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Plack::Middleware::REST - Route PSGI requests for RESTful web applications


version 0.02


    # $get, $create, $update, $list, $app must be PSGI applications
    builder {
        enable 'REST',
            get          => $get,      # HTTP GET on a resource
            create       => $create,   # HTTP POST in '/'
            upsert       => $update,   # HTTP PUT on a resource
            list         => $list,     # HTTP GET on '/'
            pass_through => 1;         # pass if no defined REST request


Plack::Middleware::REST routes HTTP requests (given in PSGI request format) on the principles of Representational State Transfer (REST). In short, the application manages a set of resources with common base URL, each identified by its URL. One can retrieve, create, update, delete, and list resources based on HTTP request methods.

Let's say an instance of Plack::Middleware::REST is mounted at the base URL The following HTTP request types can be recognized, once they have been assigned:


Calls the PSGI application create to create a new resource with URL assigned by the application.


Calls the application get to retrieve an existing resource identified by


Calls the PSGI application upsert to either update an existing resource identified by or to create a new resource with this URL. The application may reject updates and/or creation of new resources, acting like an update or insert method.


Calls the PSGI application delete to delete an existing resource identified by


Calls the PSGI application list to get a list of existing resources.

Additional HTTP request types HEAD, OPTIONS, and PATCH may be added in a later version of this module.

Other requests result either result in a PSGI response with error code 405 and a list of possible request types in the Accept header, or the request is passed to the underlying application in the middleware stack, if option pass_through is set.


The options get, create, upsert, delete, list can be set to PSGI applications to enable the corresponding REST request type. One can also use string aliases, including app to pass the request in the middleware stack:

    builder {
        enable 'REST',
            get          => 'app',   # pass GET requests on resource to $wrapped
            create       => $create, # pass POST to base URL to $create
            upsert       => $update; # pass PUT requests on resources to $update
            pass_through => 0;       # respond other requests with 405


Plack::Middleware::REST::Util provides some utility methods to implement RESTful PSGI applications with Plack::Middleware::REST. See Plack::Middleware::Negotiate for content negotiation.


Jakob Voß <>


This software is copyright (c) 2012 by Jakob Voß.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

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