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    This package is fork of empty-schema package, which is fork of json-schema-empty


    • introduces format support for strings, which means that generated data is valid against its JSON Schema;
    • supports prefixItems tuples;
    • contains minimal typescript typings: quite simple for now, but better than nothing.

    Generate empty placeholder data from JSON Schemas

    Generating random data is useful for testing (try out JSON Schema Faker or hazy if you have this need), but developers often require empty placeholder data to work with, particularly when developing web forms.

    Data that minimal-schema generates conforms to the following:

    • Data is generated deterministically. If the schema is the same, the data will be the same. Exception is string type with date and time related format keyword: in this case new Date().toISOString() data is used.
    • Data is as simple as possible.
    • Data conforms to the form specified in the schema. It will, however, sometimes fail to be valid according to the schema. The reason for this is simple: you cannot generate all values automatically (see the rules section for more info on this).


    npm install --save minimal-schema


    import {minimal} from 'minimal-schema'
    const schema = {
      type: 'object',
      properties: {
        foo: {
          type: 'integer',
          minimum: 12,
          multipleOf: 5
        bar: {
          type: 'array',
          items: { type: 'integer' },
          minItems: 3
        baz: {
          type: 'string',
          minLength: 5
        email: {
            type: 'string',
            format: 'email'
        dateTime: {
            type: 'string',
            format: 'date-time'
      required: [ 'foo', 'bar', 'baz', 'email', 'dateTime' ]
    // {
    //   foo: 15,
    //   bar: [ 0, 0, 0 ],
    //   baz: '',
    //   email: 'a@a',
    //   dateTime: '2020-07-30T08:30:55.797Z'
    // }


    • string: except when format keyword is present, it impossible to guess what the string content should be, even when patterns and length limits are given, a string schema always results in the empty string: ''. . Original behavior is inherited from json-schema-empty.

    • integer: minimal-schema tries to satisfy the minimum, maximum and multipleOf constraints whenever possible with the additional property that, when it is possible, 0 is returned.

    • number: just follows the integer schema.

    • object: tries to create a minimal object with as few keys as possible. Only keys that are in the required array are generated.

      Object size is ignored completely, for the same reason that the strings are empty: we cannot guess the keys.

    • array:

      • when the item type is given, and minItems is given, the shortest array that matches this is generated;
      • supports prefixItems and items is a tuple;
      • maxItems is ignored;
      • whenever possible, the empty array is returned.
    • boolean: always results in false.

    • null: always results in null.

    • oneOf, anyOf: selects one of the accepted types and goes from there.

    • allOf: minimal-schema merges all schemas and works from that schema to generate a value.

    • enum: selects the first possible value.

    • $ref: just works!

    Whenever specified, minimal-schema uses the default value (even if it does not match the schema).


    • [ ] Create options: custom defaults and settings for each type


    This code is licensed under the ISC License


    npm i minimal-schema

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