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February 14, 2020

Groovy Goodness: Create YAML With YamlBuilder

Groovy 3 adds the YamlBuilder class to create YAML output using a Groovy syntax. The YamlBuilder is closely related to JsonBuilder that is described in a previous post. We define a hierarchy using a builder syntax where we can use primitive types, strings, collections and objects. Once we have build our structure we can use the toString() method to get a string representation in YAML format.

In the following example we use YamlBuilder to create YAML:

import groovy.yaml.YamlBuilder

// Sample class and object to transform in YAML.
class User { String firstName, lastName, alias, website }
def userObj = new User(firstName: 'Hubert', lastName: 'Klein Ikkink', alias: 'mrhaki', website: '') 

// Create YamlBuilder.
def config = new YamlBuilder()

config {
    application 'Sample App'
    version '1.0.1'
    autoStart true
    // We can nest YAML content.
    database {
        url 'jdbc:db//localhost'    
    // We can use varargs arguments that will
    // turn into a list.
    // We could also use a Collection argument.
    services 'ws1', 'ws2'

    // We can even apply a closure to each
    // collection element.
    environments(['dev', 'acc']) { env ->
        name env.toUpperCase()
        active true

    // Objects with their properties can be converted.

assert config.toString() == '''\
application: "Sample App"
version: "1.0.1"
autoStart: true
  url: "jdbc:db//localhost"
- "ws1"
- "ws2"
- name: "DEV"
  active: true
- name: "ACC"
  active: true
  firstName: "Hubert"
  alias: "mrhaki"
  lastName: "Klein Ikkink"
  website: ""

Written with Groovy 3.0.0.