Generate ES6 or TypeScript service integration code from an OpenAPI spec with Decorator support.
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OpenAPI Client

Generate ES6 or Typescript service integration code from an OpenAPI spec.

Also supports optional Redux action creator generation.

Tested against JSON services.

This fork includes automatic decorator support, allowing the data types to be read through typescript Metadata Reflection


In your project

npm install openapi-client --save-dev

Or globally to run CLI from anywhere

npm install openapi-client -g

Type Dependencies

If targeting TypeScript you'll also need to install the isomorphic-fetch typings in your project.

npm install @types/isomorphic-fetch --save-dev

Usage – Generating the API client

openapi-client generates action creators in the outDir of your choosing. The rest of the examples assume that you've set --outDir api-client. You can generate the api-client either using the CLI, or in code.


Usage: openapi [options]


  -h, --help              output usage information
  -V, --version           output the version number
  -s, --src <url|path>    The url or path to the Open API spec file
  -o, --outDir <dir>      The path to the directory where files should be generated
  -l, --language <js|ts>  The language of code to generate
  --redux                 True if wanting to generate redux action creators


const openapi = require('openapi-client')
  src: 'http://petstore.swagger.io/v2/swagger.json',
  outDir: './src/service',
  language: 'ts',
  redux: true
.then(complete, error)

function complete(spec) {
  console.info('Service generation complete')

function error(e) {

Usage – Integrating into your project


If you don't need authorization, or to override anything provided by your OpenAPI spec, you can use the actions generated by openapi-client directly. However, most of the time you'll need to perform some authorization to use your API. If that's the case, you can initialize the client, probably in the index.js of your client-side app:

import serviceGateway from './path/to/service/gateway';

  url: 'https://service.com/api', // set your service url explicitly. Defaults to the one generated from your OpenAPI spec
  getAuthorization // Add a `getAuthorization` handler for when a request requires auth credentials

// The param 'security' represents the security definition in your OpenAPI spec a request is requiring
// For bearer type it has two properties:
// 1. id - the name of the security definition from your OpenAPI spec
// 2. scopes - the token scope(s) required
// Should return a promise
function getAuthorization(security) {
  switch (security.id) {
    case 'account': return getAccountToken(security);
    // case 'api_key': return getApiKey(security); // Or any other securityDefinitions from your OpenAPI spec
    default: throw new Error(`Unknown security type '${security.id}'`)

function getAccountToken(security) {
  const token = findAccountToken(security); // A utility function elsewhere in your application that returns a string containing your token – possibly from Redux or localStorage
  if (token) return Promise.resolve({ token: token.value });
  else throw new Error(`Token ${type} ${security.scopes} not available`);

Using generated Redux action creators

You can use the generated API client directly. However, if you pass --redux or redux: true to openapi-client, you will have generated Redux action creators to call your API (using a wrapper around fetch). The following example assumes that you're using react-redux to wrap action creators in dispatch.

In your component:

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { connect } from 'react-redux';
import { bindActionCreators } from 'redux';
import functional from 'react-functional';

import { getPetById } from '../api-client/action/pet';

const Pet = ({ actions, pet }) => (

// Dispatch an action to get the pet when the component mounts. Here we're using 'react-functional', but this could also be done using the class componentDidMount method
Pet.componentDidMount = ({ actions }) => actions.getPetById(id);

const mapStateToProps = state => (
    pet: getPet(state) // a function that gets 

const mapDispatchToProps = dispatch => (
    actions: bindActionCreators({ getPetById }, dispatch)

export default connect( mapStateToProps, mapDispatchToProps)(functional(Pet));

The client can't generate your reducer for you as it doesn't know how merge the returned object into state, so you'll need to add a something to your reducer, such as:

export default function reducer(state = initialState, action) {
  switch (action.type) {
      return state.set('isFetching', true);
    case GET_PET_BY_ID: // When we actually have a pet returned
        return state.merge({
          isFetching: false,
          pet: action.payload,
          error: null,
      else{ // handle an error
        return state.merge({
          isFetching: false,
          error: action.error,
      return state;

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