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======= RAML for JAX-RS

The project was renamed. Please read: This project was formerly known as JAX-RS to RAML. After a big refactor, we achieved merging it with other related project called "RAML JAX-RS Codegen", so we decided to rename the first one to RAML for JAX-RS. This new project includes all the capabilities of both, and will be the one being maintained and improved.

You can still find older versions of JAX-RS to RAML in this repository, and you will also be able to find the RAML JAX-RS Codegen here until we remove it.


The goal of RAML for JAX-RS is to provide a set of tools to work with these technologies in a way of being able to scaffold a JAVA + JAX-RS application based on an existing RAML API definition (Code Generation), or its roundtrip, generate the RAML API definition based on an existing JAVA + JAX-RS application (Documentation).


RAML for JAX-RS is the result of merging two projects that started individually and at different times. The idea of joining these, pursuits the purpose of providing a better experience to the developers when installing and using it.

#Project Modules

#Maven artifacts Maven artifacts are available at:

#Design principles

RAML Generation (from JAX-RS)

All distributions (Eclipse plugin, Maven Plugin, and Javac Plugin) works in the following way.

  • Accepting all basic action types, path annotations, path, query, and form parameters.
  • Generating a resource tree based on the Jersey resources available in the source path.
  • Inferring media types when possible.
  • Including Javadoc documentation to resources, methods, and parameters descriptions.
  • Statically determinable sub-resources (no overriding).
  • Default values and validations for parameters (using javax.validation annotations).
  • XML/Json schemas and examples(stubs) generation with JAXB

###Currently Supported

####JAX-RS Annotations: In JAX-RS-to-RAML, these annotations have exactly the same semantical meaning as in JAX-RS:

  • Path.
  • Consumes, Produces.
  • QueryParam, FormParam, PathParam, HeaderParam.
  • DefaultValue.

Note: CookieParam and MatrixParam annotations are not supported in this version. A deep discussion about how these should be represented in RAML must be held in order to have a good implementation. Feel free to contribute with ideas/opinions about it. ###Extended Annotations The following annotations are not part of JAX-RS specification itself. However, these are useful to describe RESTful APIs when working with JAVA projects, and so, it was decided to add support for them.

#####Swagger Annotations: If the project is using these swagger annotations, the tool is able to determine the possible response codes and generate the proper documentation.

  • ApiResponse.
  • ApiResponses.

#####Validation Annotations: These annotations are interpreted as RAML parameters constrains.

  • NotNull.
  • Pattern.
  • Min.
  • DecimalMin.
  • Max.
  • DecimalMax.

Not yet supported

  • Examples and JSON schema generation in javac compiler plugin mode.
  • Extracting possible reponse codes by analizing java source code.
  • Traits and resource type suggestions.

JAX-RS Generation (from RAML)

All distributions (Eclipse Plugin, Maven Plugin, and Jar) works in the following ways:

  • Interfaces are generated and will be regenerated when the RAML definition changes.
  • One interface is generated per top level resource, sub-resources are defined as different methods in the same interface.
  • A response object wrapper is created for each resource action in order to guide the implementer in producing only results that are compatible with the RAML definition.
  • Custom annotations are generated for HTTP methods that are not part of the core JAX-RS specification.
  • Objects are generated based on json schemas to represent request/response entities.
  • English is the language used in the interface and method names generation.

###Currently Supported

  • JAX-RS 1.1 and 2.0,
  • JSR-303 annotations, except @Pattern because RAML uses ECMA 262/Perl 5 patterns and javax.validation uses Java ones, and with @Min/@Max support limited to non decimal minimum/maximum constraints defined in RAML.
  • Model object generation based on JSON schemas, with Jackson 1, 2 or Gson annotations.
  • Generation of JAXB annotated classes based on XML Schemas

####JAX-RS Annotations:

  • Path.
  • Consumes, Produces.
  • QueryParam, FormParam, PathParam, HeaderParam.
  • DefaultValue.

####Extended Annotations:

#####Validation Annotations:

  • NotNull.
  • Min.
  • DecimalMin.
  • Max.
  • DecimalMax.

####Generating client proxy code:

Currently JAX-RS Generation supports generation of client proxy code as experimental feature. If you would like to use this mode you may use '''generateClientProxy''' parameter in command line and maven plugin or select 'Generate client proxy code' in Eclipse plugin.

#Future Features


  • Documentation needs a lot of improvements, completion and examples. Most developers will be able to figure the missing gaps by themselves and looking at the Jersey example, but we will enhance documentation soon.
  • There is no hosting of Maven artifacts yet, so users need to download from git and install in the local repo for now.
  • Maven Archetypes implementation, for the most common project types that this plug-in could be used with, like: plain JAR if this is used as part of another project, plain WAR if this is to be deployed on a JavaEE container, WAR+specific JAX-RS implementation (for example Jersey) if to be deployed on a web container that does not provide JAX-RS, standalone JAR with a particular JAX-RS implementation.
  • Project assume developers are familiar with JAX-RS to get started. There is only one example in Jersey included, but we may want to add examples in other implementations of JAX-RS to help developers choose between the different options.


  • Injection of request parameters to fields.
  • Support for XML examples, JSON examples, and JSON schemas for the Javac plugin.



If you are interested in contributing some code to this project, thanks! Please submit a Contributors Agreement acknowledging that you are transferring ownership.

To discuss this project, please use its github issues or the RAML forum.