jolier is a tool distributed with jolie which permits to easily deploy a jolie microservice as a REST service. jolier requires three parameters to work together with two other optional parameters. Morevoer, it requires a mapping file called rest_template.json to be read at the boot for creating the mapping between the rest calls and the target operations. If you type the command in a shell without any argument, the following message will be prompt to the console:

Usage: jolier <service_filename> <input_port> <router_host> [-easyInterface] [-debug]

The required parameters are:

  • service_filename: it is the path to the target service to be executed as a REST service;
  • input_port: it is the input port of the target service which must be exposted as a REST service. It is important to note that the location of the target port must be set to "local";
  • router_host: it is the location where jester will listen for incoming requests;
  • [-easyInterface]: it specifies if skipping the rest_template.json file and creating a standard map of the target operations. See the section below for details;
  • [-debug]: it enables debug messages for jester in order to facilitate error identification.

Publishing your REST Service with SSL support

jolier is also able to publish your REST service using Https protocol by using the ssl command parameters

Usage: jolier <service_filename> <input_port> <router_host> [-easyInterface] [-debug] [-keyStore] [filePath] [-keyStorePassword] [password] [-trustStore] [filename] [-trustStorePassword] [password] [-sslProtocol] [ [protocol]( ]
  • [-keyStore]: sets the keyStore file location
  • [-keyStorePassword]: sets the keyStore password
  • [-trustStore]: sets the trustStore file location
  • [-trustStorePassword]: sets the trustStore password
  • [-sslProtocol]: sets the ssl protocol

To generate the ssl certificate you can use the keytool or indicate the location of your preexisting java supported keystore file.

NOTE: You need to pay particular attention on key file location parameters if you are deploying your REST service with a Docker image.

Defining the rest calls mapping

The mapping of the rest templates is defined within file rest_templates.json. It is a json file structured as key value map, where the key reports the name of the target operation whereas the value reports the related call information to be used in the rest call. Here we presen an example of a key value pair:

    "getOrders":"method=get, template=/orders/{userId}?maxItems={maxItems}"

getOrders is the name of the target operation in the jolie service, whereas "method=get, template=/orders/{userId}?maxItems={maxItems}" contains the information for mappin the rest call. In particular, there are two information: method and template. method defines the http method to be used in the rest call (post, get, put or delete) whereas template defines how to place the request data within the url path.

In the example above, the operation getOrders of the target service will be invoked using a method get and finding the parameters userId and maxItems within the url. The parameter userId will be placed as part of the path, whereas the parameter maxItems as a parameter of the query.

It is worth noting that when we define a rest mapping, some restrictions to the target message types must be considered.

NOTE: the public URL where jester will serve the request is composed as it follows:


where the operation_name is used when no template is given.

Restrictions on rest calls mapping

  • when method get is specified, all the parameters of the request must be specified within the url. Thus the target request message type cannot have structured type defined, but it can only be defined as a flat list of nodes. As an example the follwong type is sound with the template above:

    type GetOrdersType: void {
      .userId: string
      .maxItems: int

    whereas the following one is not correct w.r.t. template /orders/{userId}?maxItems={maxItems}

    type GetOrdersType: void {
      .userId: string {
          .maxItems: int
  • when template is not defined, the request will be completely read from the body of the message which must match the stype structure of the target operation

  • in case of methods post, put and delete it is possible to place part of the parameters inside the url and the rest of them in the body. In this case the request type of the target operation must contain all of them and they must be defined as a list of flat nodes.

The parameter -easyInterface

When defined, the rest call mapping file is not necessary but all the operations will be converted into methods post and the request types will be reported in the body as they are defined in the target jolie interface.


At this link it is possible to find a simple jolie service which can be deployed as a rest service. As it is possible to note, the jolie service called, demo.ol is a standard jolie service without any particular change or addition. It has an input port called DEMO configured with Location "local" and with interface DemoInterface. Four operations are defined in the interface: getOrders, getOrdersByItem, putOrder and deleteOrder.

The mapping file is defined as it follows where the operation getOrders is mapped on a specific url, whereas the others are mapped without specifying any template.

    "getOrders":"method=get, template=/orders/{userId}?maxItems={maxItems}",

It is sufficient to run the following command for deploying the jolie service demo.ol as a rest service:

jolier demo.ol DEMO localhost:8000

Once run, it is possible to try to invoke it using a common tool for sending REST messages. In particular it is possible to make a simple test invoking the getOrders by simply using a web browser. Put the following url in your web browser and look at the result:


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