enum("asc", "desc")

Params can be used inside Action to define the action parameters, Resource to define common parameters to all the resource actions or API to define common parameters to all the API actions.

If Params is used inside Resource or Action then the resource base media type attributes provide default values for all the properties of params with identical names. For example:

var BottleMedia = MediaType("application/vnd.bottle", func() {
    Attributes(func() {
        Attribute("name", String, "The name of the bottle", func() {
            MinLength(2) // BottleMedia has one attribute "name" which is a
                         // string that must be at least 2 characters long.
    View("default", func() {

var _ = Resource("Bottle", func() {
    DefaultMedia(BottleMedia) // Resource "Bottle" uses "BottleMedia" as default
    Action("show", func() {   // media type.
        Params(func() {
            Param("name") // inherits type, description and validation from
                          // BottleMedia "name" attribute

func Parent Uses

func Parent(p string)

Parent sets the resource parent. The parent resource is used to compute the path to the resource actions as well as resource collection item hrefs. See Resource.

func PasswordFlow Uses

func PasswordFlow(tokenURL string)

PasswordFlow defines a "password" OAuth2 flow. Use within an OAuth2Security definition.

func Pattern Uses

func Pattern(p string)

Pattern adds a "pattern" validation to the attribute. See http://json-schema.org/latest/json-schema-validation.html#anchor33.

func Payload Uses

func Payload(p interface{}, dsls ...func())

Payload implements the action payload DSL. An action payload describes the HTTP request body data structure. The function accepts either a type or a DSL that describes the payload members using the Member DSL which accepts the same syntax as the Attribute DSL. This function can be called passing in a type, a DSL or both. Examples:

Payload(BottlePayload)		// Request payload is described by the BottlePayload type

Payload(func() {		// Request payload is an object and is described inline

Payload(BottlePayload, func() {	// Request payload is described by merging the inline
	Required("Name")	// definition into the BottlePayload type.

func Produces Uses

func Produces(args ...interface{})

Produces adds a MIME type to the list of MIME types the APIs can encode responses with. Produces may also specify the path of the encoding package. The package must expose a EncoderFactory method that returns an object which implements goa.EncoderFactory.

func Query Uses

func Query(parameterName string)

Query defines that an APIKeySecurity or JWTSecurity implementation must check in the query parameter named "parameterName" to get the api key.

func Reference Uses

func Reference(t design.DataType)

Reference sets a type or media type reference. The value itself can be a type or a media type. The reference type attributes define the default properties for attributes with the same name in the type using the reference. So for example if a type is defined as such:

var Bottle = Type("bottle", func() {
	Attribute("name", func() {
	Attribute("vintage", Integer, func() {

Declaring the following media type:

var BottleMedia = MediaType("vnd.goa.bottle", func() {
	Attributes(func() {
		Attribute("id", Integer)

defines the "name" and "vintage" attributes with the same type and validations as defined in the Bottle type.

func Required Uses

func Required(names ...string)

Required adds a "required" validation to the attribute. See http://json-schema.org/latest/json-schema-validation.html#anchor61.

func Resource Uses

func Resource(name string, dsl func()) *design.ResourceDefinition

Resource implements the resource definition dsl. There is one resource definition per resource exposed by the API. The resource dsl allows setting the resource default media type. This media type is used to render the response body of actions that return the OK response (unless the action overrides the default). The default media type also sets the properties of the request payload attributes with the same name. See DefaultMedia.

The resource dsl also allows listing the supported resource collection and resource collection item actions. Each action corresponds to a specific API endpoint. See Action.

The resource dsl can also specify a parent resource. Parent resources have two effects. First, they set the prefix of all resource action paths to the parent resource href. Note that actions can override the path using an absolute path (that is a path starting with "//"). Second, goa uses the parent resource href coupled with the resource BasePath if any to build hrefs to the resource collection or resource collection items. By default goa uses the show action if present to compute a resource href (basically concatenating the parent resource href with the base path and show action path). The resource definition may specify a canonical action via CanonicalActionName to override that default. Here is an example of a resource definition:

Resource("bottle", func() {
	Description("A wine bottle")	// Resource description
	DefaultMedia(BottleMedia)	// Resource default media type
	BasePath("/bottles")		// Common resource action path prefix if not ""
	Parent("account")		// Name of parent resource if any
	CanonicalActionName("get")	// Name of action that returns canonical representation if not "show"
	UseTrait("Authenticated")	// Included trait if any, can appear more than once

