Response Templating

Response headers and bodies, as well as proxy URLs, can optionally be rendered using Handlebars templates. This enables attributes of the request to be used in generating the response e.g. to pass the value of a request ID header as a response header or render an identifier from part of the URL in the response body.

Enabling/disabling response templating #

Response templating is enabled by default in local mode when WireMock is started programmatically, meaning that it will only be applied to stubs that have the response-template transformer added to them (see below for details).

Templating can be applied globally (without having to explicitly add response-template) via a startup option:

WireMockServer wm =
    new WireMockServer(options().globalTemplating(true));

It can also be disabled completely via a startup option:

WireMockServer wm =
    new WireMockServer(options().templatingEnabled(false));

See the command line docs for the standalone equivalents of these parameters.

Response templating can also be disabled on a per-stub basis when using the bodyFileName element by adding the disableBodyFileTemplating parameter to the transformerParameters object in the stub response definition.

  "request": {
    "method": "GET",
    "urlPath": "/test"
  "response": {
    "status": 200,
    "bodyFileName": "response.json",
    "transformerParameters": {
      "disableBodyFileTemplating": true

Customising and extending the template engine #

Custom Handlebars helpers can be registered via an extension point. See Adding Template Helpers for details.

Similarly custom model data providers can be registered as extensions. See Adding Template Model Data for details.

Applying templating in local mode #

When templating is enabled in local mode you must add it to each stub to which you require templating to be applied. This is done by adding response-template to the set of transformers on the response.

Java #



    "request": {
        "urlPath": "/templated"
    "response": {
        "body": "{{request.path.[0]}}",
        "transformers": ["response-template"]

Template caching #

All templated fragments (headers, bodies and proxy URLs) are cached in their compiled form for performance, since compilation can be expensive for larger templates.

By default the capacity of this cache is not limited but a limit can be set via the startup options:

WireMockServer wm =
    new WireMockServer(options().withMaxTemplateCacheEntries(10000));

See the command line docs for the equivalent configuration setting when running standalone.

Proxying #

Templating also works when defining proxy URLs, e.g.

Java #



    "request": {
        "urlPath": "/templated"
    "response": {
        "proxyBaseUrl": "{{request.headers.X-WM-Proxy-Url}}",
        "transformers": ["response-template"]

Templated body file #

The body file for a response can be selected dynamically by templating the file path:

Java #



    "request": {
        "urlPathPattern": "/static/.*",
        "method": "GET"
    "response": {
        "status": 200,
        "bodyFileName": "files/{{request.pathSegments.[1]}}"

The request model #

The model of the request is supplied to the header and body templates. The following request attributes are available: - The unique ID of each request (introduced in WireMock version 3.7.0)

request.url - URL path and query

request.path - URL path. This can be referenced in full or it can be treated as an array of path segments (like below) e.g. request.path.3. When the path template URL match type has been used you can additionally reference path variables by name e.g. request.path.contactId.

request.pathSegments.[<n>]- URL path segment (zero indexed) e.g. request.pathSegments.2

request.query.<key>- First value of a query parameter e.g.

request.query.<key>.[<n>]- nth value of a query parameter (zero indexed) e.g.

request.method- request method e.g. POST hostname part of the URL e.g.

request.port- port number e.g. 8080

request.scheme- protocol part of the URL e.g. https

request.baseUrl- URL up to the start of the path e.g.

request.headers.<key>- First value of a request header e.g. request.headers.X-Request-Id

request.headers.[<key>]- Header with awkward characters e.g. request.headers.[$?blah]

request.headers.<key>.[<n>]- nth value of a header (zero indexed) e.g. request.headers.ManyThings.1

request.cookies.<key> - First value of a request cookie e.g. request.cookies.JSESSIONID

request.cookies.<key>.[<n>] - nth value of a request cookie e.g. request.cookies.JSESSIONID.2

request.body - Request body text (avoid for non-text bodies)

request.bodyAsBase64 - As of WireMock 3.8.0, the Base64 representation of the request body.

request.multipart - As of WireMock 3.8.0, if the request is a multipart request (boolean). - As of WireMock 3.8.0, the individual parts of a multipart request are exposed via the template model. Each part can be referenced by its name and exposes a number of properties in the template model. For example, a multipart request with a name of text has the following properties available:

  • - if the part is a binary type.
  •<key> - first value of a part header -
  • - part body as text.
  • - part body as base64.

