JSON-RPC CLI module enables you to write a command line application re-using JSON-RPC programming model.


To get started and have the right classpath, start by adding this dependency:


Write a command

To write an user command, just write a JSON-RPC endpoint as usual:

public class SampleCommand {
    @JsonRpcMethod(name = "my-command")
    public MyResponse command(@JsonRpcParam("first") final MyRequest request) {
        return ....;
as it uses µship CDI integration, don’t forget a META-INF/beans.xml in your resources (it can be empty) to enable the module scanning.

Launch the CLI

You can use any main and handle the command execution with io.yupiik.uship.jsonrpc.cli.api.JsonRpcCliExecutor to execute the command once the arguments parsed.

However, io.yupiik.uship.jsonrpc.cli.main.JsonRpcCli provides a default main with these features:

  • Script handling using -f (or --file): each line not starting with a # or being empty will be parsed and executed as a command,

  • Container log lines are hidden until their level is severe enough (INFO are skipped) making it more CLI friendly,

  • CDI container uses default discovery (scanning).


java \
  -cp $classpath \
  io.yupiik.uship.jsonrpc.cli.main.JsonRpcCli \
  $command \


The parameters of the command are passed using the form $name $value. It means that you must always have pairs of arguments (a b c will fail because it missed a fourth parameter).

The parameters are bound as a JSON-RPC request using the parameter type as indicator, if a primitive the value is directly used, if a class or list it is handled using a properties syntax, etc…​

Properties syntax

The properties syntax uses a flattenized form of objects/simple lists:

public class Nested {
    private String name;
    private List<String> list;
public class Root {
    private Nested nested;

To configure this model, for example, you will use these properties - assuming the parameter of type Root is passed to the JSON-RPC method and named root:

root.nested.name = xxx
root.nested.list.0 = yyy
root.nested.list.1 = zzz
for list of objects $list.$index.$nestedAttribute format is used.

From the command line, . can be replaced by - to make it CLI friendly (previous example would look like: --root-nested-name MyName for example).

Streams injections

stdout and stderr can be injected in commands using @StdOut @Inject PrintStream stdout; or @StdErr @Inject PrintStream stderr;.

It is often needed when you want to output data using streaming instead of passing the data to the result of the command.