Description

`Any` contains an arbitrary serialized protocol buffer message along with a URL that describes the type of the serialized message.

Protobuf library provides support to pack/unpack Any values in the form of utility functions or additional generated methods of the Any type.

Example 1: Pack and unpack a message in C++.

Foo foo = ...;
Any any;
any.PackFrom(foo);
...
if (any.UnpackTo(&foo)) {
  ...
}

Example 2: Pack and unpack a message in Java.

   Foo foo = ...;
   Any any = Any.pack(foo);
   ...
   if (any.is(Foo.class)) {
     foo = any.unpack(Foo.class);
   }

Example 3: Pack and unpack a message in Python.

   foo = Foo(...)
   any = Any()
   any.Pack(foo)
   ...
   if any.Is(Foo.DESCRIPTOR):
     any.Unpack(foo)
     ...

The pack methods provided by protobuf library will by default use 'type.googleapis.com/full.type.name' as the type URL and the unpack methods only use the fully qualified type name after the last '/' in the type URL, for example "foo.bar.com/x/y.z" will yield type name "y.z".

JSON ==== The JSON representation of an `Any` value uses the regular representation of the deserialized, embedded message, with an additional field [email protected]` which contains the type URL. Example:

package google.profile;
message Person {
  string first_name = 1;
  string last_name = 2;
}

{
  "@type": "type.googleapis.com/google.profile.Person",
  "firstName": <string>,
  "lastName": <string>
}

If the embedded message type is well-known and has a custom JSON representation, that representation will be embedded adding a field `value` which holds the custom JSON in addition to the [email protected]` field. Example (for message [google.protobuf.Duration][]):

{
  "@type": "type.googleapis.com/google.protobuf.Duration",
  "value": "1.212s"
}