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    Nebula Drive

    Build Status

    ⚠️ This version has been deprecated and is no longer supported. Please visit the latest version here ⚠️

    Nebula drives are real-time distributed storage for files and key value databases built on top of Hypercore Protocol. This project exists because the Telios email client needed a way to distribute and store encrypted emails on user's local file systems over a peer-to-peer (P2P) network. A lot of inspiration was taken from Hyperdrive, but Hyperdrive didn't have options for fine-grain access control, multiple writers, and the ability to delete files from disk once added to the drives.

    Nebula drives come with a handful of useful features like:

    • Shareable over company firewalls and mobile networks: The P2P network runs on Hyperswarm which has the ability to hole-punch through most company firewalls and mobile connections.
    • Access Control: Control access to each file by sharing the file's hash and the drive's discovery key.
    • Multiwriter: Drives can have multiple peers with write access by sharing and adding eachother's diff keys.
    • Collections: Along with files, drives can create and share simple key value btree databases built on Hyperbee. Collections also have the option to be encrypted with a secret key.

    TODOs:

    • [x] Connect to drives behind corporate firewalls and mobile networks
    • [x] Create and share key value databases between peers
    • [x] Upgrade multiwriter to Hypercore v10
    • [ ] Share files by only their hash much like IPFS
    • [ ] Upgrade access control to limit sharing by a peer's public key
    • [ ] Turn an existing directory into a drive and watch for changes
    • [ ] Upgrade collections to be closer to MongoDB with Hyperbeedeebee

    Installation

    npm i @telios/nebula-drive

    Usage

    const Drive = require('nebula-drive')
    
    const encryptionKey = Buffer.alloc(32, 'hello world')
    
    const localDrive = new Drive(__dirname + "/drive", null, { 
      keyPair,
      encryptionKey,
      swarmOpts: {
        server: true,
        client: true
      }
    })
    
    await localDrive.ready()
    
    // Key to be shared with other devices or services that want to seed this drive
    const drivePubKey = localDrive.publicKey
    
    // Clone a remote drive
    const remoteDrive = new Drive(__dirname + "/drive_remote", drivePubKey, { 
      keyPair,
      swarmOpts: {
        server: true,
        client: true
      }
    })
    
    await remoteDrive.ready()
    
    
    localDrive.on('file-sync', file => {
      // Local drive has synced somefile.json from remote drive
    })
    
    await remoteDrive.writeFile('/dest/path/on/drive/somefile.json', readableStream)

    API / Examples

    const drive = new Drive(storagePath, [key], [options])

    Create a drive to be shared over the network which can be replicated and seeded by other peers.

    • storagePath: The directory where you want the drive to be created.
    • key: The public key of the remote drive you want to clone

    Options include:

    {
      storage, // Override Hypercore's default random-access-file storage with a different random-access-storage module
      encryptionKey,  // optionally pass an encryption key to encrypt the drive's database
      keyPair: { // ed25519 keypair
        publicKey, 
        secretKey
      },
      joinSwarm: true | false // Optionally set whether or not to join hyperswarm when starting the drive. Defaults to true.
      swarmOpts: { // Set server to true to start this drive as a server and announce its public key to the network
        server: true | false,
        client: true | false
      },
      checkNetworkStatus: true | false // Listen for when the drive's network status changes
    }
    const Drive = require('nebula-drive')
    
    // Create a new local drive.
    const localDrive = new Drive(__dirname + "/drive", null, { 
      keyPair,
      swarmOpts: {
        server: true,
        client: true
      }
    })
    
    await localDrive.ready()
    
    // Key to be shared with other devices or services that want to seed this drive
    const drivePubKey = localDrive.publicKey
    
    // Clone a remote drive
    const remoteDrive = new Drive(__dirname + "/drive_remote", drivePubKey, { 
      keyPair,
      swarmOpts: {
        server: true,
        client: true
      }
    })
    
    await remoteDrive.ready()

    await drive.ready()

    Initialize the drive and all resources needed.

    await drive.addPeer(publicKey)

    Adds a remote drive as a new writer. After a peer has been added, the drive will automatically try to reconnect to this peer after every restart.

