Serving static content

Tapir contains predefined endpoints, server logic and server endpoints which allow serving static content, originating from local files or application resources. These endpoints respect etags, byte ranges as well as if-modified-since headers.


Since Tapir 1.3.0, static content is supported via the new tapir-files module. If you’re looking for the API documentation of the old static content API, switch documentation to an older version.

In order to use static content endpoints, add the module to your dependencies:

"com.softwaremill.sttp.tapir" %% "tapir-files" % "1.5.0"


The easiest way to expose static content from the local filesystem is to use the staticFilesServerEndpoint. This method is parametrised with the path, at which the content should be exposed, as well as the local system path, from which to read the data.

Such an endpoint has to be interpreted using your server interpreter. For example, using the akka-http interpreter:

import akka.http.scaladsl.server.Route

import sttp.tapir._
import sttp.tapir.files._
import sttp.tapir.server.akkahttp.AkkaHttpServerInterpreter

import scala.concurrent.Future

val filesRoute: Route = AkkaHttpServerInterpreter().toRoute(
  staticFilesGetServerEndpoint[Future]("site" / "static")("/home/static/data")

Using the above endpoint, a request to /site/static/css/styles.css will try to read the /home/static/data/css/styles.css file.

To expose files without a prefix, use emptyInput. For example, using the netty interpreter, the below exposes the content of /var/www at http://localhost:8080:

import sttp.tapir.server.netty.NettyFutureServer
import sttp.tapir.emptyInput
import sttp.tapir._
import sttp.tapir.files._

import scala.concurrent.Future

  .flatMap(_ => Future.never)

A single file can be exposed using staticFileGetServerEndpoint. Similarly, you can expose HEAD endpoints with staticFileHeadServerEndpoint and staticFilesHeadServerEndpoint. If you want to serve both GET and HEAD, use staticFilesServerEndpoints.

The file server endpoints can be secured using ServerLogic.prependSecurity, see server logic for details.


Similarly, the staticResourcesGetServerEndpoint can be used to expose the application’s resources at the given prefix.

A single resource can be exposed using staticResourceGetServerEndpoint.


Endpoint constructor methods for files and resources can receive optional FileOptions, which allow to configure additional settings:

import sttp.model.headers.ETag
import sttp.tapir.emptyInput
import sttp.tapir._
import sttp.tapir.files._

import scala.concurrent.Future


val customETag: Option[RangeValue] => URL => Future[Option[ETag]] = ???
val customFileFilter: List[String] => Boolean = ???

val options: FilesOptions[Future] =
    // serves file.txt.gz instead of file.txt if available and Accept-Encoding contains "gzip"

val endpoint = staticFilesGetServerEndpoint(emptyInput)("/var/www", options)

Endpoint description and server logic

The descriptions of endpoints which should serve static data, and the server logic which implements the actual file/resource reading are also available separately for further customisation.

The staticFilesGetEndpoint and staticResourcesGetEndpoint are descriptions which contain the metadata (including caching headers) required to serve a file or resource, and possible error outcomes. This is captured using the StaticInput, StaticErrorOuput and StaticOutput[T] classes.

The sttp.tapir.files.Files and sttp.tapir.files.Resources objects contain the logic implementing server-side reading of files or resources, with etag/last modification support.


The content of WebJars that are available on the classpath can be exposed using the following routes (here using the /resources context path):

import sttp.tapir._
import sttp.tapir.files._

import scala.concurrent.Future

val webJarRoutes = staticResourcesGetServerEndpoint[Future]("resources")(
  this.getClass.getClassLoader, "META-INF/resources/webjars")