jsonschema 0.2.0

An implementation of JSON Schema for D

To use this package, run the following command in your project's root directory:

Manual usage
Put the following dependency into your project's dependences section:


jsonschema is a D implementation of... JSON Schema.

It uses a very flexible design to allow for easy extension of the library. For example, using the adapter pattern, you could actually read the schema from a different language, and also validate a different language against a schema! Schema language and the validated language can also differ.

For example, you can write the schema in JSON, then apply the schema to SDLang.

This also allows for any JSON backend to be used, currently one for std.json is bundled.


This library isn't able to provide terribly great error messages. The first reason is due to laziness, because I could technically keep track of certain things to make a decent error message. The second reason is most parsers discard line information, especially for JSON, so I can't exactly do much about that.

This is not fully compliant yet, as it only implements the easy stuff:

  • [x] type keyword, and all types
  • [x] string, length, pattern.
  • [ ] format
  • [x] integer, number, multipleOf
  • [ ] range (draft 4 adds an annoying requirement I need to think about, basically whether to hard code this one or not)
  • [x] object, properties, patternProperties, additionalProperties, required, propertyName, minProperties, maxProperties
  • [x] array, items, prefixItems, additionalItems, minItems, maxItems
  • [ ] uniqueItems (i'm lazy ;p)
  • [ ] contains
  • [x] boolean
  • [x] null
  • [x] title, description
  • [ ] default
  • [ ] examples
  • [ ] deprecated
  • [ ] readOnly
  • [ ] writeOnly
  • [x] enum
  • [ ] const
  • [ ] contentMediaType, contentEncoding
  • [ ] allOf, anyOf, oneOf, not
  • [ ] dependentRequired, dependentSchemas, if-then-else
  • [ ] JSON pointers
  • [ ] $anchor
  • [ ] $id
  • [ ] $ref
  • [ ] $defs
  • [ ] Sub-Schemas

Basic usage

Currently this library only supports JSON out of the box via an std.json adapter:

  • Declare a JsonSchemaStdDefault
  • Call .parseSchema on it, passing in the result of e.g. std.json.parseJSON to setup the schema itself.
  • Call the freestanding validate function, passing in an adapter as the template parameter (e.g. StdJsonAdapter), passing in your schema and your value to validate as the runtime parameters.
  • validate will return a string[] containing any errors found. A null array means no errors were found and validation was successful.

Here's a unittest to show you the usage:

    JsonSchemaStdDefault schema;

        "type": "object",
        "properties": {
            "number": { "type": "number" },
            "street_name": { "type": "string" },
            "street_type": { "enum": ["Street", "Avenue", "Boulevard"] }
        "additionalProperties": { "type": "string" }
    assert(validate!StdJsonAdapter(schema, parseJSON(`
        { "number": 1600, "street_name": "Pennsylvania", "street_type": "Avenue" }
    `)).length == 0);

    assert(validate!StdJsonAdapter(schema, parseJSON(`
        { "number": 1600, "street_name": "Pennsylvania", "street_type": "Avenue", "direction": "NW" }
    `)).length == 0);
    assert(validate!StdJsonAdapter(schema, parseJSON(`
        { "number": 1600, "street_name": "Pennsylvania", "street_type": "Avenue", "office_number": 201 }
    `)).length > 0);

Creating an Adapter or a Constraint

For actually creating these things, I suggest looking at the existing constraints.d and adapters.d files, as that will show you all the required functions that you need to implement and additional symbols that need to be defined.

Then you need to create an instance of JsonSchema that includes your custom adapter (if used for the schema), and any custom constraints, for now you also have to manually redefine all the standard constraints:

alias MySchema = JsonSchema!(


And then you can use things just as before, replacing JsonSchemaStdDefault with MySchema, and optionally any usage of StdJsonAdapter with MY_ADAPTER.

Example of using a different language for the schema, and another for the validated value

TODO once I have the SDLang adapater written.

  • Bradley Chatha
0.2.0 2021-Sep-07
0.1.0 2021-Sep-06
~master 2021-Sep-10
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