Values that can be one or many #

A number of HTTP elements (query parameters, form fields, headers) can be single or multiple valued. The template request model and built-in helpers attempt to make this easy to work with by wrapping these in a “list or single” type that returns the first (and often only) value when no index is specified, but also support index access.

For instance, given a request URL like /multi-query?things=1&things=2&things=3 I can extract the query data in the following ways:

{{request.query.things}} // Will return 1
{{request.query.things.0}} // Will return 1
{{request.query.things.first}} // Will return 1
{{request.query.things.1}} // Will return 2
{{request.query.things.[-1]}} // Will return 2
{{request.query.things.last}} // Will return 3


When using the eq helper with one-or-many values, it is necessary to use the indexed form, even if only one value is present. The reason for this is that the non-indexed form returns the wrapper type and not a String, and will therefore fail any comparison with another String value.

Getting values with keys containing special characters #

Certain characters have special meaning in Handlebars and therefore can’t be used in key names when referencing values. If you need to access keys containing these characters you can use the lookup helper, which permits you to pass the key name as a string literal and thus avoid the restriction.

Probably the most common occurrence of this issue is with array-style query parameters, so for instance if your request URLs you’re matching are of the form /stuff?ids[]=111&ids[]=222&ids[]=333 then you can access these values like:

{{lookup request.query 'ids[].1'}} // Will return 222

Using transformer parameters #

Parameter values can be passed to the transformer as shown below (or dynamically added to the parameters map programmatically in custom transformers).

Java #

      .withTransformerParameter("MyCustomParameter", "Parameter Value")));


    "request": {
        "urlPath": "/templated"
    "response": {
        "body": "{{request.path.[0]}}",
        "transformers": ["response-template"],
        "transformerParameters": {
            "MyCustomParameter": "Parameter Value"

These parameters can be referenced in template body content using the parameters. prefix:

<h1>The MyCustomParameter value is {{parameters.MyCustomParameter}}</h1>

Handlebars helpers #

All of the standard helpers (template functions) provided by the Java Handlebars implementation by jknack plus all of the string helpers and the conditional helpers are available e.g.


Number and assignment helpers #

Variable assignment and number helpers are available:

{{#assign 'myCapitalisedQuery'}}{{capitalize}}{{/assign}}

{{isOdd 3}}
{{isOdd 3 'rightBox'}}

{{isEven 2}}
{{isEven 4 'leftBox'}}

{{stripes 3 'row-even' 'row-odd'}}

Val helper #

Released in WireMock version 3.6.0, the val helper can be used to access values or provide a default if the value is not present. It can also be used to assign a value to a variable much like the assign helper. The main difference between val and assign is that val will maintain the type of the date being assigned whereas assign will always assign a string.

{{val or='default'}} // the value of or 'default' if it's not present
{{val default='default'}} // the value of or 'default' if it's not present
{{val}} // the value of or null if it's not present
{{val or='default' assign='myVar'}} // assign the value of or 'default' to myVar
{{val assign='myVar'}} // assign the value of to myVar

{{val (array 1 2 3) default='123'}} // [1, 2, 3]
{{val 'value for myVar' assign='myVar'}}{{myVar}} // value for myVar
{{val null or='other value for myVar' assign='myVar'}}{{myVar}} // other value for myVar
{{val 10 assign='myVar'}}{{#lt myVar 20}}Less Than{{else}}More Than{{/lt}} // Less Than

XPath helpers #

Additionally some helpers are available for working with JSON and XML.

When the incoming request contains XML, the xPath helper can be used to extract values or sub documents via an XPath 1.0 expression. For instance, given the XML


The following will render “Stuff” into the output:

{{xPath request.body '/outer/inner/text()'}}

And given the same XML the following will render <inner>Stuff</inner>:

{{xPath request.body '/outer/inner'}}

As a convenience the soapXPath helper also exists for extracting values from SOAP bodies e.g. for the SOAP document:

<soap:Envelope xmlns:soap="">

The following will render “success” in the output:

{{soapXPath request.body '/a/test/text()'}}

Using the output of xPath in other helpers #

Since version 2.27.0 the XPath helper returns collections of node objects rather than a single string, meaning that the result can be used in further helpers.

