Create a Custom Policy

Choreo Connect Custom Policies allow reusing existing policy definitions to create your own policies with predefined values. They can be created either as common policies or as API specific policies.

Button to add a common policy

Add common policy

Button to add a API specific policy

Add common policy

Choreo Connect supports the following policies, and the policy templates for them are shipped with WSO2 API Manager by default. When creating a custom policy, you can use the action name and the parameters given below. A parameter can either be an existing template or a specific value.


Choreo Connect policy definitions are in the .gotmpl file extension. Its content type is YAML and is templated with go templates.

Action Name Parameters Applicable Flows Description
  • headerName
  • headerValue
Request Response Set a header in the request flow or response flow.
  • headerName
Request Response Remove a header in the request flow or response flow.
  • queryParamName
  • queryParamValue
    Request Add a query param in the request flow.
    • updatedMethod
    Request Change the HTTP method of a resource in the request flow.
    • resourcePath
    • includeQueryParams
    Request Rewrite the resource path in the request flow.
    • interceptorServiceURL
    • includes (this require a comma separated string, which describes what should be included in the request body of the interceptor service)
    Request Response Call an interceptor service in request or response flow. For more information, visit Message Mediation.
    • requestGenerator
    • serverURL
    • accessKey
    • policy
    • rule
    • sendAccessToken
    • additionalProperties
    • maxOpenConnections
    • maxPerRoute
    • connectionTimeout
    Request Validate the request against the Open Policy Agent server.

    Sample 1 - Custom Call Interceptor Policy

    Let's create a new policy using the action CALL_INTERCEPTOR_SERVICE. The following is the content of the default call interceptor policy definition that comes by default with the distribution. You can download the default call interceptor service policy from the Publisher Portal.

       interceptorServiceURL: {{ .interceptorServiceURL }}
       includes: {{ .includes }}

    Say you have an interceptor service that converts XML payload to JSON with the server URL https://xml-to-json-interceptor:8443, let's create a policy named XML to JSON Call Interceptor. Learn more about Choreo Connect interceptors on Message Transformation. Since you only need the request and response payload, you can specify includes as request_body,response_body.

    Let's create the policy definition xmlToJsonCallInterceptor.gotmpl with the following content.

       interceptorServiceURL: https://xml-to-json-interceptor:8443
       includes: request_body,response_body

    You can create the policy specification for this policy as follows. Since there are no templated attributes in the policy definition, you can keep policyAttributes in the spec as an empty array.

    Custom call interceptor

    Sample 2 - Custom OPA Policy

    Let's create a new policy with the action OPA. The following is the content of the default OPA policy definition that comes by default with the destribution opaPolicy.gotmpl.

      action: OPA
        requestGenerator: ""
        serverURL: {{ .serverUrl }}
        {{- if .accessKey }}
        accessKey: {{ .accessKey }}
        {{- end }}
        policy: {{ .policy }}
        rule: {{ .rule }}
        {{- if .sendAccessToken }}
        sendAccessToken: {{ .sendAccessToken }}
        {{- end }}
        {{- if .additionalProperties }}
        additionalProperties: {{ .additionalProperties }}
        {{- end }}
        {{- if .maxOpenConnections }}
        maxOpenConnections: {{ .maxOpenConnections }}
        {{- end }}
        {{- if .maxPerRoute }}
        maxPerRoute: {{ .maxPerRoute }}
        {{- end }}
        {{- if .connectionTimeout }}
        connectionTimeout: {{ .connectionTimeout }}
        {{- end }}


    You can create a custom request generator and define it in the parameter requestGenerator. For a detailed description on creating a custom request generator, visit Custom OPA Policy for Choreo Connect.

    Let's say we want to validate requests with a OPA server that is used to validate a set of APIs centrally. Let's create a custom policy with name centralOpaPolicy.

    Let's create the definition file. We can have default values added to the parameters of the action “OPA”.

      action: OPA
        requestGenerator: ""
        serverURL: https://central-opa:8181
        accessKey: ""
        policy: {{ .myPolicy }}
        rule: {{ .myRule }}
        sendAccessToken: true
        additionalProperties: ""
        maxOpenConnections: 10
        maxPerRoute: 5
        connectionTimeout: 30

    You can now define the policy spec and since you have templated myPolicy and myRule, you should include those in the policy spec. The following is the sample spec for the above policy definition.

     "category": "Security",
     "name": "opaPolicy",
     "displayName": "Validate Request With OPA Policy",
     "description": "With this policy, user can validate requests based on the OPA policy engine",
     "policyAttributes": [
         "name": "myPolicy",
         "displayName": "Policy",
         "description": "Policy to be validated",
         "type": "String",
         "required": true
         "name": "myRule",
         "displayName": "Rule",
         "description": "Rule to validate",
         "type": "String",
         "defaultValue": "allow",
         "required": true
     "applicableFlows": [
     "supportedGateways": [
     "supportedApiTypes": [

    You can upload the created custom policy from the WSO2 API Manager Publisher Portal as a custom or API-specific policy and attach it to an API resource.