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The client-rest-framework is a Typescript library that allows developers to create repositories to manage entities in a few lines of code, in a style similar to Django REST framework. The library provides APIs, serializers, and repositories that make it easy to interact with RESTful APIs and manage entities in a structured and efficient manner.


  • Powerful and flexible two-directional serializers for creating your own serialization and deserialization logic.
  • Support for custom serializers to tailor serialization to your specific needs.
  • Strongly-typed entities based on the defined serializers, providing type safety and avoiding common errors.
  • Built-in support for Axios API, with the ability to easily customize and use custom API classes.
  • Object-oriented design inspired by Django REST framework, making it easy to manage entities in a structured and efficient manner.


To install the client-rest-framework, run the following command:

npm install client-rest-framework


To use the library, you need to import the repositories and serializers modules from the client-rest-framework package, and define your API endpoints, serializers, and repositories.


To define an API, create a class that extends the RESTAPI class, provide an HTTPClient instance, and set the url property to the API endpoint URL. You can then pass this API to an ApiRepository as a realization of CRUD operations for the corresponding entity.

Example API class:

import { api, pagination } from "client-rest-framework";
import { PublicUserDTO } from "./types"; 

// Configure HTTPClient
class HTTPClient extends api.AxiosHTTPClient {
  getExtraHeaders() {
    return { Authorization: `Bearer ${access}` };

  onUnauthenticate = () => {

class API<T> extends api.RESTAPI<T> {
  client = new HTTPClient({
    baseURL: BASE_URL


class PublicUserAPI extends API<PublicUserDTO> {
  pagination = pagination.PageNumberPagination<PublicUserDTO>()
	url = "/api/users";


Serializers are two-directional data-mappers that help to explicitly describe the domain model and to enforce its types in a simple case.

To define a serializer, create a class that extends the ModelSerializer class, and define fields for each attribute of the corresponding entity. You can use the StringField, NumberField, BooleanField, DateField, and EnumField classes to define different types of fields.

Example serializer class:

import { serializers } from "client-rest-framework"; 
import { PublicUserDTO, RoleKey, UserStatusKey, CategoryKey } from "./types";  

export class PublicUserSerializer extends ModelSerializer<PublicUserDTO> {
	id = new serializers.NumberField({ readonly: true });
	username = new serializers.StringField({ readonly: true });
	email = new serializers.StringField({ readonly: true });
	display_name = new serializers.StringField({ readonly: true });
	date_joined = new serializers.DateField({ readonly: true });
	notes = new serializers.StringField({});
	phone = new serializers.StringField({});
	// TS limutation, in this case you need to pass T, Readonly and Many generics explicitly:
	roles = new serializers.EnumField<RoleKey, false, true>({ many: true });
	status = new serializers.EnumField<UserStatusKey, false, false>({});
	categories = new serializers.EnumField<CategoryKey, false, true>({ many: true });

The library supports inferring the resulting domain type from the serializer class using the ReturnType type operator. You can use this to get the type of the entity returned by the repository's methods.


export type PublicUser = ReturnType<PublicUserSerializer["fromDTO"]>


To define a repository, create a class that extends the APIRepository class, and set the api property to an instance of the corresponding API class, and the serializer property to an instance of the corresponding serializer class.

Example repository class:

import { repositories } from "client-rest-framework"; 
import { PublicUserDTO } from "./types";
import { PublicUserAPI } from "./api";
import { PublicUserSerializer } from "./serializers";

export class PublicUserApiRepository extends repositories.APIRepository {
	api = new PublicUserAPI();
	serializer = new PublicUserSerializer();

Using the repository

You can now use the repository to interact with the API and manage entities.

Example usage:

import { PublicUserApiRepository } from "./repositories";
import { PublicUser } from "./types";

const publicUsersRepository = new PublicUserApiRepository();  

// Get a user by ID 
const user = await publicUsersRepository.get(1);

// List all users
const users = await publicUsersRepository.list();

// Create a new user
const user = await publicUsersRepository.create(data);

// update a user
const user = await publicUsersRepository.update(1, diff);

// delete a user
await repo.delete(1);

Important Notes and Limitations

  • So far, list method works only with rest_framework.pagination.PageNumberPagination and expects this setting to be configured in DRF.
  • Package is in early alpha, interfaces may change




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