The returned node objects have the following properties:

name - the local XML element name.

text - the text content of the element.

attributes - a map of the element’s attributes (name: value)

Referring to the node itself will cause it to be printed.

A common use case for returned node objects is to iterate over the collection with the each helper:

{{#each (xPath request.body '/things/item') as |node|}}
  name: {{}}, text: {{node.text}}, ID attribute: {{}}

JSONPath helper #

It is similarly possible to extract JSON values or sub documents via JSONPath using the jsonPath helper. Given the JSON

    "outer": {
        "inner": "Stuff"

The following will render “Stuff” into the output:

{{jsonPath request.body '$.outer.inner'}}

And for the same JSON the following will render { "inner": "Stuff" }:

{{jsonPath request.body '$.outer'}}

Default value can be specified if the path evaluates to null or undefined:

{{jsonPath request.body '$.size' default='M'}}

Parse JSON helper #

The parseJson helper will parse the input into a map-of-maps. It will assign the result to a variable if a name is specified, otherwise the result will be returned.

It can accept the JSON from a block:

{{#parseJson 'parsedObj'}}
  "name": "transformed"

{{!- Now we can access the object as usual --}}

Or as a parameter:

{{parseJson request.body 'bodyJson'}}

Without assigning to a variable:

{{lookup (parseJson request.body) 'name'}}

Date and time helpers #

A helper is present to render the current date/time, with the ability to specify the format (via Java’s SimpleDateFormat) and offset.

{{now offset='3 days'}}
{{now offset='-24 seconds'}}
{{now offset='1 years'}}
{{now offset='10 years' format='yyyy-MM-dd'}}

Dates can be rendered in a specific timezone (the default is UTC):

{{now timezone='Australia/Sydney' format='yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ssZ'}}

Pass epoch as the format to render the date as UNIX epoch time (in milliseconds), or unix as the format to render the UNIX timestamp in seconds.

{{now offset='2 years' format='epoch'}}
{{now offset='2 years' format='unix'}}

Dates can be parsed using the parseDate helper:

// Attempts parsing using ISO8601, RFC 1123, RFC 1036 and ASCTIME formats.
// We wrap in the date helper in order to print the result as a string.
{{date (parseDate request.headers.MyDate)}}

// Parse using a custom date format
{{date (parseDate request.headers.MyDate format='dd/MM/yyyy')}}

// Format can also be unix (epoch seconds) or epoch (epoch milliseconds)
{{date (parseDate request.headers.MyDate format='unix')}}

Dates can be truncated to e.g. first day of month using the truncateDate helper:

// If the MyDate header is Tue, 15 Jun 2021 15:16:17 GMT
// then the result of the following will be 2021-06-01T00:00:00Z
{{date (truncateDate (parseDate request.headers.MyDate) 'first day of month')}}

See the full list of truncations here.

Random value helper #

Random strings of various kinds can be generated:

{{randomValue length=33 type='ALPHANUMERIC'}}
{{randomValue length=12 type='ALPHANUMERIC' uppercase=true}}
{{randomValue length=55 type='ALPHABETIC'}}
{{randomValue length=27 type='ALPHABETIC' uppercase=true}}
{{randomValue length=10 type='NUMERIC'}}
{{randomValue length=5 type='ALPHANUMERIC_AND_SYMBOLS'}}
{{randomValue type='UUID'}}
{{randomValue length=32 type='HEXADECIMAL' uppercase=true}}

Pick random helper #

A value can be randomly selected from a literal list:

{{{pickRandom '1' '2' '3'}}}

Or from a list passed as a parameter:

{{{pickRandom (jsonPath request.body '$.names')}}}

Random number helpers #

These helpers produce random numbers of the desired type. By returning actual typed numbers rather than strings we can use them for further work e.g. by doing arithemetic with the math helper or randomising the bound in a range.

