JSON Schema validator


Please note this library is not ready for production use.

A modular javascript JSON Schema validator


$ component install ericgj/json-schema-valid


$ npm install json-schema-valid-component

There are two basic modes: as a simple function, and as a Correlation binding.

In either case, the validate() function returns boolean, and an Emitter is used for error handling (optional).

Simple function:

  var Validator = require('json-schema-valid')
    , Emitter = require('emitter')
  // error handling via external emitter 
  var emitter = new Emitter();
  emitter.on('error', function(e){
    console.error('Error: %o', e);
  var validator = new Validator(emitter)
  // if schema has already been parsed 
  var valid = validator.validate(schema,instance);
  // if raw schema object 
  var valid = validator.validateRaw(rawSchema,instance);

Correlation binding:

  var core = require('json-schema-core')
    , Schema = core.Schema
    , plugin = require('json-schema-valid')
  // attach plugin to Schema  
  // error handling via 'default' emitter 
  var emitter = plugin.emitter();
  emitter.on('error', function(e){
    console.error('Error: %o', e);
  // once you have a correlation, you can call validate() on it 
  var valid = correlation.validate();
  // subschema for given instance property 
  // resolving valid combination conditions (allOf, anyOf, oneOf) 
  var subschema = correlation.subschema('foo');
  // resolved URI-template links, including for valid combination conditions 
  var links = correlation.links();

Validate given instance against given schema. Takes optional description string (for error handling) and/or callback function. Callback receives array of valid schemas (i.e., the root-level schema plus any schemas valid through combination conditions). Callback is only run if validation succeeds (valid).

Validate given instance against given raw schema (parsing schema first).

Add custom validation function. See type/*.js for examples of how to write validation functions.

Add custom format validation function or regular expression to match. Note specifying a regular expression here is essentially like having named schema pattern properties.

Returns a (singleton) Emitter instance, used by default when a validator is not initialized with an external emitter.

Validate correlation instance against correlation schema.

Validate, and return links merged from all valid schemas, if valid.

Intended to be used with the hyperschema plugin, to provide links(), rel(), etc. methods to the correlation, when combination conditions are specified. If the hyperschema plugin is not used, this method returns undefined.

See test/tests.js for usage examples.

Validate, and get the subschema describing the given instance property. If multiple subschemas are valid, the subschema is normalized as a single allOf condition.

Intended to be used as the basis for correlation.getPath() for co-traversing the schema and instance, when combination conditions are specified.

See test/tests.js for usage examples.

  1. Run make to generate JSON Schema test suite files and build the component.

  2. Browse the file test/index.html. Tests are run via in-browser mocha.

Dereferencing schemas is not implemented here. It is assumed that schemas with JSON references ($ref) will have already been dereferenced, making use of an http client library. See for example json-schema-agent, which provides both correlation (via HTTP headers) and schema dereferencing. The underlying Schema data structure does provide an interface for manipulating references, so it is also possible to roll your own dereferencing.

My view is that dereferencing necessarily involves external resources (the HTTP stack) and thus should be cleanly separated from validation.

  • add common format validators
  • make error data compatible with tv4 errors
  • consider emitting schema-level errors or 'error trees'
  • more complete walk-through of how to use with json-schema-hyper, json-schema-agent, etc.
  • bower and npm installation