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Preserves nodes that have specific property set to the specific value and removes others. Nodes that don't have the property defined are not impacted.

API design principles

Giant monolithic API docs can be overwhelming. By filtering what is most relevant to the audience, they can focus on what is most relevant and not be overwhelmed or distracted by all of the other API operations.


propertystringREQUIRED. The property name used for evaluation. It attempts to match the values.
value[string]REQUIRED. List of values used for the matching.
matchStrategystringPossible values: all, any. If all it needs to match all of the values supplied. If any it needs to match only one of the values supplied. Default value: any.


Using the Museum API (v1.0.0), use the stats command to get a summary of its contents:

redocly stats openapi.yaml

I'm interested in the paths and operations in particular:

  • Path Items: 5
  • Operations: 8

To restrict an OpenAPI description to only a few endpoints, this example uses operationId with a list of permitted values. To configure this, add the following to redocly.yaml:

    root: openapi.yaml
        property: operationId
        value: [createSpecialEvent, listSpecialEvents]

To apply the decorator, use the bundle command:

redocly bundle filter -o museum-events.yaml

Looking through the resulting file, only the named operations are listed in the paths section, and running the stats command again shows that the filtered API description contains:

  • Path Items: 1
  • Operations: 2

This approach allows you to publish sections of your API, without needing to share the entire thing with every consumer, or maintain multiple API descriptions for those different audiences.

You can also use filter-in on other elements, such as parameters, responses, or other OpenAPI items.The example redocly.yaml shown below includes everything from the OpenAPI description that has an x-audience property set to either "Public" or "Partner":

    property: x-audience
    value: [Public, Partner]

Use the filter decorators so that you can maintain one complete source of truth in OpenAPI format, then prepare restricted documents as appropriate for downstream tools such as API reference documentation.