A schema language for JSON documents that allows validation and compilation into various database engines
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ZSchema is a generic (meta-)schema language for defining database schemas that facilitates (1) validating JSON documents against a schema definition and (2) compilation into multiple database engines. For example, if you wanted to maintain a single database schema for both MongoDB and ElasticSearch. Properties can also be documented inline and documentation compiled to HTML or a console-friendly text document.

Schemas are defined in native Python code. Example:


Command Line Interface

zschema [command] [schema] [file]


  • elasticsearch (compile to Elastic Search)

  • bigquery (compile to Google BigQuery)

  • json (compile documentation to JSON)

  • text (compile documentation to plain text)

  • html (compile documentation to HTML)

  • validate (validate JSON file (one document per line) against schema)

The schema file can be defined on the command line as module:var.

Running Tests

Tests are run with nose. Run them via python setup.py test.

License and Copyright

ZSchema Copyright 2018 Regents of the University of Michigan

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See LICENSE for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.