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Open API Specification

The OpenAPI Specification formerly known as the Swagger Specification is a standard for describing, consuming and visualizing RESTful APIs. The OrderCloud API publishes a new definition every time a new version is released. This enables OrderCloud developers to generate SDKs, API documentation, and even the Devcenter.

This tool takes in an OrderCloud OpenAPI spec along with a set of templates and generates an output. In our case, that output is a set of javascript SDKs but it really could be anything that needs data about the OrderCloud API. Our hope is that outside developers might find some use for it as well, perhaps for an SDK in another language not familiar to us.

⚙️ Installation

npm install @ordercloud/oc-codegen


yarn add @ordercloud/oc-codegen


With the command-line interface

oc-codegen --help
Usage: oc-codegen [options]
A codegen tool for the OrderCloud API
  -v, --version                           output the version number
  -t, --templates <folder>                (required) where to locate handlebars templates
  -i, --input-spec <path>                 path to valid openapi spec v3.0.0+ (defaults to https://api.ordercloud.io/v1/openapi/v3)
  -o, --output <folder>                   where to write the generated files (defaults to current directory)
  -k, --hooks <filepath>                  path to your hooks file
  -b, --handlebars-extensions <filepath>  path to your handlebars extensions file
  -d, --debug                             prints formatted spec passed to handlebars
  -h, --help                              output usage information


The shortest possible syntax

oc-codegen -t './path/to/templates-folder';

This will feed the formatted swagger spec to your handlebars templates and output the content to the current directory

As a module in your project

Using imports

import path from 'path';
import codegen from '@ordercloud/oc-codegen';
    templates: 'path/to/templates-folder',
    inputSpec: null, // default: https://api.ordercloud.io/v1/openapi/v3
    output: null, // default: current directory
    hooks: null,
    handlebarsExtensions: null,
    clean: null, // default: true
    debug: null, // default: false
  .then(function() {
  .catch(function(err) {
    console.error('Something went wrong: ' + err.message);

Using requires

const codegen = require('@ordercloud/oc-codegen');
const path = require('path');
    inputSpec: '/path/to/oc-spec.json',
    templates: '/path/to/templates-folder',
    output: null, // default: current directory
    hooks: null,
    handlebarsExtensions: null,
    clean: true,
    debug: false,
  .then(function() {
  .catch(function(err) {
    console.error('Something went wrong: ' + err.message);

🔧 Creating your own templates

Templates define the skeleton for how your code will be generated. We use handlebars for the templating engine. There are three different types of files that can exist in your templates directory:

  1. Static - copied over as-is with no dynamic content
  2. Static Template - copied over once and processed by handlebars
  3. Contextual Template - generates multiple files with one handlebars template where each file is a different context (resource, model, or operation)

Template Data

Each template has access to the formatted ordercloud spec. Additionally, contextual templates get injected with data for each context (operation, resource, or model).

The debug option will print the formatted spec to stdout which you can then pipe into a file. For example:

oc-codegen -d > formattedSpec.json

Example Templates Directory

Consider the following directory

│   README.md.hbs
    │   _MODEL_.js.hbs
    │   ExtraModel.js

README.md.hbs is a static template and as such will generate one README.md file but will have context from the formatted spec to add dynamic data. For example we might want to set API version in the readme.

_MODEL_.js.hbs is a contextual template. The _MODEL_ piece will be replaced by the current model being generated and have context injected for that model. To generate a contextual resource template include _RESOURCE_ in the file name and similarly for contextual operation templates include _OPERATION_ in the file name.

ExtraModel.js is a static file that will simply get copied over as-is during code generation

Hooks 🎣

Hook into oc-codegen's processing pipeline with hooks!

Implement hooks by exporting them from a javascript file. If your hook performs async work you'll need to make sure it returns a promise, otherwise you can just return directly.

There are three types of hooks for each data type (operation, model, resource)

  • filter{dataType} - filter the result set
  • format{dataType} - replace oc-codegens formatting with your own
  • postFormat{dataType} - run custom formatting after oc-codegen has done initial formatting

There is also one hook at the end of all data type hooks called postProcessTemplateData

module.exports.postProcess = function(templateData, rawSpec) {
  // return your modified template data
  return templateData;

💁 Custom Handlebars Helpers

In addition to the standard handlebars helpers you can define your own custom helpers.

First create a javascript file in your project

function handlebarsExt(Handlebars) {
   * Function to append 'bar' to the end of a word
  Handlebars.registerHelper('appendBar', word => {
    return word + 'bar';
module.exports = handlebarsExt;

Now simply use the helper in your handlebars template and then when you call the cli pass it the path to the extensions file so that the cli can register the helpers prior to compilation.

oc-codegen -t './path/to/templates-folder' -b './path/to/handlebars-extensions';

📄 License

OrderCloud's oc-codegen is an open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license.

🤝 Contributing

Check out our Contributing guide.


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