Completes the request using the given function. The input to the function is produced with the in-scope entity unmarshaller and the result value of the function is marshalled with the in-scope marshaller. handleWith can be a convenient method combining entity with complete.


def handleWith[A, B](f: A  B)(implicit um: FromRequestUnmarshaller[A], m: ToResponseMarshaller[B]): Route 


The handleWith directive is used when you want to handle a route with a given function of type A ⇒ B. handleWith will use both an in-scope unmarshaller to convert a request into type A and an in-scope marshaller to convert type B into a response. This is helpful when your core business logic resides in some other class or you want your business logic to be independent of Spray. You can use handleWith to “hand off” processing to a given function without requiring any spray-specific functionality.

handleWith is similar to produce. The main difference is handleWith automatically calls complete when the function passed to handleWith returns. Using produce you must explicity call the completion function passed from the produce function.

See marshalling and unmarshalling for guidance on marshalling entities with Spray.


The following example uses an updatePerson function with a Person case class as an input and output. We plug this function into our route using handleWith.

case class Person(name: String, favoriteNumber: Int)
import PersonJsonSupport._

val updatePerson = (person: Person) => {

  //... some processing logic...

  //return the person

val route = post {

 Post("/", HttpEntity(`application/json`, """{ "name": "Jane", "favoriteNumber" : 42 }""" )) ~>
  route ~> check {
    mediaType === `application/json`
    responseAs[String] must contain(""""name": "Jane"""")
    responseAs[String] must contain(""""favoriteNumber": 42""")

The PersonJsonSupport object handles both marshalling and unmarshalling of the Person case class.

object PersonJsonSupport extends DefaultJsonProtocol with SprayJsonSupport {
   implicit val PortofolioFormats = jsonFormat2(Person)