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Manual Reference Pages  -  CATALYST::CONTROLLER::SOAP (3)

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Catalyst::Controller::SOAP - Catalyst SOAP Controller



    package MyApp::Controller::Example;
    use base Catalyst::Controller::SOAP;

    # When using a WSDL, you can just specify the Port name, and it
    # will infer the style and use. To do that, you just need to use
    # the WSDLPort attribute. This might be required if your service
    # has more than one port.  This operation will be made available
    # using the path part of the location attribute of the port
    # definition.
    __PACKAGE__->config->{wsdl} = file.wsdl;
    sub servicefoo : WSDLPort(ServicePort) {}

    # available in "/example" as operation "ping". The arguments are
    # treated as a literal document and passed to the method as a
    # XML::LibXML object
    # Using XML::Compile here will help you reading the message.
    sub ping : SOAP(RPCLiteral) {
        my ( $self, $c, $xml) = @_;
        my $name = $xml->findValue(some xpath expression);

    # avaiable as "/example/world" in document context. The entire body
    # is delivered to the method as a XML::LibXML object.
    # Using XML::Compile here will help you reading the message.
    sub world :Local SOAP(DocumentLiteral)  {
        my ($self, $c, $xml) = @_;

    # avaiable as "/example/get" in HTTP get context.
    # the get attributes will be available as any other
    # get operation in Catalyst.
    sub get :Local SOAP(HTTPGet)  {
        my ($self, $c) = @_;

    # this is the endpoint from where the RPC operations will be
    # dispatched. This code wont be executed at all.
    # See Catalyst::Controller::SOAP::RPC.
    sub index :Local SOAP(RPCEndpoint) {}


Implements SOAP serving support in Catalyst.


SOAP Controller for Catalyst which we tried to make compatible with the way Catalyst works with URLS.It is important to notice that this controller declares by default an index operation which will dispatch the RPC operations under this class.


This class implements the SOAP attribute wich is used to do the mapping of that operation to the apropriate action class. The name of the class used is formed as Catalyst::Action::SOAP::$value, unless the parameter of the attribute starts with a ’+’, which implies complete namespace.

The implementation of SOAP Action classes helps delivering specific SOAP scenarios, like HTTP GET, RPC Encoded, RPC Literal or Document Literal, or even Document RDF or just about any required combination.

See Catalyst::Action::SOAP::DocumentLiteral for an example.


Once you tagged one of the methods, you’ll have an $c->stash->{soap} accessor which will return an Catalyst::Controller::SOAP::Helper object. It’s important to notice that this is achieved by the fact that all the SOAP Action classes are subclasses of Catalyst::Action::SOAP, which implements most of that.

You can query this object as follows:
$c->stash->{soap}->envelope() The original SOAP envelope as string.
$c->stash->{soap}->parsed_envelope() The parsed envelope as an XML::LibXML object.
$c->stash->{soap}->arguments() The arguments of a RPC call.
$c->stash->{soap}->fault({code => $code,reason => $reason, detail => $detail]) Allows you to set fault code and message. Optionally, you may define the code itself as an arrayref where the first item will be this code and the second will be the subcode, which recursively may be another arrayref.
$c->stash->{soap}->encoded_return(\@data) This method will prepare the return value to be a soap encoded data.

  # TODO: At this moment, only Literals are working...

$c->stash->{soap}->literal_return($xml_node) This method will prepare the return value to be a literal XML document, in this case, you can pass just the node that will be the root in the return message or a nodelist.

Using XML::Compile will help to elaborate schema based returns.

$c->stash->{soap}->string_return($non_xml_text) In this case, the given text is encoded as CDATA inside the SOAP message.


If you define the wsdl configuration key, Catalyst::Controller::SOAP will automatically map your operations into the WSDL operations, in which case you will receive the parsed Perl structure as returned by XML::Compile according to the type defined in the WSDL message.

You can define additional wsdl files or even additional schema files. If $wsdl is an arrayref, the first element is the one passed to new, and the others will be the argument to subsequent addWsdl calls. If $wsdl is a hashref, the wsdl key will be handled like above and the schema key will be used to importDefinitions. If the content of the schema key is an arrayref, it will result in several calls to importDefinition.

When using WSDL, you can use the WSDLPort attribute, that not only sets the port name but also infer which is the style of the binding, the use of the input body and also declares the Path for the operation according to the ’location’ attribute in the WSDL file. For RPC operations, the endpoint action will be created dinamically also in the path defined by the WSDL file.

