What to do for overriding the PureConfig behavior in Scala ?

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PureConfig has its own predefined behavior for reading and writing to the configuration files, but sometimes we got the tricky requirement in which we need some specific behavior; for example to read the config.

It is possible to override the behavior of PureConfig for a certain type by implementing another instance of ConfigReader, ConfigWriter or ConfigConvert. So in this blog we will discuss all 3 override types.

1. ConfigReader:
The default behavior of PureConfig for String is to return the string itself in the configuration.
For example, when below configuration will be read by PureConfig, it will be read as it is :

Reading configuration:

Output :

This is the default behavior of ConfigReader in which the output is same as it is defined in configuration file.

Now let’s try to override the above behavior. Now we want that Strings are always read upper case. For this, we need to define custom ConfigReader instance for String:

After adding above line, lets take a look on output :

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2. ConfigWriter:

Add below line to override the String write behavior:

Write config:


You can see above that “!!!” has been appended to the each string value.

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3. ConfigConvert:

If you want to define both operations, the easier way to add full support for a class is by creating a ConfigConvert:

A ConfigConvert is both an instance of ConfigReader and an instance of ConfigWriter, so it can be used everywhere one of them is required.

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That’s it. Hope you enjoy the reading.

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