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Catalyst::Action::REST - Automated REST Method Dispatching


    sub foo :Local :ActionClass('REST') {
      ... do setup for HTTP method specific handlers ...

    sub foo_GET {
      ... do something for GET requests ...

    # alternatively use an Action
    sub foo_PUT : Action {
      ... do something for PUT requests ...


This Action handles doing automatic method dispatching for REST requests. It takes a normal Catalyst action, and changes the dispatch to append an underscore and method name. First it will try dispatching to an action with the generated name, and failing that it will try to dispatch to a regular method.

For example, in the synopsis above, calling GET on "/foo" would result in the foo_GET method being dispatched.

If a method is requested that is not implemented, this action will return a status 405 (Method Not Found). It will populate the "Allow" header with the list of implemented request methods. You can override this behavior by implementing a custom 405 handler like so:

   sub foo_not_implemented {
      ... handle not implemented methods ...

If you do not provide an _OPTIONS subroutine, we will automatically respond with a 200 OK. The "Allow" header will be populated with the list of implemented request methods.

It is likely that you really want to look at Catalyst::Controller::REST, which brings this class together with automatic Serialization of requests and responses.

When you use this module, the request class will be changed to Catalyst::Request::REST.



This method overrides the default dispatch mechanism to the re-dispatching mechanism described above.


You likely want to look at Catalyst::Controller::REST, which implements a sensible set of defaults for a controller doing REST.

Catalyst::Action::Serialize, Catalyst::Action::Deserialize


Q: I'm getting a "415 Unsupported Media Type" error. What gives?!

A: Most likely, you haven't set Content-type equal to "application/json", or one of the accepted return formats. You can do this by setting it in your query accepted return formats. You can do this by setting it in your query string thusly: ?content-type=application%2Fjson (where %2F == / uri escaped).

NOTE Apache will refuse %2F unless configured otherise. Make sure AllowEncodedSlashes On is in your httpd.conf file in orde for this to run smoothly.


Arthur Axel "fREW" Schmidt <frioux@gmail.com>

Christopher Laco

Luke Saunders

John Goulah

Daisuke Maki <daisuke@endeworks.jp>

J. Shirley <jshirley@gmail.com>

Hans Dieter Pearcey

Tomas Doran (t0m) <bobtfish@bobtfish.net>


Adam Jacob <adam@stalecoffee.org>, with lots of help from mst and jrockway

Marchex, Inc. paid me while I developed this module. (http://www.marchex.com)


You may distribute this code under the same terms as Perl itself.