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Working with endpoints

Endpoints are the connection points to the server from the client. With Serverpod, you add methods to your endpoint, and your client code will be generated to make the method call. For the code to be generated, you need to place your endpoint in the endpoints directory of your server. Your endpoint should extend the Endpoint class. For methods to be generated, they need to return a typed Future, and its first argument should be a Session object. The Session object holds information about the call being made and provides access to the database.

import 'package:serverpod/serverpod.dart';

class ExampleEndpoint extends Endpoint {
Future<String> hello(Session session, String name) async {
return 'Hello $name';
}
}

The above code will create an endpoint called example (the Endpoint suffix will be removed) with the single hello method. To generate the client-side code run serverpod generate in the home directory of the server.

On the client side, you can now call the method by calling:

var result = await client.example.hello('World');
info

You can pass the --watch flag to serverpod generate to continuously watch for changed files and generate code when needed. This is useful during development of your server.

Passing parameters

There are some limitations to how endpoint methods can be implemented. Parameters and return types can be of type bool, int, double, String, DateTime, ByteData, or generated serializable objects (see next section). A typed Future should always be returned. Null safety is supported. When passing a DateTime it is always converted to UTC.

You can also pass List and Map as parameters, but they need to be stricly typed with one of the types mentioned above. For Map, the keys must be non-nullable strings. E.g. Map<String, int?> is valid, but Map<int, String> is not.

Return types

The return type must be a typed Future, supported return types is the same as for parameters.