A Hapi plugin for validating the schema of path, query, request body, and response body params using JSON-schema

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A Hapi plugin for validating the schema of path, query, request body, and response body params using JSON-schema, while providing documenation for your end points via Swagger

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npm install ratify


To install this plugin on your Hapie server, do something similar to this:

var Hapi = require('hapi');
var server = new Hapi.Server();

var ratifyConfig = {};

server.pack.require('ratify', ratifyConfig, function(err) {
    if (err) {
        console.log('error', 'Failed loading plugin: ratify');

Parameter Validation

Once your server is set to use ratify, you can specify route-specific validations in each route config like so:

var route = {
    method: 'GET',
    path: '/foo/{bar}',
    config: {
        handler: function(request, reply) {

        plugins: {
            ratify: {
                path: {
                    // path parameters schema
                query: {
                    // query parameters schema
                headers: {
                    // header parameters schema
                payload: {
                    // request payload schema
                response: {
                    schema: {
                        // response payload schema
                    sample: 100, // percentage of responses to test against the schema
                    failAction: 'log' // action to take when schena validation fails. Valid options are; 'log' and 'error'


All schemas should follow the JSON schema specification.

Type Conversion

In the process of validating the properties based on the schema, ratify will attempt to convert path, header, and query params to the type defined in the schema. For example, if you have a query paramter called limit and it's type is number, since all query parameters are parsed as strings by Hapi, ratify will convert the string to a number.

Ratify can also specifically convert query parameters that are intended to be arrays. For example, both of the following query strings will result in a property called types having an array value:

  • ?types=first&types=second&types=third
  • ?types[0]=first&types[2]=third&types[1]=second


    types: ['first', 'second', 'third']

Swagger Documentation

Ratify automatically generates routes that produce JSON in the format of the Swagger API Specification. In order to ge tthe most of the documentation, it's best to ensure there are descriptions to all your parameters as allowed by the JSON schema spec.

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