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Request Transformation Plugin for Gloo


The Transformation Plugin for Gloo is the foundation of HTTP-based function routing. The transformation plugin enables transformation of requests and responses through the use of templates.

Users of Gloo (including discovery services) can provide templates and parameter sources (used for filling templates) in order to transform client requests to the structure expected by upstream APIs, as well as transform responses to the format expected by the client.

Request transformations live on the function level. Request transformations can be defined for functions on service and kubernetes upstream types.

The actual content of the transformation is specified using templates. We use Inja as our template engine in our transformation filter, so the syntax for the templates used in request transformation should match that specified in the Inja documentation.

If a function's request template uses named variables (denoted by a string such as {{ variable_name }}), Gloo requires that the routes pointing to that function specify sources for those parameters on the incoming request. The sources for the parameters live in the route's extensions. A request that fails to supply a parameter to a function upstream will receive a 400 Bad Request as a response.

If the request body is JSON, the fields in that object can be used as sources for parameters without having to specify the body as a source on the route extensions. The template can retrieve variables from the request body by referring to them using JSONPath syntax.

Function Spec Configuration - Request Transformation

Request transformation functions can be added to any supported upstream (currently kubernetes and service upstreams are supported).

The function spec for Request Transformation has the following structure:

path: <Inja template string>
headers: map<<Inja template string>, <Inja template string>>
body: <Inja template string>
Field Type Description
path template string If specified, the outgoing request path will be transformed to this value.
headers map<template string, template string> If specified, the outgoing request headers will be transformed to these values.
body template string The outgoing request body will be transformed to this value. If left empty, the outgoing request body will be empty

An example request transformation function looks like the following:

- name: addPet
    body: '{"tag": "{{tag}}","id": {{id}},"name": "{{name}}"}'
      :method: POST
    path: /api/pets

Route Spec Configuration - Request Transformation (Parameters)

Request Transformation parameters live on the route extensions, and have the following structure:

  path: string
  headers: map<string, string>
Field Type Description
parameters Parameters the object that contains the parameter sources
headers map<string, string> Gloo will search the specified headers for parameters. Parameters should be specified by name in single-curly braces
path string Gloo will search the path for parameters. Parameters should be specified by name in single-curly braces

An example route to specify parameters for the above function can look like the following:

- request_matcher:
    path_exact: /petstore/add
      function_name: addPet
      upstream_name: default-petstore-8080
        x-pet-id: '{id}'
        x-pet-tag: '{tag}'
        x-pet-name: '{name}'

Gloo will extract the variables named id, tag, and name from the specified headers on the incoming request and use them to generate the outgoing request. If they cannot be found in the request headers, Envoy will try to parse the request body as JSON and search there by json path. If the parameters still cannot be found, Envoy will return a 400 Bad Request to the client.


The Gloo Function Discovery Service will automatically discover function transformations for upstreams that serve a swagger.json file. See the petstore example to see an example of this discovery service in action.