Unsafe options transformation

Chimney supports opt-in unsafe transformation from Option[T] to T if enabled explicitly with .enableUnsafeOption.


Transforming None into a concrete value will lead to NoSuchElementException at runtime, so use it at your own risk.

Since version 0.5.0 there is available better, safe alternative: Lifted transformers.

Proto3 motivational example

Unsafe option mode is typically useful when mapping proto3-generated classes to domain classes. ScalaPB indeed generates fields wrapped in Option types for messages. In certain scenarios, it can be safe to assume that the value is always present, thus allowing for significant boilerplate reduction.

Here’s an example protobuf definition.

syntax = "proto3";
package pb;
message Item {
    int32 id = 1;
    string name = 2;
message OrderLine {
    Item item = 1;
    int32 quantity = 2;
message Address {
    string street = 1;
    int32 zip_code = 2;
    string city = 3;
message Customer {
    int32 id = 1;
    string first_name = 2;
    string last_name = 3;
    Address address = 4;
message Order {
    repeated OrderLine lines = 1;
    Customer customer = 2;

And the equivalent domain model definitions:

package domain

case class Item(id: Int, name: String)
case class OrderLine(item: Item, quantity: Int)
case class Address(street: String, zipCode: Int, city: String)
case class Customer(id: Int, firstName: String, lastName: String, address: Address)
case class Order(lines: List[OrderLine], customer: Customer)

Enabling unsafe option extraction

Transforming from one representation to the other can be achieved directly using .enableUnsafeOption.

val domainOrder = pbOrder.into[domain.Order]

and vice-versa:

val pbOrder = domainOrder.into[pb.Order]