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Joi — awesome code validation for Node.js and Express

Originally published by Chris Noring at dev.to

There are different situations when we need to perform these checks like validating a response from a backend endpoint or maybe verifying what goes into our REST API won’t break our code. We will focus on the latter, how to validate our API.

Consider the below code that we might need to write when we don't have a validation library:

if (!data.parameterX) { 
  throw new Exception('parameterX missing') 
try { 
  let value = parseInt(data.parameterX); 
} catch (err) { 
  throw new Exception('parameterX should be number'); 
if(!/[a-z]/.test(data.parameterY)) { 
  throw new Exception('parameterY should be lower caps text') 

I think you get the idea from the above cringe-worthy code. We tend to perform a lot of tests on our parameters to ensure they are the right and/or their values contains the allowed values.

As developers we tend to feel really bad about code like this, so we either start writing a lib for this or we turn to our old friend NPM and hope that some other developer have felt this pain and had too much time on their hands and made a lib that you could use.

There are many libs that will do this for you. I aim to describe a specific one called Joi.


Throughout this article we will take the following journey together:

  • Have a look at Joi’s features
  • See how we can use Joi in the backend in a Request pipeline
  • Improve even further by building a middleware for Express in Node.js

Introducing Joi

Installing Joi is quite easy. We just need to type:

npm install joi

After that, we are ready to use it. Let’s have a quick look at how we use it. The first thing we do is import it and then we set up some rules, like so:

const Joi = require('joi'); 
const schema = Joi.object().keys({ 
  name: Joi.string().alphanum().min(3).max(30).required(),
  birthyear: Joi.number().integer().min(1970).max(2013), 
const dataToValidate = { 
  name 'chris', 
  birthyear: 1971 
const result = Joi.validate(dataToValidate, schema); 
// result.error == null means valid

What we are looking at above is us doing the following:

  • constructing a schema, our call to Joi.object(),
  • validating our data, our call to Joi.validate() with dataToValidateand schema as input parameters

Ok, now we understand the basic motions. What else can we do?

Well, Joi supports all sorts of primitives as well as Regex and can be nested to any depth. Let’s list some different constructs it supports:

  • string, this says it needs to be of type string, and we use it like so Joi.string()
  • number, Joi.number() and also supporting helper operations such as min() and max(), like so Joi.number().min(1).max(10)
  • required, we can say whether a property is required with the help of the method required, like so Joi.string().required()
  • any, this means it could be any type, usually, we tend to use it with the helper allow() that specifies what it can contain, like so, Joi.any().allow('a')
  • optional, this is strictly speaking not a type but has an interesting effect. If you specify for example prop : Joi.string().optional. If we don't provide prop then everybody's happy. However, if we do provide it and make it an integer the validation will fail
  • array, we can check whether the property is an array of say strings, then it would look like this Joi.array().items(Joi.string().valid('a', 'b')
  • regex, it supports pattern matching with RegEx as well like so Joi.string().regex(/^[a-zA-Z0-9]{3,30}$/)

The whole API for Joi is enormous. I suggest to have a look and see if there is a helper function that can solve whatever case you have that I’m not showing above



 Nested types

Ok, so we have only shown how to declare a schema so far that is one level deep. We did so by calling the following:

Joi.object().keys({ });

This stated that our data is an object. Then we added some properties to our object like so:

  name: Joi.string().alphanum().min(3).max(30).required(),
  birthyear: Joi.number().integer().min(1970).max(2013) 

Now, nested structures are really more of the same. Let’s create an entirely new schema, a schema for a blog post, looking like this:

const blogPostSchema = Joi.object().keys({ 
  title: Joi.string().alphanum().min(3).max(30).required(),
  description: Joi.string(), 
  comments: Joi.array().items(Joi.object.keys({ 
    description: Joi.string(), 
    author: Joi.string().required(), 
    grade: Joi.number().min(1).max(5) 

Note especially the comments property, that thing looks exactly like the outer call we first make and it is the same. Nesting is as easy as that.

Node.js Express and Joi

Libraries like these are great but wouldn’t it be even better if we could use them in a more seamless way, like in a Request pipeline? Let’s have a look firstly how we would use Joi in an Express app in Node.js:

const Joi = require('joi'); 
app.post('/blog', async (req, res, next) => { 
  const { body } = req; const 
  blogSchema = Joi.object().keys({ 
    title: Joi.string().required 
    description: Joi.string().required(), 
    authorId: Joi.number().required() 
  const result = Joi.validate(body, blogShema); 
  const { value, error } = result; 
  const valid = error == null; 
  if (!valid) { 
      message: 'Invalid request', 
      data: body 
  } else { 
    const createdPost = await api.createPost(data); 
    res.json({ message: 'Resource created', data: createdPost }) 

The above works. But we have to, for each route:

  1. create a schema
  2. call validate()

It’s, for lack of a better word, lacking in elegance. We want something slick looking.

Building a middleware

Let’s see if we can’t rebuild it a bit to a middleware. Middlewares in Express is simply something we can stick into the request pipeline whenever we need it. In our case, we would want to try and verify our request and early on determine whether it is worth proceeding with it or abort it.

