Java REST API + cURL + python3

During the next lines, I am going to implement a very simple REST API using JavaEE 7 and Java SE 8 technologies, maven as build tool and GlassFish as application server. I am going to test this API with cURL and, I am going to consume this API using python3 using the Requests module.


First, we need to create a maven project in our favorite IDE and add our dependencies to the pom.xml file




Second, we are going to create a persistence.xml file. In this case, we are not interested in how to configure a DB, then, we are going to use the default datasource that GlassFish provides us as default “jdbc/__default“. With all of this in mind, the file should look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<persistence version="2.1" xmlns=""
    <persistence-unit name="ApiCrudPU" transaction-type="JTA">
            <property name="javax.persistence.schema-generation.database.action" value="create"/>

Now, we need to create our Entity. In this case, I have chosen a simple one, User with three attributes:

  • id: Autogenerated id to identify the user.
  • name: User’s name.
  • email: User’s email.

The result should be something like:

package com.wordpress.binarycoders.apicrud;

import java.util.Objects;
import javax.persistence.Column;
import javax.persistence.Entity;
import javax.persistence.GeneratedValue;
import javax.persistence.GenerationType;
import javax.persistence.Id;
import javax.persistence.NamedQueries;
import javax.persistence.NamedQuery;
import javax.persistence.Table;
import javax.xml.bind.annotation.XmlAccessType;
import javax.xml.bind.annotation.XmlAccessorType;
import javax.xml.bind.annotation.XmlRootElement;

@Table (name = "users")
@NamedQueries ({
    @NamedQuery (name = User.FIND_ALL, query = "SELECT u FROM User u")
public class User implements Serializable {
    private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
    public static final String FIND_ALL = "User.findAll";
    @GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.AUTO)
    private Long id;
    @Column(name = "name")
    private String name;
    @Column(name = "email")
    private String email;

    /* Getters, Setters, equals and hashCode methods */    

The next step, it is to implement the boundary or service layer. Being a simple example, we can skip this layer, but I like to implement everything for learning purposes. This layer is going to be very simple, only the necessary object to perform the operation in the DB and the basic operations to implement a CRUD. The result looks like:

package com.wordpress.binarycoders.apicrud;

import java.util.List;
import javax.ejb.Stateless;
import javax.persistence.EntityManager;
import javax.persistence.PersistenceContext;
import javax.persistence.TypedQuery;
import javax.validation.constraints.NotNull;

public class UserService {
    private EntityManager em;
    public void create(@NotNull User user) {
    public User findById(@NotNull Long id) {
        return this.em.find(User.class, id);
    public List<User> findAll() {
        TypedQuery<User> typedQuery = this.em.createNamedQuery(User.FIND_ALL, User.class);

        return typedQuery.getResultList();
    public void update(@NotNull User user) {
    public void delete(@NotNull Long id) {

To do all of this available to the world, we need to implement our REST API, and for this, we need to configure the REST capabilities in our system, piece of cake with the last version of Java EE. We just need to create a class to enable these capabilities:

package com.wordpress.binarycoders.apicrud;


public class ApplicationConfig extends Application {

And, finally, we need to implement our REST layer with the four actions that are going to allow us to perform the CRUD operations:

package com.wordpress.binarycoders.apicrud;

import java.util.List;
import javax.ejb.EJB;
import javax.ejb.Stateless;

@Produces ({ MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON })
@Consumes ({ MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON })
public class UserEndPoint {
    private UserService service;
    private UriInfo uriInfo;
    public Response findAll() {
        List<User> users = this.service.findAll();
        GenericEntity<List<User>> list = new GenericEntity<List<User>>(users) {};
        return Response.ok(list).build();
    public Response findById(@PathParam("id") Long id) {
        User user = this.service.findById(id);
        if (user == null) {
            throw new NotFoundException();
        return Response.ok(user).build();
    public Response create(User user) {
        URI uri = uriInfo.getAbsolutePathBuilder().path(String.valueOf(user.getId())).build();
        return Response.created(uri).build();
    public Response update(User user) {
        return Response.ok().build();
    public Response delete(@PathParam("id") Long id) {
        return Response.noContent().build();

I think that in this point, assuming that everyone reading this, it is a developer and this is not an entry level post, all of you should be capable to understand everything has been written in the above lines. If there are things that you do not know or you do not understand due to a lack of information or your knowledge is not enough (all of us have been there), look at the note at the end of this post.

cURL test

Now, obviously, we need to test if our REST API is working properly. For this, we can implement some solution based on test frameworks or manual code but, due to the simplicity of the object User, it is enough with the cURL tool. To test our API we are going to perform these operations:

  • Select all the users
  • Create a user
  • Select the created user
  • Update the user
  • Delete the user

These operations can be performed with the next commands:

curl -i -H "Content-Type: application/json" http://localhost:8080/ApiCRUD/rs/users
curl -i -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST -d '{"name":"john","email":""}' http://localhost:8080/ApiCRUD/rs/users
curl -i -H "Content-Type: application/json" http://localhost:8080/ApiCRUD/rs/users/1
curl -i -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X PUT -d '{"id”:1,”name":"John Doe","email":""}' http://localhost:8080/ApiCRUD/rs/users
curl -i -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X DELETE http://localhost:8080/ApiCRUD/rs/users/1

Everything should look well, and the appropriate HTTP codes should be received.

Python3 client

The last step today, it is to implement a very very simple python3 client to consume our API. This is going to be a basic script to invoke the CRUD operations available in the API.

#!/usr/bin/env python3
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import requests
import json

URL = 'http://localhost:8080/ApiCRUD/rs/users'

def getUsers():
	print('Get users...\n')

	response = requests.get(URL)

	assert response.status_code == 200

	users = response.json()
	print(json.dumps(users, indent = 4, separators = (',', ':')))

def getUser(location):
	print('Get single user ...\n')

	response = requests.get(location)

	assert response.status_code == 200

	users = response.json()
	print(json.dumps(users, indent = 4, separators = (',', ':')))

def createUser():
	print('Creating user...\n')

	headers = {'content-type': 'application/json'}
	user = {"name": "John Doe", "email": ""}
	response =, data = json.dumps(user), headers = headers)

	assert response.status_code == 201

	print('Location: ' + response.headers['location'])

	return response.headers['location']

def updateUser(location):
	print('Updating user...')

	loc = location.split('/')

	headers = {'content-type': 'application/json'}
	user = {"id": loc[-1], "name": "Jane Doe", "email": ""}
	response = requests.put(URL, data = json.dumps(user), headers = headers)

	assert response.status_code == 200

def deleteUser(location):
	print('Deleting user...')

	response = requests.delete(location)

	assert response.status_code == 204

	print('Checking delete operation')
	response = requests.get(location)

	assert response.status_code == 404

def main():
	location = createUser()

if __name__ == "__main__":

And that’s all. Now, we have a little REST AP, a python3 client and a basic knowledge about how to use cURL to test it.

See you.

You can find the code for the REST API available here.

Note: All the content in this post will be splitter and explained in future post, one for each one of the three big point explained in here: Java EE 7 REST API creation, cURL test and python3 REST client.

Java REST API + cURL + python3

One thought on “Java REST API + cURL + python3

  1. […] The second thing, it is just add the necessary code to the project to implement the REST service. Like I have said before, it is simple Java EE 7 code, I don’t think it need any especial explanation, if you need some additional explanation you have in this blog some articles about REST services and how to implement them in Java EE 7. One of this examples can be found here. […]


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