Simple JSONRPC for Scala 3.


jsonrpc2 is a small implementation of JSONRPC2 for Scala 3. It supports both the (de-)serialisation of 'JSON types' (integers, arrays, etc) and user-defined Scala types, and is easy to use for both clients and servers. Note that this library does not handle transport, but purely JSONRPC (de-)serialization.


The usage of jsonrpc2 differs depending on whether you are using it on the client or server.

In either case, if you wish to send or receive custom types as RPC parameters, you must define circe de/encoders to do so. If you don't know what that means, see here.

If you'd prefer, then simply note that an import* in the file where you define your data-types will likely mean everything will 'just work', though your mileage may vary.

Regardless, you must import jsonrpc2.given to be able to use this library, or (de-)serialization will fail. Subsequent usage is now dependent on the role jsonrpc2 is performing.


jsonrpc2 creates JSONRPC requests by using the createRpcRequest method. It returns the request itself and a UID identifying it (such that the subsequent response can be matched to it), and takes two arguments:

  1. The name of the method to call, such that the server will know what to invoke.
  2. A list of parameters to pass to the method at the remote end, as a tuple.

If you would instead prefer to create a JSONRPC Notification (i.e. when the receiving server does not need to issue a response), use createRpcNotification. In this case, no ID will be returned.

import jsonrpc2.{*, given}

val (id, req) = createRpcRequest("someRpcMethod", (3, 2, 1, "hi"))
// For example..."", data = req, headers = Map("content-type" -> "application/json"))

To deserialize the response to a previously sent request, use readRpcResponse. The ID of the original request (i.e. that contained in the response) and the RPC result are returned. To interpret this result, use decodeRpcResult[R], where R is the expected return type of the call.

import jsonrpc2.{*, given}

val nativeResult = readRpcResponse(rpcMessage).fold(
  left => throw Exception(left),  // Or however you wish to handle an invalid response...
  (id, res) => 
    // ... If the ID matches that previously sent for a given method expected to return an `Int`...


On the server, RPC methods can be created from existing functions using the asRpcMethod extension, defined in RpcExtensions. asRpcMethod handles arbitrary return types and effectively arbitrary parameters, but there are several things to bear in mind:

  1. If the method takes more than one argument, then it must be converted to a single-arity method that takes a tuple. Use the built-in method .tupled to do so, e.g. fooBar.tupled.asRpcMethod.
  2. The function being converted must return an Either; encode any errors you wish as a Left and they will be serialized appropriately.
  3. If you wish to map errors to particular JSONRPC error codes, then use the jsonrpc.CodedExtensions methods. For example, Left("oh no!").withCode(4) will create an Either that, once serialized, will create an RPC response that includes both the "oh no!" message and the code 4.
  4. If you wish to trigger a method that is guaranteed to succeed using RPC, you may use the asRightMethod extension method to convert a function that returns a T into one that returns a Right[T], thus allowing is to be used as an RPC method.

To deserialize an RPC request or notification (and thus ascertain which method should be called), use readRpcRequest.

import jsonrpc2.{*, given}
import jsonrpc2.RpcExtensions.*

def identity(i: Int) = i
def identityRpc = identity.asRightMethod.asRpcMethod

// Receive some RPC message via some transport, then...
  left => throw Exception(left),
  (methodToCall, argsForMethod) =>
    if methodToCall == "identity" then
      identityRpc(argsForMethod) match 
        case Left(errString) =>   // The method could not be invoked.
        case Right(None) =>       // The received message was a notification; no response is created.
        case Right(Some(resp)) => // `resp` can be sent back to the client via the transport.

Note that the response sent back to the client may be either an error or successful result, depending on whether or not the RPC method itself returned an error.

For further documentation, see method comments.


scala-json-rpc - A Scala 2 project that also handles transport. No longer actively maintained.

Thanks to

circe, upon which this project depends.