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Create JavaScript apidoc clients

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Code generator for apidoc that will take in an object representing an apidoc service and return a list of objects representing files for the client.

The generated code is isomorphic, depending on a native fetch implementation in the browser and node-fetch in a node.js environment.



npm install --save-dev @flowio/lib-apidoc


A basic example of generating a JavaScipt client from an apidoc service.

import fs from 'fs';
import path from 'path';
import service from './service.json';
import { codegen } from '@flowio/lib-apidoc';

const clientBasePath = path.join(__dirname, './dist');
const client = codegen.generate(service);

client.files.forEach((file) => {
  fs.writeFileSync(path.join(clientBasePath, file.path), file.contents);

API Reference



The methods listed below can be accessed from codegen.

generate(service: Object, options: Object): Array

The argument passed to the generate function is:

  • service - JSON representation of a service. The service.json provided by apidoc
  • options
    • clientImportPath - path to where generated client.js file will be located relative to service resource js files. Default is . (the current directory).

Returns an array of file objects that have this shape:

  contents: "import Client from './client'\nexport default class Resource...",
  path: 'resource.js'

Generated Code

By default lib-apidoc will take in a service json object and return a list of objects representing files.

Directory Layout

If you write all of the files based on their path property you will end up with a directory structure that looks like the below.

Path Description
./client.js Class that handles bootstrapping a client and http (via fetch) request / response handling
./index.js The entrypoint to the client
./logger.js Logging utility
./resource_1.js A service resource that would be located at (in service.json): .resources[plural=resource_1]
./resource_2.js A service resource that would be located at (in service.json): .resources[plural=resource_2]
./resource_3.js A service resource that would be located at (in service.json): .resources[plural=resource_3]

Client Usage

Example creating a module that exposes a function to create an instance of a client with a default value for the api host.

import Client from './client';

export default function CreateClient(opts) {
  let options = {
    host: 'https://api.example.com',

  if (typeof opts === 'string') {
    options.auth = opts;
  } else {
    options = Object.assign({}, options, opts);

  return new Client(options);


Name Type Description
host String The http host / uri of the api
auth String Converted to a Basic Authorization
auth Object Basic or Bearer authorization
-- auth.type String One of: basic, bearer, jwt. bearer and jwt are synonymous with each other
-- auth.value String The value of the Authorization header
headers Object Headers to be passed with all http requests from the client
serviceName String The name of the service (currently unused)

Resource Usage

import Client from './client'

const client = new Client({ host: 'https://api.example.com' })

// Example of using the 'get' operation on the 'users' resource.
client.users.get().then((response) => {
  switch(response.status) {
    case 200:
      response.result.map((user) =>
        console.log(`Found User: ${user.email}`))
    case 401:
      throw new Error('Was not authorized to get users!')
      throw new Error(`Response code[${response.status}] not handled!`)


All options mentioned above in the client usage and any fetch options can be provided as the only or last parameter to a resource operation.

Contributing / Issues / Questions

If you would like to contribute to lib-apidoc, have any bugs to report or have general questions, please see our contributing guidelines.






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