An input is described by an instance of the EndpointInput trait, and an output by an instance of the EndpointOutput trait. Some inputs can be used both as inputs and outputs; then, they additionally implement the EndpointIO trait.

Each input or output can yield/accept a value (but doesn’t have to).

For example, query[Int]("age"): EndpointInput[Int] describes an input, which is the age parameter from the URI’s query, and which should be coded (using the string-to-integer codec) as an Int.

The tapir package contains a number of convenience methods to define an input or an output for an endpoint. For inputs, these are:

  • path[T], which captures a path segment as an input parameter of type T
  • any string, which will be implicitly converted to a fixed path segment. Path segments can be combined with the / method, and don’t map to any values (have type EndpointInput[Unit])
  • paths, which maps to the whole remaining path as a List[String]
  • query[T](name) captures a query parameter with the given name
  • queryParams captures all query parameters, represented as QueryParams
  • cookie[T](name) captures a cookie from the Cookie header with the given name
  • extractFromRequest extracts a value from the request. This input is only used by server interpreters, ignored by documentation interpreters. Client interpreters ignore the provided value.

For both inputs/outputs:

  • header[T](name) captures a header with the given name
  • headers captures all headers, represented as List[Header]
  • cookies captures cookies from the Cookie header and represents them as List[Cookie]
  • setCookie(name) captures the value & metadata of the a Set-Cookie header with a matching name
  • setCookies captures cookies from the Set-Cookie header and represents them as List[SetCookie]
  • stringBody, plainBody[T], jsonBody[T], rawBinaryBody[R], binaryBody[R, T], formBody[T], multipartBody[T] captures the body
  • streamBody[S] captures the body as a stream: only a client/server interpreter supporting streams of type S can be used with such an endpoint

For outputs:

  • statusCode maps to the status code of the response
  • statusCode(code) maps to a fixed status code of the response

Combining inputs and outputs

Endpoint inputs/outputs can be combined in two ways. However they are combined, the values they represent always accumulate into tuples of values.

First, inputs/outputs can be combined using the .and method. Such a combination results in an input/output, which maps to a tuple of the given types. This combination can be assigned to a value and re-used in multiple endpoints. As all other values in tapir, endpoint input/output descriptions are immutable. For example, an input specifying two query parameters, start (mandatory) and limit (optional) can be written down as:

import sttp.tapir._
import sttp.tapir.json.circe._
import java.util.UUID

case class User(name: String)

val paging: EndpointInput[(UUID, Option[Int])] = 

// we can now use the value in multiple endpoints, e.g.:
val listUsersEndpoint: Endpoint[(UUID, Option[Int]), Unit, List[User], Any] ="user" / "list").in(paging).out(jsonBody[List[User]])

Second, inputs can be combined by calling the in, out and errorOut methods on Endpoint multiple times. Each time such a method is invoked, it extends the list of inputs/outputs. This can be useful to separate different groups of parameters, but also to define template-endpoints, which can then be further specialized. For example, we can define a base endpoint for our API, where all paths always start with /api/v1.0, and errors are always returned as a json:

import sttp.tapir._
import sttp.tapir.json.circe._

case class ErrorInfo(message: String)

val baseEndpoint: Endpoint[Unit, ErrorInfo, Unit, Any] ="api" / "v1.0").errorOut(jsonBody[ErrorInfo])

Thanks to the fact that inputs/outputs accumulate, we can use the base endpoint to define more inputs, for example:

case class Status(uptime: Long)

val statusEndpoint: Endpoint[Unit, ErrorInfo, Status, Any] ="status").out(jsonBody[Status])

The above endpoint will correspond to the api/v1.0/status path.

Mapping over input/output values

Inputs/outputs can also be mapped over. As noted before, all mappings are bi-directional, so that they can be used both when interpreting an endpoint as a server, and as a client, as well as both in input and output contexts.

There’s a couple of ways to map over an input/output. First, there’s the map[II](f: I => II)(g: II => I) method, which accepts functions which provide the mapping in both directions. For example:

import sttp.tapir._
import java.util.UUID

case class Paging(from: UUID, limit: Option[Int])

val paging: EndpointInput[Paging] = 
    .map(input => Paging(input._1, input._2))(paging => (paging.from, paging.limit))

Next, you can use mapDecode[II](f: I => DecodeResult[II])(g: II => I), to handle cases where decoding (mapping a low-level value to a higher-value one) can fail. There’s a couple of failure reasons, captured by the alternatives of the DecodeResult trait.

Mappings can also be done given an Mapping[I, II] instance. More on that in the secion on codecs.

Creating a mapping between a tuple and a case class is a common operation, hence there’s also a mapTo(CaseClassCompanion) method, which automatically provides the functions to construct/deconstruct the case class:

val paging: EndpointInput[Paging] = 

Mapping methods can also be called on an endpoint (which is useful if inputs/outputs are accumulated, for example). The Endpoint.mapIn, Endpoint.mapInTo etc. have the same signatures are the ones above.

Describing input values using annotations

Inputs can also be built for case classes using annotations. For example, for the case class User

import sttp.tapir.annotations._

case class User(
  name: String,
  sessionId: Long

endpoint input can be generated using macro sttp.tapir.annotations.deriveEndpointInput[User] which is equivalent to

import sttp.tapir._

val userInput: EndpointInput[User] =

Following annotations are available in package sttp.tapir.annotations for describing input values:

  • @query captures a query parameter with the same name as name of annotated field in a case class. This annotation can also be used with optional parameter @query("paramName") in order to capture a query parameter with name "paramName" if a name of query parameter is different from name of annotated field in a case class
  • @params captures all query parameters. Can only be applied to fields represented as QueryParams
  • @header captures a header with the same name as name of annotated field in a case class. The same as annotation @query it has optional parameter to specify alternative name for header
  • @headers captures all headers. Can only be applied to fields represented as List[Header]
  • @cookie captures a cookie with the same name as name of annotated field in a case class. The same as annotation @query it has optional parameter to specify alternative name for cookie
  • @cookies captures all cookies. Can only be applied to fields represented as List[Cookie]
  • @path captures a path segment. Can only be applied to field of a case class if this case class is annotated by annotation @endpointInput. For example,
import sttp.tapir.annotations._

case class Book(
  genre: String,
  year: Int,
  name: String

Annotation @endpointInput specifies endpoint path. In order to capture one segment of this path it must be surrounded in curly braces

  • @jsonbody captures JSON body of request. Can only be applied to field if there is implicit JSON Codec instance from String to target type
  • @xmlbody captures XML body of request. Also requires implicit XML Codec instance from String to target type
  • @apikey wraps any other input and designates it as an API key. Can only be used with another annotations
  • @basic extracts data from the Authorization header. Can only be applied for field represented as UsernamePassword
  • @bearer extracts data from the Authorization header removing the Bearer prefix.

Path matching

By default (as with all other types of inputs), if no path input/path segments are defined, any path will match.

If any path input/path segment is defined, the path must match exactly - any remaining path segments will cause the endpoint not to match the request. For example,"api") will match /api, /api/, but won’t match /, /api/users.

To match only the root path, use an empty string:"") will match and

To match a path prefix, first define inputs which match the path prefix, and then capture any remaining part using paths, e.g.:"api" / "download").in(paths)".