Respite - REST for microservices

Version 0.2.3 Just released - now with Sprinkles™!

Respite is a micro-framework designed for creating RESTful services in microservices architectures and reactive web applications. It is fairly opinionated, however built upon the excellent Scalatra, it is also easily extended.

Why use Respite?

Respite is not a fully featured framework like Play, Lift, Spring MVC etc. It is a micro-framework designed particularly well for:

Getting Started

The recommended approach is using the Respite Generator, as it comes integrated with a scaffolding engine to assist with rapid development.

Using the Respite Generator

Follow these steps to get a basic Respite project up and running.

Respite comes with a scaffolding tool to make creating services a breeze. Before you start, ensure you have access to a Mongo DB instance running on the default port on or modify the provided .env file overriding environment variables.

  1. Install sbt.
  2. Install giter8:
    1. curl | sh.
    2. ~/bin/cs n8han/giter8.
  3. Run ~/bin/g8 mefellows/respite-sbt.g8 and follow the prompts.
  4. Launch sbt in this directory. Wait patiently as it downloads the Internet the first time.
  5. Execute container:start to launch the web application.
  6. Execute browse to see a default HTML template display in your browser - this is nothing exciting.

Once you're up and running, you can use the giter8 scaffolding tool to build our your services.


From within sbt run g8Scaffold <TAB> to see what can be auto-generated for you:

Creating CRUD Services

This command will generate for you a Model and accompanying Repository & Controller classes along with stubbed test cases. It is the best way to get started learning Respite:

> g8Scaffold crud-service
model_name [MyModel]: Car
organisation []:
Success :)

To make this service active, you will need to register your Controller. See below for an example.

Creating Models

g8Scaffold model

Creating Repositories

g8Scaffold repository

Creating Controllers

g8Scaffold controller

Existing Scalatra Application

If you already have an existing Scalatra application, you can extend it with Respite features:

In your build.{sbt, scala}:

libraryDependencies += "" %% "respite-core" % "0.2.2"

Create a Model

case class User(id: BSONObjectID = BSONObjectID.generate, username: String, firstName: String) extends Model[BSONObjectID]

object User {
  implicit val format = modelFormat { Json.format[User] }

Create a Repository

Here is a Repository definition that saves data to a Mongo Database (using the Reactive Mongo library), creating an Index on the username field.

class UserRepository(implicit mc: MongoConnector)
  extends ReactiveRepository[User, BSONObjectID]("users", mc.db, modelFormatForMongo {Json.format[User]}, ReactiveMongoFormats.objectIdFormats) {

  override def ensureIndexes() = {
    collection.indexesManager.ensure(Index(Seq("username" -> IndexType.Ascending), name = Some("keyFieldUniqueIdx"), unique = true, sparse = true))

Add RestController instance to your Scalatra Bootstrap file

Create an instance of RestController for a User in table "users" on path "/users/*":

class ScalatraBootstrap extends LifeCycle {
  protected implicit def executor: ExecutionContext =

  override def init(context: ServletContext) {

    // Import implicit definitions into Scope
    implicit val bindingModule = ProductionConfigurationModule  // DI Configuration object
    import  // JSON extensions

    // Add Controllers
    addServlet(new RestController[User, BSONObjectID]("users", User.format, new UserRepository), "/users/*")