Prism is a set of packages for API mocking and contract testing with OpenAPI v2 (formerly known as Swagger) and OpenAPI v3.x.
- Mock Servers: Life-like mock servers from any API Specification Document.
- Validation Proxy: Contract Testing for API Consumers and Developers.
- Comprehensive API Specification Support: OpenAPI v3.1, OpenAPI v3.0, OpenAPI v2.0 (formerly Swagger) and Postman Collections.
Note: This branch refers to Prism 3.x, which is the current version most likely you will use. If you're looking for the 2.x version, look at the
🧰 Installation and Usage
Prism requires NodeJS >= 16 to properly work.
npm install -g @stoplight/prism-cli # OR yarn global add @stoplight/prism-cli
For more installation options, see our installation documentation.
Prism can help you create a fake "mock" based off an OpenAPI document, which helps people see how your API will work before you even have it built. Run it locally with the
prism mock command to run your API on a HTTP server you can interact with.
prism mock https://raw.githack.com/OAI/OpenAPI-Specification/master/examples/v3.0/petstore-expanded.yaml
Learn more about how the mock server works.
Prism can help you check for discrepencies between your API implementation and the OpenAPI document that describes, letting you funnel HTTP traffic through it with the
prism proxy command.
prism proxy examples/petstore.oas2.yaml https://petstore.swagger.io/v2
Learn more about how the validation proxy works.
📖 Documentation and Community
- Content Negotiation
- Security Validation
- Validation Proxy
- Recording/Learning Mode (create OpenAPI from HTTP traffic)
- Data Persistence (allow Prism act like a sandbox)
Submit your ideas for new functionality on the Stoplight Roadmap.
Cannot access mock server when using Docker?
Prism uses localhost by default, which usually means 127.0.0.1. When using docker the mock server will
be unreachable outside of the container unless you run the mock command with
Why am I getting 404 errors when I include my basePath?
OpenAPI v2.0 had a concept called "basePath", which was essentially part of the HTTP path the stuff
after host name and protocol, and before query string. Unlike the paths in your
paths object, this
basePath was applied to every single URL, so Prism v2.x used to do the same. In OpenAPI v3.0 they
merged the basePath concept in with the server.url, and Prism v3 has done the same.
We treat OAS2
host + basePath the same as OAS3
server.url, so we do not require them to go in
the URL. If you have a base path of
api/v1 and your path is defined as
hello, then a request to
http://localhost:4010/hello would work, but
http://localhost:4010/api/v1/hello will fail. This
confuses some, but the other way was confusing to others. Check the default output of Prism CLI to
see what URLs you have available.
Is there a hosted version of Prism?
Yes, hosted mocking is available as part of Stoplight Platform. Learn More
- Stoplight Studio: Free visual OpenAPI designer that comes integrated with mocking powered by Prism.
- Stoplight Platform: Collaborative API Design Platform for designing, developing and documenting APIs with hosted mocking powered by Prism.
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Prism is built on top of lots of excellent packages, and here are a few we'd like to say a special thanks to.
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