Creating or Extending Validator Classes

jsonschema.validators.create(meta_schema, validators=(), version=None, type_checker=TypeChecker(_type_checkers=pmap({'boolean': <function is_bool>, 'number': <function is_number>, 'null': <function is_null>, 'array': <function is_array>, 'string': <function is_string>, 'integer': <function <lambda>>, 'object': <function is_object>})), id_of=<function _id_of>)[source]

Create a new validator class.

  • meta_schema ( – the meta schema for the new validator class

  • validators ( –

    a mapping from names to callables, where each callable will validate the schema property with the given name.

    Each callable should take 4 arguments:

    1. a validator instance,

    2. the value of the property being validated within the instance

    3. the instance

    4. the schema

  • version (str) – an identifier for the version that this validator class will validate. If provided, the returned validator class will have its __name__ set to include the version, and also will have jsonschema.validators.validates automatically called for the given version.

  • type_checker (jsonschema.TypeChecker) –

    a type checker, used when applying the type validator.

    If unprovided, a jsonschema.TypeChecker will be created with a set of default types typical of JSON Schema drafts.

  • id_of ( – A function that given a schema, returns its ID.


a new jsonschema.IValidator class

jsonschema.validators.extend(validator, validators=(), version=None, type_checker=None)[source]

Create a new validator class by extending an existing one.

  • validator (jsonschema.IValidator) – an existing validator class

  • validators ( –

    a mapping of new validator callables to extend with, whose structure is as in create.


    Any validator callables with the same name as an existing one will (silently) replace the old validator callable entirely, effectively overriding any validation done in the “parent” validator class.

    If you wish to instead extend the behavior of a parent’s validator callable, delegate and call it directly in the new validator function by retrieving it using OldValidator.VALIDATORS["validator_name"].

  • version (str) – a version for the new validator class

  • type_checker (jsonschema.TypeChecker) –

    a type checker, used when applying the type validator.

    If unprovided, the type checker of the extended jsonschema.IValidator will be carried along.


a new jsonschema.IValidator class extending the one provided


Meta Schemas

The new validator class will have its parent’s meta schema.

If you wish to change or extend the meta schema in the new validator class, modify META_SCHEMA directly on the returned class. Note that no implicit copying is done, so a copy should likely be made before modifying it, in order to not affect the old validator.

jsonschema.validators.validator_for(schema, default=<class 'jsonschema.validators.create.<locals>.Validator'>)[source]

Retrieve the validator class appropriate for validating the given schema.

Uses the $schema property that should be present in the given schema to look up the appropriate validator class.

  • schema ( or bool) – the schema to look at

  • default

    the default to return if the appropriate validator class cannot be determined.

    If unprovided, the default is to return the latest supported draft.


Register the decorated validator for a version of the specification.

Registered validators and their meta schemas will be considered when parsing $schema properties’ URIs.


version (str) – An identifier to use as the version’s name


a class decorator to decorate the validator with the version

Return type

Creating Validation Errors

Any validating function that validates against a subschema should call descend, rather than iter_errors. If it recurses into the instance, or schema, it should pass one or both of the path or schema_path arguments to descend in order to properly maintain where in the instance or schema respectively the error occurred.