Service Catalog provides a REST API for service discovery described below:
The following diagram shows the data model of Service Catalog:
The attributes are described below:
Catalog object consists of:
- id: unique id of the catalog
- description: a friendly name or description of the service
- services: an array of Service objects
- page: the current page in catalog
- per_page: number of items in each page
- total: total number of registered services
Service object consists of:
- id: unique id of service
- name: RFC6339 service name (e.g. _bms._tcp)
- description: friendly name or description of a service
- meta: a hash-map for optional meta-information
- apis: a map of API names and URLs
- docs: an array of Doc objects describing service documentations
- ttl: time after which the service should be removed from the catalog, unless if it is updated within the timeframe.
- created: RFC3339 time of service creation
- updated: RFC3339 time in which the service was lastly updated
- expires: RFC3339 time in which the service expires and is removed from the catalog (only if TTL is set)
Doc object consists of:
- description: description of the external document
- apis: an array listing APIs documented in this documentation
- url: URL to the external document
- type: the MIME type of the document (e.g. plain/text for wikis, application/openapi+json;version=2.0 for OpenAPI specs v2.0)
Service catalog also supports MQTT for service registration and de-registration.
Service registration is similar to PUT method of REST API. Here, a service uses a pre-configured topic (via config file) for publishing the message.
The will message of the registered service is used to de-register it from the cataog whenever the service disconnects.
For more information on configuration of MQTT topics for service registration and de-registration and examples, see the Configuration page.
Announcement over MQTT:
Service Catalog announces the service registration status via MQTT using retain messages.
The message topics follow following patterns:
<topicPrefix >/< RFC6339 service name>/<service_id>/alive : (Retained message) The body contains service description of alive service
<topicPrefix >/< RFC6339 service name>/<service_id>/dead : (Not retained message) The body contains service description of the 'dead' service
The retained messages are removed whenever service de-registers.
topicPrefix can be configured via config file.
API version is based on semver. The version is included as a parameter to the MIME type of all HTTP responses: