Multicolour documentation routing


Multicolour generates a lot of routes for you but your business logic is exactly that, it’s yours and yours only. Multicolour doesn’t try to handle that for you but saves you the time getting there.

By default Multicolour generates your CRUD interface and configures your auth, validations and Swagger documentation.

Multicolour generates the following for you.

  • POST /{identity} Create a new {identity}
  • PUT /{identity} Update or create a {identity}
  • GET /{identity}?page={page} Get a paginated list of {identity}
  • GET /{identity}/{id} Get a single {identity} by {id}
  • GET /{identity}?{query}&page={page} Get a paginated list of {identity} where {query}
  • PATCH /{identity} Update a {identity}
  • DELETE /{identity} Permanently remove a {identity}

Creating your own routes is simple, currently custom routes are not transportable between server technologies but may be in the future.

The handlers

Multicolour core supplies handlers for pretty much all your verbs out of the box, you can access and use them anytime by getting them from core like below.

const handlers = my_service.get("handlers")

// handlers -> Multicolour_Route_Templates

Multicolour_Route_Templates class

This class contains all the handlers/route templates, they do the work on the database with the request data for you. The methods all share the same signature of

[VERB](model, request, reply)

Where [VERB] is one of the following

POST - Create stuff.
GET - Read stuff.
PATCH - Update stuff.
PUT - Update or create stuff.
DELETE - Delete stuff.
UPLOAD - Upload stuff.

and where model is retrieved from my_service.get("database").get("models")

The generated routes are nearly there, I want to change something.

You have one last chance to alter the generated routes before they’re registered with Hapi, that’s done by using the route config middleware available as a callback on every model. This is only available on Multicolour APIs running [email protected]+.

The callback takes a single argument object with 2 keys, the verb that’s being configured currently and the current config of the route (routeConfig) before it’s registered.


  attributes: {...},
  routeConfigMiddleware: ({routeConfig}) => {
    switch (routeConfig.method) {
    case "GET": {
      // This line create a headers object ommiting the authorization key.
      const { authorization, ...headers } = routeConfig.config.validate.headers // eslint-disable-line
      return {
        config: {
          auth: false,
          validate: {
      return routeConfig

Creating custom routes

You have had a request from the client asking for something Multicolour hasn’t already given you and you can’t achieve with constraints or the route config middleware, it’s time to write a custom route and handler. This is also a great way to ship and share plugins containing re-usable functionality and logic.

Add a custom_route property to your blueprint:

  attributes: {...},
  custom_routes: function custom_routes(server, multicolour) {
    // Route based on your server technology here.

Multicolour does not interfere, know about or modify anything you do inside of this function. This is your domain and you are free to do what you will.

An example route using the hapi server technology might look like this.

  attributes: {...},
  custom_routes: function custom_routes(server, multicolour) {
    // this === this blueprint
      method: "GET",
      path: "/project/count",
      handler: (request, reply) => {
          .exec((err, count) => reply[multicolour.request("decorator")](err || count))

Gotchas while writing custom routes

As mentioned above, Multicolour makes no effort to watch, change or interfere with your custom routes as we consider custom_routes to contain business critical logic.


In order to “decorate” your reply, you should request the decorator property stored on Multicolour, multicolour.request("decorator").


If you wish to authenticate your custom routes in the same way that Multicolour authenticates your CRUD routes, you must do this manually.


Payload and response validations are not created for you and you should implement this yourself.

Path clashes

If you need to write a custom handler for one of the CRUD operations, currently you need to flag to Multicolour that you don’t want to generate routes at all for this blueprint with the NO_AUTO_GEN_ROUTES property and write handlers for all the verbs you wish to support.


You will not see associations automatically populated, Multicolour has however already fixed and made the associations to other blueprints for you so .populateAll() will work for your queries and any decorator plugin should automatically call this for you.