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grpc-json-example

Example of using gRPC-Go with JSON as the transport encoding.

The JSON Codec

The included codec package contains an implementation of encoding.Codec for JSON payloads.

Server setup

The only thing necessary to make your gRPC server respond to gRPC requests encoded with JSON is to import the relevant package (to let it register with gRPC-Go's encoding registry):

import _ "github.com/johanbrandhorst/grpc-json-example/codec"

Request examples

gRPC client

Using a gRPC Client, simply initiate using the correct content-subtype as a grpc.DialOption:

grpc.WithDefaultCallOptions(grpc.CallContentSubtype(codec.JSON{}.Name()))

The included client shows a full example.

cURL

$ echo -en '\x00\x00\x00\x00\x17{"id":1,"role":"ADMIN"}' | curl -ss -k --http2 \
        -H "Content-Type: application/grpc+json" \
        -H "TE:trailers" \
        --data-binary @- \
        https://localhost:10000/example.UserService/AddUser | od -bc
0000000 000 000 000 000 002 173 175
         \0  \0  \0  \0 002   {   }
0000007
$ echo -en '\x00\x00\x00\x00\x17{"id":2,"role":"GUEST"}' | curl -ss -k --http2 \
        -H "Content-Type: application/grpc+json" \
        -H "TE:trailers" \
        --data-binary @- \
        https://localhost:10000/example.UserService/AddUser | od -bc
0000000 000 000 000 000 002 173 175
         \0  \0  \0  \0 002   {   }
0000007
$ echo -en '\x00\x00\x00\x00\x02{}' | curl -k --http2 \
        -H "Content-Type: application/grpc+json" \
        -H "TE:trailers" \
        --data-binary @- \
        --output - \
        https://localhost:10000/example.UserService/ListUsers
F{"id":1,"role":"ADMIN","create_date":"2018-07-21T20:18:21.961080119Z"}F{"id":2,"role":"GUEST","create_date":"2018-07-21T20:18:29.225624852Z"}

Explanation:

Using cURL to send requests requires manually adding the gRPC HTTP2 message payload header to the payload:

'\x00\x00\x00\x00\x17{"id":1,"role":"ADMIN"}'
#<-->----------------------------------------- Compression boolean (1 byte)
#    <-------------->------------------------- Payload size (4 bytes)
#                    <--------------------->-- JSON payload

Headers must include TE and the correct Content-Type:

 -H "Content-Type: application/grpc+json" -H "TE:trailers"

The string after application/grpc+ in the Content-Type header must match the Name() of the codec registered in the server.

The endpoint must match the name of the name of the proto package, the service and finally the method:

https://localhost:10000/example.UserService/AddUser

The responses are prefixed by the same header as the requests:

'\0  \0  \0  \0 002   {   }'
#<-->------------------------ Compression boolean (1 byte)
#    <------------>---------- Payload size (4 bytes)
#                    <---->-- JSON payload