OpenAPI Specification Support (formerly Swagger)

API Platform natively support the OpenAPI API specification format.


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The specification of the API is available at the /docs.json path. By default, OpenAPI v2 is used. You can also get an OpenAPI v3-compliant version thanks to the spec_version query parameter: /docs.json?spec_version=3

It also integrates a customized version of Swagger UI and ReDoc, some nice tools to display the API documentation in a user friendly way.

Using the OpenAPI Command

You can also dump an OpenAPI specification for your API by using the following command:

$ docker-compose exec php bin/console api:openapi:export
# OpenAPI v2, JSON format

$ docker-compose exec php bin/console api:openapi:export --yaml
# OpenAPI v2, YAML format

$ docker-compose exec php bin/console api:openapi:export --spec-version=3
# OpenAPI v3, JSON format

$ docker-compose exec php bin/console api:openapi:export --spec-version=3 --yaml
# OpenAPI v3, YAML format

$ docker-compose exec php bin/console api:openapi:export --output=swagger_docs.json
# Create a file containing the specification

Overriding the OpenAPI Specification

Symfony allows to decorate services, here we need to decorate api_platform.swagger.normalizer.documentation.

In the following example, we will see how to override the title of the Swagger documentation and add a custom filter for the GET operation of /foos path.

# api/config/services.yaml
        decorates: 'api_platform.swagger.normalizer.api_gateway'
        arguments: [ '@App\Swagger\SwaggerDecorator.inner' ]
        autoconfigure: false
// api/src/Swagger/SwaggerDecorator.php

namespace App\Swagger;

use Symfony\Component\Serializer\Normalizer\NormalizerInterface;

final class SwaggerDecorator implements NormalizerInterface
    private $decorated;

    public function __construct(NormalizerInterface $decorated)
        $this->decorated = $decorated;

    public function normalize($object, $format = null, array $context = [])
        $docs = $this->decorated->normalize($object, $format, $context);

        $customDefinition = [
            'name' => 'fields',
            'description' => 'Fields to remove of the output',
            'default' => 'id',
            'in' => 'query',

        // e.g. add a custom parameter
        $docs['paths']['/foos']['get']['parameters'][] = $customDefinition;

        // e.g. remove an existing parameter
        $docs['paths']['/foos']['get']['parameters'] = array_values(array_filter($docs['paths']['/foos']['get']['parameters'], function ($param) {
            return $param['name'] !== 'bar';

        // Override title
        $docs['info']['title'] = 'My Api Foo';

        return $docs;

    public function supportsNormalization($data, $format = null)
        return $this->decorated->supportsNormalization($data, $format);

Using the OpenAPI and Swagger Contexts

Sometimes you may want to change the information included in your OpenAPI documentation. The following configuration will give you total control over your OpenAPI definitions:

// api/src/Entity/Product.php

namespace App\Entity;

use ApiPlatform\Core\Annotation\ApiResource;
use ApiPlatform\Core\Annotation\ApiProperty;
use Doctrine\ORM\Mapping as ORM;
use Symfony\Component\Validator\Constraints as Assert;

 * @ApiResource
 * @ORM\Entity
class Product // The class name will be used to name exposed resources
     * @ORM\Column(type="integer")
     * @ORM\Id
     * @ORM\GeneratedValue(strategy="AUTO")
    private $id;

     * @param string $name A name property - this description will be available in the API documentation too.
     * @ORM\Column
     * @Assert\NotBlank
     * @ApiProperty(
     *     attributes={
     *         "openapi_context"={
     *             "type"="string",
     *             "enum"={"one", "two"},
     *             "example"="one"
     *         }
     *     }
     * )
    public $name;

     * @ORM\Column
     * @Assert\DateTime
     * @ApiProperty(
     *     attributes={
     *         "openapi_context"={"type"="string", "format"="date-time"}
     *     }
     * )
    public $timestamp;
    // ...

This will produce the following Swagger documentation:

  "swagger": "2.0",
  "basePath": "/",

  "definitions": {
    "Product": {
      "type": "object",
      "description": "This is a product.",
      "properties": {
        "id": {
          "type": "integer",
          "readOnly": true
        "name": {
          "type": "string",
          "description": "This is a name.",
          "enum": ["one", "two"],
          "example": "one"
        "timestamp": {
          "type": "string",
          "format": "date-time"

To pass a context to the OpenAPI v3 generator, use the openapi_context attribute (notice the prefix: openapi_ instead of swagger_).

Changing the Name of a Definition

API Platform generates a definition name based on the serializer groups defined in the (de)normalization_context. It's possible to override the name thanks to the swagger_definition_name option:

 * @ApiResource(
 *      collectionOperations={
 *          "post"={
 *              "denormalization_context"={
 *                  "groups"={"user:read"},
 *                  "swagger_definition_name": "Read",
 *              },
 *          },
 *      },
 * )
class User

It's also possible to re-use the (de)normalization_context:

 * @ApiResource(
 *      collectionOperations={
 *          "post"={
 *              "denormalization_context"=User::API_WRITE,
 *          },
 *      },
 * )
class User
    const API_WRITE = [
        'groups' => ['user:read'],
        'swagger_definition_name' => 'Read',

Changing Operations in the OpenAPI Documentation

You also have full control over both built-in and custom operations documentation.

        method: get
        path: '/rabbit/rand'
        controller: App\Controller\RandomRabbit
        # if you are using OpenApi V2 instead of V3 use 'swagger_context' instead of 'openapi_context'
          summary: Random rabbit picture
          description: >
            # Pop a great rabbit picture by color!

            ![A great rabbit](

               in: body
                   type: object
                       name: {type: string}
                       description: {type: string}
                   name: Rabbit
                   description: Pink rabbit

Impact on Swagger UI

Changing the Location of Swagger UI

Sometimes you may want to have the API at one location, and the Swagger UI at a different location. This can be done by disabling the Swagger UI from the API Platform configuration file and manually adding the Swagger UI controller.

Disabling Swagger UI or ReDoc

# api/config/packages/api_platform.yaml
    # ...
    enable_swagger_ui: false
    enable_re_doc: false

Manually Registering the Swagger UI Controller

# app/config/routes.yaml
    path: /docs
    controller: api_platform.swagger.action.ui

Change /docs to the URI you wish Swagger to be accessible on.

Overriding the UI Template

As described in the Symfony documentation, it's possible to override the Twig template that loads Swagger UI and renders the documentation:

{# templates/bundles/ApiPlatformBundle/SwaggerUi/index.html.twig #}
<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <title>{% if title %}{{ title }} {% endif %}My custom template</title>
    {# ... #}

You may want to copy the one shipped with API Platform and customize it.

Compatibility Layer with Amazon API Gateway

AWS API Gateway supports OpenAPI partially, but it requires some changes. Fortunately, API Platform provides a way to be compatible with Amazon API Gateway.

To enable API Gateway compatibility on your OpenAPI docs, add api_gateway=true as query parameter: