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    This template generates a Node.js application with any of the supported protocols endpoint, based on Hermesjs.

    Other files are for the setup of developer environment, like .editorconfig or .eslint.

    Technical requirements

    Specification requirements

    Property name Reason Fallback Default
    operationId Operation ID must be set for every operation to generate proper functions as there is no fallback in place - -

    Supported protocols

    How to use the template

    This template must be used with the AsyncAPI Generator. You can find all available options here.

    In case you use X509 security and need to provide certificates, either place them in the root of the generated server with the following names: ca.pem, service.cert, service.key. You can provide a custom directory where cert files are located using certFilesDir parameter like -p certFilesDir=../not/in/my/app/dir.

    Since you can have multiple different security schemes, to use the one of X509 type, you need to pass the name of the scheme like this: -p securityScheme=SCHEME_NAME.

    You can find a complete tutorial on AsyncAPI Generator using this template here.


    # Install the AsyncAPI Generator
    npm install -g @asyncapi/generator
    # Run generation
    ag @asyncapi/nodejs-template -o output -p server=production
    ## Start the server 
    # Go to the generated server
    cd output
    # Build generated application
    npm i
    # Start server
    # To enable production settings start the server with "NODE_ENV=production npm start"
    npm start
    ## Start the client 
    #for testing your server you can use mqtt client. open a new terminal and install it using:
    npm install mqtt -g
    #publish an invalid message.
    mqtt pub -t 'smartylighting/streetlights/1/0/event/123/lighting/measured' -h '' -m '{"id": 1, "lumens": "3", "sentAt": "2017-06-07T12:34:32.000Z"}'
    #publish a valid message
    mqtt pub -t 'smartylighting/streetlights/1/0/event/123/lighting/measured' -h '' -m '{"id": 1, "lumens": 3, "sentAt": "2017-06-07T12:34:32.000Z"}'
    #You should see the sent message in the logs of the previously started server.
    #Notice that the server automatically validates incoming messages and logs out validation errors

    Template configuration

    You can configure this template by passing different parameters in the Generator CLI: -p PARAM1_NAME=PARAM1_VALUE -p PARAM2_NAME=PARAM2_VALUE

    Name Description Required Example
    server The server you want to use in the code. Yes production
    securityScheme Name of the security scheme. Only scheme with X509 and Kafka protocol is supported for now. No 'mySchemeName'
    certFilesDir Directory where application certificates are located. This parameter is needed when you use X509 security scheme and your cert files are not located in the root of your application. No ../not/in/my/app/dir


    The most straightforward command to use this template is:

    ag @asyncapi/nodejs-template -o output -p server=production

    For local development, you need different variations of this command. First of all, you need to know about three important CLI flags:

    • --debug enables the debug mode in Nunjucks engine what makes filters debugging simpler.
    • --watch-template enables a watcher of changes that you make in the template. It regenerates your template whenever it detects a change.
    • --install enforces reinstallation of the template.

    There are two ways you can work on template development:

    • Use global Generator and template from your local sources:
      # assumption is that you run this command from the root of your template
      ag ./ -o output -p server=production
    • Use Generator from sources and template also from local sources. This approach enables more debugging options with awesome console.log in the Generator sources or even the Parser located in node_modules of the Generator:
      # assumption is that you run this command from the root of your template
      # assumption is that generator sources are cloned on the same level as the template
      ../generator/cli.js ./ -o output -p server=production


    Thanks goes to these wonderful people (emoji key):

    Fran Méndez

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    Lukasz Gornicki

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    Khuda Dad Nomani

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    This project follows the all-contributors specification. Contributions of any kind welcome!


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