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Generate Go client code for HTTP APIs described by JSON Hyper-Schemas.


Download and install:

$ go get -u

Warning: schematic requires Go >= 1.7.

Client Generation

Run it against your schema:

$ schematic platform-api.json > heroku/heroku.go

This will generate a Go package named after your schema:

package heroku

Or using go generate:

//go:generate schematic -o heroku/heroku.go platform-api.json

Client Usage

You then would be able to use the package as follow:

package main

import "./heroku"

func main() {
  h := heroku.NewService(nil)
  addons, err := h.AddonServiceList(nil)
  if err != nil {
  for _, addon := range addons {

A Service takes an optional http.Client as argument. This Client will need to handle any HTTP-related details unique to the target API service such as request authorization, request header setup, error handling, response debugging, etc.

As an example, if your service use OAuth2 for authentication:

var config = &oauth.Config{
transport := &oauth.Transport{
  Token:     token,
  Config:    config,
  Transport: http.DefaultTransport,
httpClient := transport.Client()
s := api.NewService(httpClient)

For an example of a service using HTTP Basic Auth, see the generated heroku-go client.

In general, creating a custom http.Transport and creating a client from that is a common way to get an appropriate http.Client for your service.

Client Method Types

Methods on generated clients will follow one of a few common patterns corresponding to reading a single resource, reading a list of resources, and creating or updating a resource.

Reading a single resource looks like this, for example:

app, err := h.AppInfo("my-app")
if err != nil {
fmt.Printf("%+v\n", app)

Where the struct app is of a type e.g. heroku.App defined in the generated client. It will include generated struct members for the various fields included in the API response.

Methods to read a list of resources look similar, for example:

apps, err := h.AppList(nil)
if err != nil {
for _, app := range apps {

The first return value of these methods is a slice of domain structs like heroku.App described above.

List methods take a *ListRange argument that can be used to specify ordering and pagination range options on the underlying list call.

Methods to create or update look like this, for example:

newName := "my-app"
updateOpts := heroku.AppUpdateOpts{
    Name: &newName,
app, err := h.AppUpdate("my-renamed-app", updateOpts)
if err != nil {

Note the availability of generated types of with suffixes UpdateOpts and CreateOpts - these make it easy to generate arguments for update and create calls. These types have pointer members instead of value members so that you can omit some of them without defaulting them to the a zero-value.

See the generated godocs for your package for details on the generated methods and types.


Schematic bundles templated Go code into a Go source file via the templates package. To rebuild the Go source file after changing .tmpl files:

$ templates -s templates/ - templates/templates.go


A Go point of view on JSON Schema




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