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JSON Schema Validation

A JSON schema validator that builds on the JSON implementation found in fost-base and is built for use in Fostgres. It is implemented in modern C++, specifically C++17.


The specifications for them are taken from JSON Schema Validation: A Vocabulary for Structural Validation of JSON (draft 1). All of described assertions are implemented:

  • allOf, anyOf and oneOf -- Values must conform to a specific number of the provided schemas.
  • const -- Values must be equal to the one in the schema.
  • contains -- At least one value in an array conforms to the schema.
  • dependencies -- Object property checks depending on which exist in the data.
  • enum -- Values must be in the specified set.
  • if, then and else -- conditional evaluation of schemas.
  • items and additionalItems-- Array items must confirm to the provided schemas.
  • maximum, minimum, exclusiveMaximum, exlusiveMinimum, multipleOf -- Value bounds checks for numeric data.
  • maxItems and minItems -- bounds for the number of items in a JSON array.
  • maxLength and minLength -- bounds for the number of code points in a string value.
  • maxProperties and minProperties -- counts for properties in a JSON object.
  • not -- negates the contained check.
  • pattern -- The regex must be found in a string value.
  • properties, patternProperties and additionalProperties -- that the assertions for each property hold if present in the JSON object data.
  • propertyNames -- names of object properties must conform to the provided schema.
  • required -- Object properties must include the specified strings.
  • type -- type check against the JSON types (null, boolean, object, array, number, string and integer).
  • uniqueItems -- All values in an array are unique.

The schema used for testing is


For type validation, if the underlying memory type is a double then it will only match against number even if there is no fractional part to the number. The JSON parser will correctly identify integers parsing JSON (and use the int64_t memory type for them), so this can only happen when JSON is produced by code that uses a double. The memory type int64_t will match both of the number and integer validation types.

The handling of $id is particularly nasty. Although this implementation passes the test suite there are a large number of edge cases with the interactions between $ref and $id that are not tested or covered. Our recommendation is to avoid use of $id except for a full URL at schema root if required.

The JSON Schema Testsuite

The build target json-schema-testsuite will download and run the tests that are found at the JSON Schema Test Suite.


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