bakenezumi / grpc-cli-sbt   0.1.0

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gRPC command line tool on SBT

Scala versions: 2.12
sbt plugins: 1.0

gRPC command line tool on SBT

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This is gRPC command line tool to use on SBT.

This is implemented to follow to the original specifications. and it refer to Polyglot.

This tool assists the input with tab completion when entering a command.

Core functionality

The command line tool can do the following things:

  • Send unary rpc.
  • Attach metadata and(yet) display received metadata.
  • Handle common authentication to server.(yet)
  • Infer request/response types from server reflection result.
  • Find the request/response types from a given proto file.
  • Read proto request in text form.
  • Read request in wire form (for protobuf messages, this means serialized binary form).(yet)
  • Display proto response in text form.
  • (not yet)Write response in wire form to a file.(yet)


edit your-project/project/plugins.sbt

addSbtPlugin("com.github.bakenezumi" % "grpc-cli-sbt" % "0.1.0")


Most grpc-cli commands need the server to support server reflection. See guides for Java , C++ and Go


After enabling server reflection in a server application, you can use gRPC CLI to get information about its available services.

$ sbt
sbt:your-project> set gRPCEndpoint := "localhost:50051"
sbt:your-project> grpc-cli ls

The localhost:50051 part indicates the server you are connecting to.

List services

grpc-cli ls command lists services and methods exposed at a setting port

  • List all the services exposed at a given port

    sbt:your-project> grpc-cli ls


  • List one service with details

    grpc-cli ls command inspects a service given its full name (in the format of <package>.<service>). It can print information with a long listing format when -l flag is set. This flag can be used to get more details about a service.

    sbt:your-project> grpc-cli ls helloworld.Greeter -l

    helloworld.Greeter is full name of the service.


    filename: helloworld.proto
    package: helloworld;
    service Greeter {
      rpc SayHello(helloworld.HelloRequest) returns (helloworld.HelloReply) {}

List methods

  • List one method with details

    grpc-cli ls command also inspects a method given its full name (in the format of <package>.<service>.<method>).

    sbt:your-project> grpc-cli ls helloworld.Greeter.SayHello -l

    helloworld.Greeter.SayHello is full name of the method.


      rpc SayHello(helloworld.HelloRequest) returns (helloworld.HelloReply) {}

Inspect message types

We can use grpc-cli type command to inspect request/response types given the full name of the type (in the format of <package>.<type>).

  • Get information about the request type

    sbt:your-project> grpc-cli type helloworld.HelloRequest

    helloworld.HelloRequest is the full name of the request type.


    message HelloRequest {
      string name = 1[json_name = "name"];

Call a remote method

We can send RPCs to a server and get responses using grpc-cli call command.

  • Call a unary method Send a rpc to a helloworld

    sbt:your-project> grpc-cli call helloworld.Greeter.SayHello
    reading request message from stdin...
    {name:"gRPC CLI SBT"}

    output: message: "Hello gRPC CLI SBT"

  • Use local proto files

    If the server does not have the server reflection service, you will need to provide local proto files containing the service definition.

    The plugin assumes your proto files are under src/main/protobuf, however this is configurable using the gRPCProtoSources setting.


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