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This is a proof-of-concept, date based versioning system for APIs inspired by Stripe's API versioning.

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This package enables reverse compatibility for a Go API by defining versions and their associated changes. Consequently, API versions can be maintained for long periods of time without minimal effort.


See the included example project for detailed usage.

Versioning is done at a resource/struct level. If a type implements Versionable it can take advantage of this package.

  1. To start, create a new VersionManager.
vm := &pinned.VersionManager{
  Layout: "2006-01-02",
  Header: "API Version",
  1. Then add Versions.
// Initial version.
  Date: "2018-02-10",

// New version.
  Date: "2018-02-11",
  Changes: []*pinned.Change{
      Description: "New things",
      Actions: map[string]pinned.Action{
        "Object": someMethod,

someMethod is applied to all type Object, and has the signature func(map[string]interface{}) map[string]interface{}.

  1. Handle an incoming request.
func handler(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
  // Get version from request.
  v, _ := vm.Parse(r)

  // Set version in context.
  ctx = pinned.NewContext(r.Context(), v)
  // ...Fetch resources...

  // Apply version changes to resources.
  body, _ := vm.Apply(v, data)

  // Write response.
  data, err := json.Marshal(body)
  if err != nil {

  w.Header().Set("Content-Type", "application/json")


Consider the following simple example. An API has a User struct which looks like this:

type User struct {
  ID       uint64
  FullName string

Now we decide we want to rename FullName to Name. However, this is a breaking change. To ensure stability, prior to change we set a version 2018-02-10.

After the change, we set a version 2018-02-11. This version has a change associated with it. This Change has an Action to be taken on the User resource.

This Action is a func that reverses the change made in the new version.

func userNameFieldChange(mapping map[string]interface{}) map[string]interface{} {
  mapping["full_name"] = mapping["name"]
  delete(mapping, "name")
  return mapping

There are now two versions, 2018-02-11 and 2018-02-10. To support the client that requested version 2018-02-10, the "changes" made in version 2018-02-11 are undone, and the User resource now reflects the requested version.

As versions are added, these changes are sequentially undone. This enables a version to be supported for a long period of time, and allows the developer to focus on new feature development without much concern towards legacy versions.