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Protocol Buffer Compiler for Scala

ScalaPB and JSON

ScalaPB can convert protocol buffers to and from JSON, using json4s.

Setting up your project

Make sure that you are using ScalaPB 0.5.x or later.

In build.sbt add a dependency on scalapb-json4s:

// For ScalaPB 0.6.x:
libraryDependencies += "com.trueaccord.scalapb" %% "scalapb-json4s" % "0.3.2"

// For ScalaPB 0.5.x:
libraryDependencies += "com.trueaccord.scalapb" %% "scalapb-json4s" % "0.1.6"

In your code, you can now convert to JSON:

import com.trueaccord.scalapb.json.JsonFormat

val r: String = JsonFormat.toJsonString(myProto)

Parse JSON back to a protocol buffer:

import com.trueaccord.scalapb.json.JsonFormat

val proto: MyProto = JsonFormat.fromJsonString[MyProto](
    """{"x": "17"}""")

There are lower-level functions toJson() and fromJson() that convert from protos to json4s’s JValue:

def toJson(m: GeneratedMessage): JObject

def fromJson[Proto](value: JValue): Proto

Finally, in JsonFormat there are two implicit methods that instantiate Reader[Proto] and Writer[Proto].

More printing and parsing options

There are a few more options available to customize the format used to print and parse JSON. To take advantage of that, instantiate Printer and Parser and call toJson() / fromJson() as usual.

For example:

new com.trueaccord.scalapb.json.Printer(
  includingDefaultValueFields = true,
  preservingProtoFieldNames = true,
  formattingLongAsNumber = true

See the list of constructor paramerters here