Kotless DSL provides simple, but yet powerful DSL to create HTTP-based applications. It includes annotations to create HTTP routes, deploy static files, extensible serialization, HTTP request interceptors and rich links API.

We will take a look at these features one by one.


Dynamic HTTP API of Kotless includes everything related to dynamic processing of HTTP requests. Basically it is everything excluding static files located right at S3.


Kotless supports `Get` and `Post` function annotations. Each function annotated with them will create new HTTP route with appropriate method.

Functions may have parameters. Deserialization of parameters, in case of primitive types, will be done automatically. Also, you can extend deserialization to support non-primitive types as function parameters.

Serialization of the result also will be done automatically. Nevertheless, it is possible to return data as `HttpResponse` -- in this case no serialization will be performed.

Here is the simple snippet of dynamic `Get` route:

fun root(): String {
    return "Hello world!"


During processing of HTTP request `KotlessContext.HTTP` object is available for user.

Context includes current HTTP request at field `request`.

Note, that call to `request` may throw `KotlinNullPointerException` if this call is performed not in context of HTTP request processing (basically, not in an HTTP route)


Kotless will pass all HTTP requests through interceptors. Each interceptor is a Kotlin static `object` implementing interface `HttpRequestInterceptor`.

In case there is more than one interceptor, Kotless will pass request to first of them (ascending order of priority) and will pass as `next` continuation pipeline of next interceptors.

Here is the simple snippet of request interceptor, which is checking that header auth token is valid:

object AuthInterceptor: HttpRequestInterceptor {
    override val priority = 0

    override fun intercept(request: HttpRequest, key: RouteKey,
                           next: (HttpRequest, RouteKey) -> HttpResponse): HttpResponse {
        if (AuthTokens.isValid(request.headers["auth"])) {
            //Pass request to next interceptor or handler, if authentication is valid
            return next(request, key)
        //Redirect to login if authentication is not valid
        return redirect("/login")


Kotless uses `ConversionService` implementations to deserialize parameters of request and serialize them in links. `DefaultConversionService` supports serialization and deserialization of primitive Kotlin types.

In case you need to support custom types deserialization, you will need to create Kotlin static `object` implementing interface `ConversionService`.

Here is the simple snippet, which deserialize entities by ID from a database:

object EntityConversionService: ConversionService {
    override fun convertFrom(value: String, type: Type): Any {
        if (type !is Class<*>) throw ConversionException("Type is not supported")
        if ( {
            return Database.load(value.toLong())
        throw ConversionException("Type is not supported")

    override fun convertTo(value: Any): String {
        if (value is Entity) {
        throw ConversionException("Type is not supported")


Kotless provides extension functions to create links (href-s) to Kotless-based routes.

Basically, there are two types of such links - base links, without any parameters and prepared links with parameters already embedded in a link itself.

Here is the simple snippet creating base and prepared link (pretend that exists annotated function `root(str: String)` in object `API`)

val baseLink = API::root.href
val preparedLink = API::root.href("parameter")


Static HTTP API of Kotless is a convenient way of creating HTTP routes which are served via static files.

To create static route you need to use `@StaticGet` annotation.

Note, that this annotation has severe limitations on an annotated object.

Under annotation should be a property, which value is instantiated directly with `` constructor and path should be relative to `workingDir` of Kotless.

Here is the simple snippet of static route creation:

@StaticGet("/file.css", MimeType.CSS)
val exampleCss = File("example.css")

Links API also works for static routes, but only base link can be constructed:

val baseLink = ::exampleCss.href