	Origin("http://swagger.goa.design", func() { // Define CORS policy, may be prefixed with "*" wildcard
		Headers("X-Shared-Secret")           // One or more authorized headers, use "*" to authorize all
		Methods("GET", "POST")               // One or more authorized HTTP methods
		Expose("X-Time")                     // One or more headers exposed to clients
		MaxAge(600)                          // How long to cache a preflight request response
		Credentials()                        // Sets Access-Control-Allow-Credentials header

	Response(Unauthorized, ErrorMedia) // Common responses to all actions
	Response(BadRequest, ErrorMedia)

	Action("show", func() {		// Action definition, can appear more than once
		// ... Action dsl

func Response Uses

func Response(name string, paramsAndDSL ...interface{})

Response implements the response definition DSL. Response takes the name of the response as first parameter. goa defines all the standard HTTP status name as global variables so they can be readily used as response names. The response body data type can be specified as second argument. If a type is specified it overrides any type defined by in the response media type. Response also accepts optional arguments that correspond to the arguments defined by the corresponding response template (the response template with the same name) if there is one, see ResponseTemplate.

A response may also optionally use an anonymous function as last argument to specify the response status code, media type and headers overriding what the default response or response template specifies:

Response(OK, "text/plain")              // OK response template accepts one argument:
                                        // the media type identifier

Response(OK, BottleMedia)               // or a media type defined in the design

Response(OK, "application/vnd.bottle")  // optionally referred to by identifier

Response(OK, func() {
        Media("application/vnd.bottle") // Alternatively media type is set with Media

Response(OK, BottleMedia, func() {
        Headers(func() {                // Headers list the response HTTP headers
                Header("X-Request-Id")  // Header syntax is identical to Attribute's

Response(OK, BottleMedia, func() {
        Status(201)                     // Set response status (overrides template's)

Response("MyResponse", func() {         // Define custom response (using no template)
        Description("This is my response")
        Headers(func() {
                Header("X-Request-Id", func() {

goa defines a default response template for all the HTTP status code. The default template simply sets the status code. So if an action can return NotFound for example all it has to do is specify Response(NotFound) - there is no need to specify the status code as the default response already does it, in other words:


is equivalent to:

Response(NotFound, func() {

goa also defines a default response template for the OK response which takes a single argument: the identifier of the media type used to render the response. The API DSL can define additional response templates or override the default OK response template using ResponseTemplate.

The media type identifier specified in a response definition via the Media function can be "generic" such as "text/plain" or "application/json" or can correspond to the identifier of a media type defined in the API DSL. In this latter case goa uses the media type definition to generate helper response methods. These methods know how to render the views defined on the media type and run the validations defined in the media type during rendering.

func ResponseTemplate Uses

func ResponseTemplate(name string, p interface{})

ResponseTemplate defines a response template that action definitions can use to describe their responses. The template may specify the HTTP response status, header specification and body media type. The template consists of a name and an anonymous function. The function is called when an action uses the template to define a response. Response template functions accept string parameters they can use to define the response fields. Here is an example of a response template definition that uses a function with one argument corresponding to the name of the response body media type:

ResponseTemplate(OK, func(mt string) {
	Status(200)				// OK response uses status code 200
	Media(mt)				// Media type name set by action definition
	Headers(func() {
		Header("X-Request-Id", func() {	// X-Request-Id header contains a string
			Pattern("[0-9A-F]+")	// Regexp used to validate the response header content
		Required("X-Request-Id")	// Header is mandatory

This template can the be used by actions to define the OK response as follows:

Response(OK, "vnd.goa.example")

goa comes with a set of predefined response templates (one per standard HTTP status code). The OK template is the only one that accepts an argument. It is used as shown in the example above to set the response media type. Other predefined templates do not use arguments. ResponseTemplate makes it possible to define additional response templates specific to the API.

func Routing Uses

func Routing(routes ...*design.RouteDefinition)

Routing lists the action route. Each route is defined with a function named after the HTTP method. The route function takes the path as argument. Route paths may use wildcards as described in the [httptreemux](https://godoc.org/github.com/dimfeld/httptreemux) package documentation. These wildcards define parameters using the `:name` or `*name` syntax where `:name` matches a path segment and `*name` is a catch-all that matches the path until the end.

func Scheme Uses

func Scheme(vals ...string)

Scheme sets the API URL schemes.

func Scope Uses

func Scope(name string, desc ...string)

Scope defines an authorization scope. Used within SecurityScheme, a description may be provided explaining what the scope means. Within a Security block, only a scope is needed.

func Security Uses

func Security(scheme interface{}, dsl ...func())

Security defines an authentication requirements to access a goa Action. When defined on a Resource, it applies to all Actions, unless overriden by individual actions. When defined at the API level, it will apply to all resources by default, following the same logic.

