Serializing content

Guillotina provides ways to hook into the content serialization that is done when you retreive content from the API.

All serializers are:

  • adapters of the context and current request
  • async callable objects that return a dictionary of json compatible data

The training doc has a great introduction on customizing the serialization for content.

Serialization interfaces:

  • guillotina.interfaces.IResourceSerializeToJson: Provides full content
  • guillotina.interfaces.IResourceSerializeToJsonSummary: Summary of content
  • guillotina.interfaces.IFactorySerializeToJson: Information on conten type
  • guillotina.interfaces.ISchemaSerializeToJson: Serialize full schema
  • guillotina.interfaces.ISchemaFieldSerializeToJson: Feild of a schema
  • guillotina.interfaces.ICatalogDataAdapter: Searchable data(for adapters like elasticsearch)
  • guillotina.interfaces.ISecurityInfo: minimal data used for changes to security of object required by catalog adapters.
  • guillotina.db.interfaces.IJSONDBSerializer: Content serialized to db in addition to pickled data. Used with the JSONB field in postgresql. By default this is the same as ICatalogDataAdapter.

Type serialization

You can customize the any serialization by providing override adapters.

For example, to customize the default summary serialization of your custom type:

from guillotina import configure
from guillotina.interfaces import IResourceSerializeToJsonSummary
from guillotina.json.serialize_content import DefaultJSONSummarySerializer
from zope.interface import Interface

    for_=(IMyContext, Interface),
class ConversationJSONSummarySerializer(DefaultJSONSummarySerializer):
    async def __call__(self):
        data = await super().__call__()
            'creation_date': self.context.creation_date,
            'title': self.context.title,
            'users': self.context.users
        return data


By default, store_json is false in the application settings. To activate this feature, make sure to set store_json: true in your yaml configuration.

To customize the json serialized to the database for your application or type:

from guillotina.db.interfaces import IJSONDBSerializer
from guillotina import configure

class JSONDBSerializer(DefaultCatalogDataAdapter):
    async def __call__(self):
        return {
            'foo': 'bar'