RAML extension


This extension provides a preview integration with RAML including:

  • automated generation of RAML descriptor in YAML
  • introspection of Restlet API based applications

In this scenario, we will add RAML support to a Restlet based API.



Add org.restlet.ext.raml.jar (provided in the "lib" directory of restlet framework) to your classpath.

Make sure you are using the version 2.3 of Restlet and java 1.7.


Make your application class extend org.restlet.ext.raml.RamlApplication instead of org.restlet.Application.

By default, the RAML documentation will be available on the path "/raml" of your API. If you want to change this path, you can specify it manually in the method createInboundRoot:

public Restlet createInboundRoot() {
        // Router for the API's resources
        Router apiRouter = createApiRouter();
        attachRamlSpecificationRestlet(apiRouter, "/docs");
        // Protect the set of resources
        ChallengeAuthenticator guard = createApiGuard(apiRouter);
        return guard;

Here, you specify that the RAML definition will be provided on the path "/docs".


If you want to display a definition edited manually, the RamlApplication can get it directly from files. To do that, you just have to override the method getRamlSpecificationRestlet() of class RamlApplication and make it return a custom Restlet.

I am using RAML java parser to get the definition from a file. You can get it here.

See sample implementation below:

    public RamlSpecificationRestlet getRamlSpecificationRestlet(
            Context context) {
        return new RamlSpecificationRestlet(getContext()) {

            public Representation getRaml() {
                StringRepresentation result = new StringRepresentation(
                        new RamlEmitter().dump(new RamlDocumentBuilder()
                return result;

For additional details, please consult the Javadocs.