So let’s look at a middleware. It’s just a function right:

const handler = (req, res, next) = { // handle our request } 
const middleware = (req, res, next) => { // to be defined } 
app.post( '/blog', middleware, handler )

It would be neat if we could provide a schema to our middleware so all we had to do in the middleware function was something like this:

(req, res, next) => { 
  const result = Joi.validate(schema, data) 

We could create a module with a factory function and module for all our schemas. Let’s have a look at our factory function module first:

const Joi = require('joi'); 
const middleware = (schema, property) => { 
  return (req, res, next) => { 
  const { error } = Joi.validate(req.body, schema); 
  const valid = error == null; 

if (valid) {
} else {
const { details } = error;
const message = details.map(i => i.message).join(‘,’);

console.log("error", message); 

res.status(422).json({ error: message }) }
module.exports = middleware;

Let’s thereafter create a module for all our schemas, like so:

// schemas.js
const Joi = require(‘joi’)
const schemas = {
blogPOST: Joi.object().keys({
title: Joi.string().required
description: Joi.string().required()
// define all the other schemas below
module.exports = schemas;

Ok then, let’s head back to our application file:

// app.js
const express = require(‘express’)
const cors = require(‘cors’);
const app = express()
const port = 3000
const schemas = require(‘./schemas’);
const middleware = require(‘./middleware’);
var bodyParser = require(“body-parser”);

app.get(‘/’, (req, res) => res.send(‘Hello World!’))
app.post(‘/blog’, middleware(schemas.blogPOST) , (req, res) => {
app.listen(port, () => console.log(Example app listening on port ${port}!))

Testing it out

There are many ways to test this out. We could do a fetch() call from a browser console or use cURL and so on. We opt for using a chrome plugin called Advanced REST Client.

Let’s try to make a POST request to /blog. Remember our schema for this route said that title and description were mandatory so let’s try to crash it, let’s omit title and see what happens:

Aha, we get a 422 status code and the message title is required, so Joi does what it is supposed to. Just for safety sake lets re-add title:

Ok, happy days, it works again.

Support Router and Query parameters

Ok, great we can deal with BODY in POST request what about router parameters and query parameters and what would we like to validate with them:

  • query parameters, here it makes sense to check that for example parameters like page and pageSize exist and is of type number. Imagine us doing a crazy request and our database contains a few million products, AOUCH :)
  • router parameters, here it would make sense to first off check that we are getting a number if we should get a number that is ( we could be sending GUIDs for example ) and maybe check that we are not sending something that is obviously wrong like a 0 or something

 Adding query parameters support

Ok, we know of query parameters in Express, that they reside under the request.query. So the simplest thing we could do here is to ensure our middleware.js takes another parameter, like so:

const middleware = (schema, property) => { }

and our full code for middleware.js would, therefore, look like this:

const Joi = require(‘joi’);
const middleware = (schema, property) => {
return (req, res, next) => {
const { error } = Joi.validate(req[property], schema);
const valid = error == null;
if (valid) { next(); }
else {
const { details } = error;
const message = details.map(i => i.message).join(‘,’)
console.log(“error”, message);
res.status(422).json({ error: message })
module.exports = middleware;

This would mean we would have to have a look at app.js and change how we invoke our middleware() function. First off our POST request would now have to look like this:

middleware(schemas.blogPOST, ‘body’) ,
(req, res) => {

As you can see we add another argument body to our middleware() call.

Let’s now add the request who’s query parameters we are interested in:

middleware(schemas.blogLIST, ‘query’),
(req, res) => { console.log(‘/products’);
const { page, pageSize } = req.query;

As you can see all we have to do above is add the argument query. Lastly, let’s have a look at our schemas.js:

// schemas.js
const Joi = require(‘joi’);
const schemas = {
blogPOST: Joi.object().keys({
title: Joi.string().required(),
description: Joi.string().required(),
year: Joi.number() }),
blogLIST: {
page: Joi.number().required(),
pageSize: Joi.number().required()
module.exports = schemas;

As you can see above we have added the blogLIST entry.

Testing it out

Let’s head back to Advanced REST client and see what happens if we try to navigate to /products without adding the query parameters:

As you can see Joi kicks in and tells us that page is missing.

Let’s ensure page and pageSize is added to our URL and try it again:

Ok, everybody is happy again. :)

Adding router parameters support

Just like with query parameters we just need to point out where we find our parameters, in Express those reside under req.params. Thanks to the works we already did with middleware.js we just need to update our app.js with our new route entry like so:

// app.js
middleware(schemas.blogDETAIL, ‘params’),
(req, res) => {
const { id } = req.params;

At this point we need to go into schemas.js and add the blogDetail entry so schemas.js should now look like the following:

// schemas.js

const Joi = require(‘joi’);

const schemas = {
blogPOST: Joi.object().keys({
title: Joi.string().required(),
description: Joi.string().required(),
year: Joi.number() }),
blogLIST: {
page: Joi.number().required(),
pageSize: Joi.number().required()
blogDETAIL: {
id: Joi.number().min(1).required()
module.exports = schemas;

Try it out

The last step is trying it out so let’s first test to navigate to /products/abc. That should throw an error, we are only OK with numbers over 0:

Ok, now for a URL stating /products/0, our other requirement:

Also, that fails, as expected.


We have introduced the validation library Joi and presented some basic features and how to use it. Lastly, we have looked at how to create a middleware for Express and use Joi in a smart way.

Originally published by Chris Noring at dev.to


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