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Ruby client


The Iglu Ruby client allows you to resolve JSON Schemas from embedded and remote repositories.

This client library should be straightforward to use if you are comfortable with Ruby development.

Client compatibility

The Ruby client was tested with Ruby and JRuby


The library is dependant on Ruby JSON Schema Validator library for all JSON Schema validation and httparty for HTTP requests.



Ruby Iglu Client is published on

You can either install it in shell via gem:

$ gem install iglu-ruby-client

or add it to Gemfile:

gem 'iglu-ruby-client'


Assuming you have completed the setup for your Ruby project, you are now ready to initialize the Ruby client.

Importing the library

All entities can be accessed by importing iglu-client package.
Client is placed in Iglu::Resolver module, while core entities are in root Iglu module.

You are now ready to instantiate a Ruby Client.

JSON-based initialization

require 'iglu-client'

resolver_config = {:schema => "iglu:com.snowplowanalytics.iglu/resolver-config/jsonschema/1-0-2",
:data => {
:cacheSize => 500,
:repositories => [{:name => "Iglu Central", :priority => 0, :vendorPrefixes => ["com.snowplowanalytics"], :connection => {:http => {:uri => ""}}}]

resolver = Iglu::Resolver.parse(resolver_config)

Note that it is highly recommended to use JSONs as hashes with symbolized keys, you can use JSON.parse(json, {:symbolize_names => true}) to parse JSON with all keys as symbols instead of strings.


Validating JSON

Once you have successfully created a client you can start validating your self-describing JSON.

json = resolver_config      # resolver config is plain self-describing JSON!
resolver.validate(json) # this will return same `json` value in case of success or throw IgluError in case of any failure

Unlike Iglu Scala Client which never throws exceptions and return errors as values, Ruby client uses more common for dynamic languages approach,
specifically it throws IgluError exception on any non-success case, like non-self-describing JSON, not found schema, connection error etc and returns plain value (same self-describing JSON) on success.

To just lookup schema without any self-describing JSON, you can use lookup_schema method, which accepts schema key as object or URI.

Core entities

iglu-ruby-client gem also provides entities specific to Iglu core's.
Specifically, you can initialize and utilize entities such as schema key, self-describing data, SchemaVer etc.
Same classes will be included in Iglu Ruby Core library when it'll be released.

schema_key ="com.acme", "event", "jsonschema",,0,2))
# or
schema_key = SchemaKey.parse("iglu:com.acme/event/jsonschema/1-0-2")

Embedded registry

Ruby Client supports somewhat similar to JVM embedded registry.
It also can be constructed from embedded connection using path inside gems and JRuby jars (created using warbler) but it has few important differences with JVM embedded registry:

  • It can accept absolute filesystem paths
  • Paths are relative from ruby file where registry is initialized
  • There's no way to automatically merge all embedded registries, each should be created explicitly

Our own's bootstrap resolver can be used as an example on how to use embedded registries in Ruby.

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