Migrate v1.x Filter To v2.0

Easegress v2.0 introduces exciting new features like protocol-independent pipeline, multiple requests/responses support, etc. But this also makes it incompatible with v1.x. We need to do some code modifications to bring filters designed for v1.x to v2.0.

This document is a guide on how to do the migration, we will use the Mock filter as an example.

1. Define a kind for the filter

var kind = &filters.Kind{
	Name:        Kind,
	Description: "Mock mocks the response.",
	Results:     []string{resultMocked},
	DefaultSpec: func() filters.Spec {
		return &Spec{}
	CreateInstance: func(spec filters.Spec) filters.Filter {
		return &Mock{spec: spec.(*Spec)}

Note the value of the Description field is from the existing Description function:

func (m *Mock) Description() string {
	return "Mock mocks the response."

Results is from the existing Results function:

var results = []string{resultMocked}

func (m *Mock) Results() []string {
	return results

The body DefaultSpec is just the same as the existing DefaultSpec function.

For CreateInstance, in most cases, we only need to return a new instance of the filter, but please remember to set the spec field before returning it.

2. Remove legacy functions

The legacy functions, Description, Results and DefaultSpec function are now useless, remove them.

3. Update Filter and its Spec definition

First, add BaseSpec to the Spec definition:

Spec struct {
	filters.BaseSpec `yaml:",inline"`    // add this line
	Rules []*Rule `yaml:"rules"`

Then, remove the filterSpec field from the filter definition:

type Mock struct {
	filterSpec *httppipeline.FilterSpec  // remove this line
	spec       *Spec

4. Add new function Name

// Name returns the name of the Mock filter instance.
func (m *Mock) Name() string {
	return m.spec.Name()

5. Update the Kind function

In v1.x, The function returns the kind name, while in v2.x, it should return the kind object we defined in step 1.

// Kind returns the kind of Mock.
func (m *Mock) Kind() *filters.Kind {
	return kind

6. Update the Init and Inherit function

Change the prototype of these two functions to:

func (m *Mock) Init()


func (m *Mock) Inherit(previousGeneration filters.Filter)

The spec of the filter has already been assigned in step 1, so related code can be removed from the two functions. And if you need to access the spec from the functions, please use m.spec directly.

Note, in Easegress v2, the previousGeneration should NOT be closed in Inherit any more, that’s previousGeneration.Close() should be removed from Inherit.

7. Update the Handle function

First change the prototype to below, note the type of the ctx parameter has changed from context.HTTPContext to *context.Context:

func (m *Mock) Handle(ctx *context.Context) string

Then, because Easegress is not using the chain of responsibility pattern to call filters any more, we need to change the return statements from:

return ctx.CallNextHandler(result)


return result

8. Remove httppipeline From Imported Packages

import (
	// ...
	"github.com/megaease/easegress/v2/pkg/object/httppipeline"  // remove this line
	// ...

9. Update Other Code

ctx.Request() need to be updated to ctx.GetInputRequest(), ctx.GetOutputRequest(), ctx.SetInputRequest() or ctx.SetOutputRequest(), same for ctx.Response(). And please make a type assertion if you need a protocol specific request/response, like `ctx.GetInputRequest().(*httpprot.Request) if an HTTP request is desired.

The above is all the general steps to migrate a filter from v1.x to v2.x, and you may need more works that are specific to your implementation to complete the migration. We think most of the works would be trivial, but please feel free to contact us if you need help.