This is the most convenient way of defining a SOAP service, which, in the end, will require you to have it as simple as:

  package SOAPApp::Controller::WithWSDL;
  use base Catalyst::Controller::SOAP;
  __PACKAGE__->config->{wsdl} = t/hello4.wsdl;
  # in this case, the input has two parts, named who and greeting
  # and the output has a single greeting part.
  sub Greet : WSDLPort(Greet) {
    my ( $self, $c, $args ) = @_;
    my $who = $args->{who};
    my $grt = $args->{greeting};
    $c->stash->{soap}->compile_return({ greeting => $grt. .$who.! });

When using WSDL with more than one port, the use of this attribute is mandatory.

When the WSDL describes more than one service, the controller can only represent one of them, so you must define the ’wsdlservice’ config key that will be used to select the service.

Also, when using wsdl, you can define the response using:


In this case, the given structure will be transformed by XML::Compile, according to what’s described in the WSDL file.

If you define xml_compile as a configuration key (which is a hashref with keys ’reader’ and ’writer’, which both have a hashref as their value), those key / value pairs will be passed as options to the XML::Compile::Schema::compile() method.

  __PACKAGE__->config->{xml_compile} = {
      reader => {sloppy_integers => 1}, writer => {sloppy_integers => 1},

Support for Document/Literal-Wrapped

Please make sure you read the documentation at Catalyst::Action::SOAP::DocumentLiteralWrapped before using this feature.

The support for Document/Literal-Wrapped works by faking RPC style even when the WSDL says the service is in the Document mode. The parameter used for the actual dispatch is the soapAction attribute.

In practice, the endpoint of the action is an empty action that will redirect the request to the actual action based on the name of the soapAction. It uses the soap_action_prefix controller configuration variable to extract the name of the action.

There is an important restriction in that fact. The name of the operation in the WSDL must match the suffix of the soapAction attribute.

If you have a Document/Literal-Wrapped WSDL and rewriting it as RPC/Literal is not an option, take the following steps:
Set the soap_action_prefix It is assumed that all operations in the port have a common prefix, it is also assumed that when the prefix is removed, the remaining string can be used as a subroutine name (i.e.: it should not contain additional slashes).

  __PACKAGE__->config->{soap_action_prefix} =;

Make sure the soapAction attribute is consistent with the operation name Since the dispatching mechanism is dissociated from the encoding/decoding process, the only way for this to work is to have the soapAction to be consistent with the operation name.

  <!--- inside the WSDL binding section -->
  <wsdl:operation name="Greet">
      <soap:operation soapAction="" />

Note that the name of the operation is Greet and the soapAction attribute is the result of concatenating the soap_action_prefix and the name of the operation.

Implement the action using the WSDLPortWrapped action attribute Instead of using the standard WSDLPort attribute, use the alternative implementation that will provide the extra dispatching.

  sub Greet :WSDLPortWrapped(GreetPort) {

Note that the name of the sub is consistent with the name of the operation.

But always try to refactor your WSDL as RPC/Literal instead, which is much more predictable and, in fact, is going to provide you a much more sane WSDL file.

USING WSDL AND Catalyst::Test

If you’d like to use the built-in server from Catalyst::Test with your WSDL file (which likely defines an <address location=...> that differs from the standard test server) you’ll need to use the transport_hook option available with $wsdl->compileClient() in your test file.

    # t/soap_message.t
    use XML::Compile::WSDL11;
    use XML::Compile::Transport::SOAPHTTP;
    use Test::More no_plan;

    BEGIN {
        use_ok Catalyst::Test, MyServer;

    sub proxy_to_test_app
        my ($request, $trace) = @_;
        # request() is a function inserted by Catalyst::Test which
        # sends HTTP requests to the just-started test server.
        return request($request);

    my $xml       = /path/to/wsdl/file;
    my $message   = YourMessage;
    my $port_name = YourPort;
    my $wsdl      = XML::Compile::WSDL11->new($xml);
    my $client    = $wsdl->compileClient($message,
        port => $port_name, transport_hook => \&proxy_to_test_app,


No header features are implemented yet.

The SOAP Encoding support is also missing, when that is ready you’ll be able to do something like the code below:

    # available in "/example" as operation "echo"
    # parsing the arguments as soap-encoded.
    sub echo : SOAP(RPCEncoded) {
        my ( $self, $c, @args ) = @_;


Catalyst::Action::SOAP, XML::LibXML, XML::Compile Catalyst::Action::SOAP::DocumentLiteral, Catalyst::Action::SOAP::RPCLiteral, Catalyst::Action::SOAP::HTTPGet, XML::Compile::WSDL11, XML::Compile::Schema


Daniel Ruoso

Drew Taylor

Georg Oechsler


Please submit all bugs regarding Catalyst::Controller::SOAP to


This library is free software, you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.
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