Samza REST can expose any JAX-RS Resource. By default, it ships with a JobsResource which is discussed below. You can implement your own Resources and specify them in the config.

Implementing a New Resource

Samza REST uses the Jersey implementation of the JAX-RS specification. The Jersey documentation and examples are helpful for creating a new Resource.

In addition, Samza REST imposes the following conventions, which should be followed for all Resources.

Versioned Paths

By convention, all resources prefix their path with a version number to enable supporting legacy APIs in the future. For example, the base URL for the JobsResource is


If a future version of JobsResource implements a different API, it will use a different version number in the base path.


All resources should be exposed on the latest version so clients can use a common version base for all requests.

Error Messages

Every error response will include a JSON message body containing a single message field describing the problem. For example:

    "message": "Unrecognized status: null"


There are a few extra steps for Resources that require configuration values.

  1. Implement a configuration class that extends MapConfig with all the constants and accessors for the Resource’s configs. The SamzaRestConfig should not be cluttered with Resource configs. See the JobsResourceConfig for an example.
  2. Implement or extend a ResourceFactory which will use the global Samza REST config file to instantiate the MapConfig implementation from step 1 and use it to construct the Resource that requires the config. See the DefaultResourceFactory for an example.
  3. Add all the necessary resource properties to the Samza REST config file. The SamzaRestApplication passes the global config into the configured ResourceFactories to instantiate the Resources with configs.

Adding a New Resource to the Samza REST Service

Resources are added to the Samza REST Service via config. There are two ways to add a new Resource depending on whether the Resource requires properties from the config file or not. In the former case, the Resource is instantiated once with the config and the instance is registered with the SamzaRestApplication. In the latter case, the Resource class is registered and it can be instantiated many times over the lifecycle of the application.

  • To add a configured Resource add the fully-qualified class name of the ResourceFactory implementation that instantiates the Resource to the rest.resource.factory.classes property in the service config.

  • To add a config-less Resource, add the fully-qualified class name of the Resource implementation to the rest.resource.classes property in the service config.

For more information on these config properties, see the config table in the Overview page.

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