Extension Response

pierredewilde edited this page Mar 15, 2012 · 5 revisions

All methods to be exposed as extensions must return an ExtensionResponse. The ExtensionResponse is a wrapper for a Jersey Response. It has a number of static helper methods to simplify its construction and is largely designed to help with the construction of JSON-based responses.


The ok method of the ExtensionResponse will build a response with a 200 status code. The following is a simple example from the Sample Kibbles project:

Map<String, String> map = new HashMap<String, String>();
map.put("ping", reply);
return ExtensionResponse.ok(map);

The ok method takes a Map as a parameter and converts it to a JSONObject which will be returned as the entity within a Jersey Response object. It is also possible to build the JSONObject manually and pass that to the ok method as shown here:


The error method of the ExtensionResponse will build a response with an error status code. There are a number of overloads for this method that offer numerous way to construct the object with different return values and error codes.

For example, the following code snippet tries to validate a parameter, called reply, from the URI query string:

if (reply == null || reply.isEmpty()) {
    ExtensionMethod extMethod = context.getExtensionMethod();
    return ExtensionResponse.error(
        "the reply parameter cannot be empty",


The noContent method of the ExtensionResponse will construct a response with a 204 status code.


the availableOptions method of the ExtensionResponse will construct a response with a 204 status code and include in the header the list of HTTP method supplied. These methods are added to the Access-Control-Allow-Methods header. This helper method is useful in implementing the OPTIONS HTTP method within an extension.

Build Your Own With Jersey

Should the basic helper methods of ExtensionResponse not provide enough flexibility, it is possible to construct the Jersey Response manually and pass that directly to the ExtensionResponse. A good reason to construct a Jersey Response object directly, would be if there was a situation where the extension looked to return an entity other than JSON.

The following code snippet from the ProducesXmlExtension Sample Kibbles shows how this might be done:

String xml = "<vertex><id>" + vertex.getId().toString() + "</id></vertex>";
return new ExtensionResponse(Response.ok(xml).build());