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PSX Schema


This library helps to generate source code for different languages from a TypeSchema specification. TypeSchema is a JSON specification which helps to design data models. The following languages are currently supported:

  • CSharp
  • Go
  • HTML
  • Java
  • JsonSchema
  • Markdown
  • PHP
  • Protobuf
  • Python
  • Swift
  • TypeSchema
  • TypeScript

Beside generating it is also possible to parse an existing schema either from a TypeSchema or it can be introspected from a PHP Class. Please take a look at the TypeSchema website which provides an online generator based on this library.


This example shows how to transform data into an object based on a TypeSchema.

  "title": "Example Schema",
  "type": "object",
  "properties": {
    "firstName": {
      "type": "string"
    "lastName": {
      "type": "string"
    "age": {
      "description": "Age in years",
      "type": "integer",
      "minimum": 0
  "required": [

Based on the schema we can generate the PHP classes with the following command:
vendor/bin/schema schema:parse --format=php schema.json


namespace PSX\Generation;

 * @Title("Example Schema")
 * @Required({"firstName", "lastName"})
class Example_Schema
     * @Key("firstName")
     * @Type("string")
    public $firstName;
     * @Key("lastName")
     * @Type("string")
    public $lastName;
     * @Key("age")
     * @Description("Age in years")
     * @Type("integer")
     * @Minimum(0)
    public $age;
    public function setFirstName($firstName)
        $this->firstName = $firstName;
    public function getFirstName()
        return $this->firstName;
    public function setLastName($lastName)
        $this->lastName = $lastName;
    public function getLastName()
        return $this->lastName;
    public function setAge($age)
        $this->age = $age;
    public function getAge()
        return $this->age;

Now we can use this class to read json data which fits to the schema

// the data which we want to import
$data = json_decode({"firstName": "foo", "lastName": "bar"});

$schemaManager = new \PSX\Schema\SchemaManager();

// we read the schema annotations from the class
$schema = $schemaManager->getSchema(Example_Schema::class);

try {
    $traverser = new SchemaTraverser();
    $example   = $traverser->traverse($data, $schema, new TypeVisitor());
    // $example contains now an instance of the Example_Schema class containing 
    // the firstName and lastName property
    echo $example->getFirstName();

} catch (\PSX\Schema\ValidationException $e) {
    // the validation failed
    echo $e->getMessage();

You can use the dumper to create a JSON representation based on your POPO objects:

$schema = new Example_Schema();

$dumper = new \PSX\Schema\Parser\Popo\Dumper();
$data   = $dumper->dump($schema);

echo json_encode($data);

// would result in
// {"firstName": "foo", "lastName": "bar", "age": 12}

Please note that we use the doctrine/annotations library to parse the annotations. Because of this you need to setup a fitting annotation loader which can load the classes. To use the registered autoloader you can simply use: AnnotationRegistry::registerLoader('class_exists'). More information how to configure the loader at the documentation.


The following annotations are available:

Annotation Target Example
@Deprecated Property @Deprecated(true)
@Description Class/Property @Description("content")
@Enum Property @Enum({"foo", "bar"})
@Exclude Property @Exclude
@ExclusiveMaximum Property @ExclusiveMaximum(true)
@ExclusiveMinimum Property @ExclusiveMinimum(true)
@Format Property @Format("uri")
@Key Property @Key("$ref")
@Maximum Property @Maximum(16)
@MaxItems Property @MaxItems(16)
@MaxLength Property @MaxLength(16)
@MaxProperties Class @MaxProperties(16)
@Minimum Property @Minimum(4)
@MinItems Property @MinItems(4)
@MinLength Property @MinLength(4)
@MinProperties Property @MinProperties(4)
@MultipleOf Property @MultipleOf(2)
@Nullable Property @Nullable(true)
@Pattern Property @Pattern("A-z+")
@Required Class @Required({"name", "title"})
@Title Class @Title("foo")
@UniqueItems Property @UniqueItems(true)
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