Apicurio Registry content rules

This chapter introduces the optional rules used to govern Apicurio Registry content and provides details on the available rule configuration:

Govern Apicurio Registry content using rules

To govern the evolution of artifact content added to Apicurio Registry, you can configure optional rules. All configured global rules or artifact-specific rules must pass before a new artifact version can be uploaded to Apicurio Registry. Configured artifact-specific rules override any configured global rules.

The goal of these rules is to prevent invalid content from being added to Apicurio Registry. For example, content can be invalid for the following reasons:

  • Invalid syntax for a given artifact type, for example, AVRO or PROTOBUF.

  • Valid syntax, but semantics violate a specification.

  • Incompatibility, when new content includes breaking changes relative to the current artifact version.

  • Artifact reference integrity, for example, a duplicate or non-existent artifact reference mapping.

You can enable optional content rules using the Apicurio Registry web console, REST API commands, or a Java client application.

When rules are applied

Rules are applied only when content is added to Apicurio Registry. This includes the following REST operations:

  • Adding an artifact

  • Updating an artifact

  • Adding an artifact version

If a rule is violated, Apicurio Registry returns an HTTP error. The response body includes the violated rule and a message showing what went wrong.

Order of precedence of rules

The order of precedence for artifact-specific and global rules is as follows:

  • If you enable an artifact-specific rule, and the equivalent global rule is enabled, the artifact rule overrides the global rule.

  • If you disable an artifact-specific rule, and the equivalent global rule is enabled, the global rule applies.

  • If you disable an artifact-specific rule, and the equivalent global rule is disabled, the rule is disabled for all artifacts.

  • If you set a rule value to NONE at the artifact level, you override the enabled global rule. In this case, the artifact rule value of NONE takes precedence for this artifact, but the enabled global rule continues to apply to any other artifacts that have the rule disabled at the artifact level.

How rules work

Each rule has a name and configuration information. Apicurio Registry maintains the list of rules for each artifact and the list of global rules. Each rule in the list consists of a name and configuration for the rule implementation.

A rule is provided with the content of the current version of the artifact (if one exists) and the new version of the artifact being added. The rule implementation returns true or false depending on whether the artifact passes the rule. If not, Apicurio Registry reports the reason why in an HTTP error response. Some rules might not use the previous version of the content. For example, compatibility rules use previous versions, but syntax or semantic validity rules do not.

Additional resources

For more details, see Apicurio Registry rule reference.

Content rule configuration

Administrators can configure Apicurio Registry global rules and artifact-specific rules. Developers can configure artifact-specific rules only.

Apicurio Registry applies the rules configured for the specific artifact. If no rules are configured at that level, Apicurio Registry applies the globally configured rules. If no global rules are configured, no rules are applied.

Configure artifact rules

You can configure artifact rules using the Apicurio Registry web console or REST API. For details, see the following:

Configure global rules

Administrators can configure global rules in several ways:

  • Use the admin/rules operations in the REST API

  • Use the Apicurio Registry web console

  • Set default global rules using Apicurio Registry application properties

Configure default global rules

Administrators can configure Apicurio Registry at the application level to enable or disable global rules. You can configure default global rules at installation time without post-install configuration using the following application property format:


The following rule names are currently supported:

  • compatibility

  • validity

  • integrity

The value of the application property must be a valid configuration option that is specific to the rule being configured.

You can configure these application properties as Java system properties or include them in the Quarkus application.properties file. For more details, see the Quarkus documentation.