Random integers can be produced with lower and/or upper bounds, or neither:

{{randomInt lower=5 upper=9}}
{{randomInt upper=54323}}
{{randomInt lower=-24}}

Likewise decimals can be produced with or without bounds:

{{randomDecimal lower=-10.1 upper=-0.9}}
{{randomDecimal upper=12.5}}
{{randomDecimal lower=-24.01}}

Fake data helpers #

This helper produces random fake data of the desired types available in the Data Faker library. Due to the size of this library, this helper has been provided via RandomExtension.

{{random 'Name.first_name'}}
{{random 'Address.postcode_by_state.AL' }}

Math helper #

The math (or maths, depending where you are) helper performs common arithmetic operations. It can accept integers, decimals or strings as its operands and will always yield a number as its output rather than a string.

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and remainder (mod) are supported:

{{math 1 '+' 2}}
{{math 4 '-' 2}}
{{math 2 '*' 3}}
{{math 8 '/' 2}}
{{math 10 '%' 3}}

Range helper #

The range helper will produce an array of integers between the bounds specified:

{{range 3 8}}
{{range -2 2}}

This can be usefully combined with randomInt and each to output random length, repeating pieces of content e.g.

{{#each (range 0 (randomInt lower=1 upper=10)) as |index|}}
id: {{index}}

Array literal helper #

The array helper will produce an array from the list of parameters specified. The values can be any valid type. Providing no parameters will result in an empty array.

{{array 1 'two' true}}

Array add & remove helpers #

As of WireMock version 3.6.0, the arrayAdd and arrayRemove helpers can be used to add or remove elements from an array based on a position value or the start or end keywords. If no position is specified, the element will be added or removed from the end of the array.

{{arrayAdd (array 1 'three') 2 position=1}} // [1, 2, three]
{{arrayAdd (array 1 'three') 2 position='start'}} // [2, 1, three]
{{arrayAdd (array 1 'three') 2 position='end'}} // [1, three, 2]
{{arrayAdd (array 1 'three') 2}} // [1, three, 2]

{{arrayRemove (array 1 2 'three') position=1}} // [1, three]
{{arrayRemove (array 1 2 'three') position='start'}} // [2, three]
{{arrayRemove (array 1 2 'three') position='end'}} // [1, 2]
{{arrayRemove (array 1 2 'three')}} // [1, 2]

arrayJoin helper #

Released in WireMock version 3.6.0, the arrayJoin helper will concatenate the values passed to it with the separator specified:

{{arrayJoin ',' (array 'One' 'Two' 'Three')}} // One,Two,Three
{{arrayJoin ' - ' 'a' 'b' 'c'}} // a - b - c
{{arrayJoin ', ' (range 1 5)}} // 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
{{arrayJoin (pickRandom ':') (array 'One' 'Two' 'Three')}} // One:Two:Three
{{arrayJoin '' (array 'W' 'i' 'r' 'e' 'M' 'o' 'c' 'k' ' ' 'R' 'o' 'c' 'k' 's')}} // WireMock Rocks

You can also specify a prefix and suffix to be added to the start and end of the result:

{{arrayJoin ',' (array 'One' 'Two' 'Three') prefix='[' suffix=']'}} // [One,Two,Three]
{{arrayJoin ' * ' (array 1 2 3) prefix='(' suffix=')'}} // (1 * 2 * 3)

The arrayJoin helper can also be used as a block helper:

{{#parseJson 'myThings'}}
  { "id": 1, "name": "One" },
  { "id": 2, "name": "Two" },
  { "id": 3, "name": "Three" }
[{{#arrayJoin ',' myThings as |item|}}
"name{{}}": "{{}}"
{{/arrayJoin}}] // [{ "name1": "One" }, { "name2": "Two" }, { "name3": "Three" }]

// or the same example with the prefix and suffix parameters
{{#parseJson 'myThings'}}
    { "id": 1, "name": "One" },
    { "id": 2, "name": "Two" },
    { "id": 3, "name": "Three" }
{{#arrayJoin ',' myThings prefix='[' suffix=']' as |item|}}
    "name{{}}": "{{}}"
{{/arrayJoin}} // [{ "name1": "One" }, { "name2": "Two" }, { "name3": "Three" }]

Contains helper #

The contains helper returns a boolean value indicating whether the string or array passed as the first parameter contains the string passed in the second.