The scheme refers to previous definitions of either OAuth2Security, BasicAuthSecurity, APIKeySecurity or JWTSecurity. It can be a string, corresponding to the first parameter of those definitions, or a SecuritySchemeDefinition, returned by those same functions. Examples:


Security("oauth2", func() {
    Scope("api:read")  // Requires "api:read" oauth2 scope

func Status Uses

func Status(status int)

Status sets the Response status.

func TRACE Uses

func TRACE(path string, dsl ...func()) *design.RouteDefinition

TRACE creates a route using the TRACE HTTP method.

func TermsOfService Uses

func TermsOfService(terms string)

TermsOfService describes the API terms of services or links to them.

func Title Uses

func Title(val string)

Title sets the API title used by generated documentation, JSON Hyper-schema, code comments etc.

func TokenURL Uses

func TokenURL(tokenURL string)

TokenURL defines a URL to get an access token. If you are defining OAuth2 flows, use `ImplicitFlow`, `PasswordFlow`, `AccessCodeFlow` or `ApplicationFlow` instead. This will set an endpoint where you can obtain a JWT with the JWTSecurity scheme. The URL may be a complete URL or just a path in which case the API scheme and host are used to build the full URL.

func Trait Uses

func Trait(name string, val ...func())

Trait defines an API trait. A trait encapsulates arbitrary DSL that gets executed wherever the trait is called via the UseTrait function.

func Type Uses

func Type(name string, dsl func()) *design.UserTypeDefinition

Type implements the type definition dsl. A type definition describes a data structure consisting of attributes. Each attribute has a type which can also refer to a type definition (or use a primitive type or nested attibutes). The dsl syntax for define a type definition is the Attribute dsl, see Attribute.

On top of specifying any attribute type, type definitions can also be used to describe the data structure of a request payload. They can also be used by media type definitions as reference, see Reference. Here is an example:

	var UpdatePayload = Type("UpdatePayload", func() {
		Description("UpdatePayload describes the update action request bodies")
		Attribute("origin", Origin, "Details on wine origin")  // See Origin definition below

	Type("CreatePayload", func() {
		Description("CreatePayload describes the create action request bodies")
		Attribute("name", String, "name of bottle")
		Attribute("origin") // Inherits description, type from UpdatePayload
		Required("name", "origin")

	var Origin = Type("origin", func() {
		Description("Origin of bottle")

This function returns the newly defined type so the value can be used throughout the dsl.

func TypeName Uses

func TypeName(name string)

TypeName makes it possible to set the Go struct name for a type or media type in the generated code. By default goagen uses the name (type) or identifier (media type) given in the apidsl and computes a valid Go identifier from it. This function makes it possible to override that and provide a custom name. name must be a valid Go identifier.

func URL Uses

func URL(url string)

URL sets the contact or license URL.

func UseTrait Uses

func UseTrait(names ...string)

UseTrait executes the API trait with the given name. UseTrait can be used inside a Resource, Action, Type, MediaType or Attribute DSL. UseTrait takes a variable number of trait names.

func Version Uses

func Version(ver string)

Version specifies the API version. One design describes one version.

func View Uses

func View(name string, apidsl ...func())

View adds a new view to a media type. A view has a name and lists attributes that are rendered when the view is used to produce a response. The attribute names must appear in the media type definition. If an attribute is itself a media type then the view may specify which view to use when rendering the attribute using the View function in the View apidsl. If not specified then the view named "default" is used. Examples:

View("default", func() {
	Attribute("id")		// "id" and "name" must be media type attributes

View("extended", func() {
	Attribute("origin", func() {
		View("extended")	// Use view "extended" to render attribute "origin"


testPackage test contains a self-contained DSL test.

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