Use default Glue parameters

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This document explains how to pass the parameters and how to use them in code.

The Glue JSON:API convention provides some parameter parsing out of the box. The following are among them:

  • Pagination
  • Sorting
  • Filters


Glue uses an offset-based pagination style: the client passes two values, offset and limit, where the limit is the number of records to display, and offset is the number of records to skip. Here is an example:

?page[offset]=0&page[limit]=10 # display 10 records starting at 0 (AKA page #1)
?page[offset]=10&page[limit]=10 # display 10 records starting at 10 (AKA page #2)

In JSON:API responses, the calculation of the next, previous, last, and first pages are provided. Clients can use them to build pagination:

"links": {
    "next": "[offset]=3&page[limit]=2",
    "prev": "[offset]=0&page[limit]=2",
    "last": "[offset]=10&page[limit]=2",
    "first": "[offset]=0&page[limit]=2"

When pagination parameters are passed from the client, GlueRequestTransfer is available as the Glue controller action parameter contains pagination. Access them like this:


Use these to pass them to the clients and facades (the latter must support the pagination).

In order for the response links to be formed correctly, GlueResponseTransfer transfer must contain the information about the requested (and applied, if changed by the code) pagination parameters and the total number of results in the set.



Sorting can be passed part as a request as simple GET parameters ?sort=resources.age, where value is the field by which sort resource and attribute; by default, it is ASCENDING order. To change it to DESCENDING, add a hyphen (-)—for example, ?sort=-resources.age.

To get an order, you can read it from $glueRequestTransfer->getSortings(), which returns an array of SortTransfer, each containing field to be sorted. Use it to sort data when querying from persistence.


To add a filter, the client must send ?filter[]=Test&filter[wishlists.quantity]=1. In SQL, this is equal to WHERE'Test' AND wishlists.quantity = 1.

To use those fields when processing use $glueRequestTransfer->getFilters(), this returns an array of GlueFilterTransfer. You can loop over it and find filters matching your resource.

Sparse fields

You can reduce the amount of data returned by using sparse fields. Clients can provide what fields to process for each resource. The clients must send a request with ?fields[people]=name,last-name, where people is a resource name, and its value is a comma-separated field list as defined in resource attributes.

When processing a request, you can get this by accessing $glueRequestTransfer->getQueryFields(). This returns an array of strings.

When building response attributes that are not within the fields, the list is removed, even if it is populated by resource processing.