It can be used as parameter to the if helper:

{{#if (contains 'abcde' 'abc')}}YES{{/if}}
{{#if (contains (array 'a' 'b' 'c') 'a')}}YES{{/if}}

Or as a block element on its own:

{{#contains 'abcde' 'abc'}}YES{{/contains}}
{{#contains (array 'a' 'b' 'c') 'a'}}YES{{/contains}}

Matches helper #

The matches helper returns a boolean value indicating whether the string passed as the first parameter matches the regular expression passed in the second:

Like the contains helper it can be used as parameter to the if helper:

{{#if (matches '123' '[0-9]+')}}YES{{/if}}

Or as a block element on its own:

{{#matches '123' '[0-9]+'}}YES{{/matches}}

String trim helper #

Use the trim helper to remove whitespace from the start and end of the input:

{{trim request.headers.X-Padded-Header}}


    Some stuff with whitespace


Base64 helper #

The base64 helper can be used to base64 encode and decode values:

{{base64 request.headers.X-Plain-Header}}
{{base64 request.headers.X-Encoded-Header decode=true}}

Content to encode

{{#base64 padding=false}}
Content to encode without padding

{{#base64 decode=true}}

URL encoding helper #

The urlEncode helper can be used to URL encode and decode values:

{{urlEncode request.headers.X-Plain-Header}}
{{urlEncode request.headers.X-Encoded-Header decode=true}}

Content to encode

{{#urlEncode decode=true}}

Form helper #

The formData helper parses its input as an HTTP form, returning an object containing the individual fields as attributes. The helper takes the input string and variable name as its required parameters, with an optional urlDecode parameter indicating that values should be URL decoded. The folowing example will parse the request body as a form, then output a single field formField3:

{{formData request.body 'form' urlDecode=true}}{{form.formField3}}

If the form submitted has multiple values for a given field, these can be accessed by index:

{{formData request.body 'form' urlDecode=true}}{{form.multiValueField.1}}, {{form.multiValueField.2}}
{{formData request.body 'form' urlDecode=true}}{{form.multiValueField.first}}, {{form.multiValueField.last}}

Regular expression extract helper #

The regexExtract helper supports extraction of values matching a regular expresson from a string.

A single value can be extracted like this:

{{regexExtract request.body '[A-Z]+'}}"

Regex groups can be used to extract multiple parts into an object for later use (the last parameter is a variable name to which the object will be assigned):

{{regexExtract request.body '([a-z]+)-([A-Z]+)-([0-9]+)' 'parts'}}

Optionally, a default value can be specified for when there is no match. When the regex does not match and no default is specified, an error will be thrown instead.

{{regexExtract 'abc' '[0-9]+' default='my default value'}}

Size helper #

The size helper returns the size of a string, list or map:

{{size 'abcde'}}
{{size request.query.things}}

Hostname helper #

The local machine’s hostname can be printed:


System property helper #

Environment variables and system properties can be printed:

{{systemValue key='PATH'}} <!-- type defaults to ENVIRONMENT -->
{{systemValue type='ENVIRONMENT' key='PATH'}}
{{systemValue type='PROPERTY' key='os.path'}}

Since 3.5 a default value can be supplied:

{{systemValue key='PATH' default='DEFAULT'}} <!-- type defaults to ENVIRONMENT -->
{{systemValue type='ENVIRONMENT' key='PATH' default='DEFAULT'}}
{{systemValue type='PROPERTY' key='os.path' default='DEFAULT'}}

If you want to add permitted extensions to your rule, then you can use the ResponseTemplateTransformer when constructing the response template extension.

The ResponseTemplateTransformer accepts four arguments:

  1. The TemplateEngine
  2. If templating can be applied globally
  3. The FileSource which is a list of files that can be used for relative references in stub definitions
  4. A list of TemplateModelDataProviderExtension objects which are additional metadata providers which will be injected into the model and consumed in the downstream resolution if needed
public WireMockRule wm = new WireMockRule(options()
        .extensions(new ResponseTemplateTransformer(

The regular expressions are matched in a case-insensitive manner. If no permitted system key patterns are set, a single default of wiremock.* will be used.