    Example Usage:

    // Local drive on Device A
    const drive1 = new Drive(__dirname + "/drive", null, { 
      keyPair,
      swarmOpts: {
        server: true,
        client: true
      }
    })
    
    // Local drive on Device B
    const drive2 = new Drive(__dirname + "/drive", null, { 
      keyPair,
      swarmOpts: {
        server: true,
        client: true
      }
    })
    
    
    await drive2.addPeer(drive1.publicKey)

    await drive.removePeer(publicKey)

    Stop replicating with another drive peer.

    const file = await drive.writeFile(path, readableStream, [opts])

    Write a file from a readable stream. When choosing to encrypt a file, the encryption key will be passed back in the response. Each file is encrypted with a unique key which should be stored spearately.

    • path: Full path where the file resides on the local drive dir/to/my/file.jpg
    • readableStream: Any readableStream fs.createReadableStream()

    Options include:

    // When encrypted is true a key and header value will be returned after the file has been written
    { 
      encrypted: true 
    }

    const stream = await drive.readFile(path)

    Creates a readable stream of data from the requested file path.

    • path: Full path where the file resides on the local drive dir/to/my/file.jpg

    const stream = await drive.fetchFileByDriveHash(discoveryKey, fileHash, [opts])

    Drives with many files may not want to announce every file by it's hash due to network bandwidth limits. In this case, a drive has the option of sharing it's discoveryKey which peers can use to connect to the drive and then make a request file hash request.

    • discoveryKey: Remote drive's discovery key drive.discoveryKey which is used by peers to request resources from the drive.
    • fileHash: Hash of the file being requested on the remote drive.
    • opts: If a key and header are passed in then the return stream will be the deciphered data
      • key: Encryption key used for deciphering the encrypted stream. This key is returned from the drive.writeFile method.
      • header: Needed for validating the encrypted stream. This gets returned from drive.writeFile().

    const stream = drive.decryptFileStream(stream, key, header)

    If drive.fetchFileByDriveHash is returning encrypted data, then decryptFileStream will transform that stream and return a new stream of deciphered data.

    • stream: Readable stream of encrypted data
    • key: Encryption key used for deciphering the encrypted stream. This key is returned from the drive.writeFile method.
    • header: Needed for validating the encrypted stream. This gets returned from drive.writeFile().

    await drive.fetchFileBatch(files, cb)

    Fetching files as a batch automatically chunks parallel requests in a fixed batch size so a drive can request as many files as it needs without impacting performance.

    • files: Array of file objects with the following structure
      • discovery_key: Remote drive's discovery key drive.discoveryKey which is used by peers to request resources from the drive.
      • hash: Hash of the file being requested on the remote drive.
      • key: Encryption key used for deciphering the encrypted stream. This key is returned from the drive.writeFile method.
      • header: Needed for validating the encrypted stream. This gets returned from drive.writeFile().
    • cb: Callback method that runs after every file stream has been initialized. Use this for handling what to do with the individual file streams. Note that this should return a promise.

    Example Usage:

    await drive.fetchFileBatch(files, (stream, file) => {
      return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
        const writeStream = fs.createWriteStream(`./${file.path}`)
        pump(stream, writeStream, (err) => {
          resolve()
        })
      })
    })

    await drive.close()

    Fully close the drive and all of it's resources.

    drive.on('message', (peerPubKey, socket) => {})

    Emitted when the drive has recieved a message from a peer.

    • peerPubKey: Public key of the peer that sent the message
    • socket: The socket returned on this event can be used as a duplex stream for bi-directional communication with the connecting peer. socket.write socket.on('data, data => {})

    drive.on('file-add', (file, enc) => {})

    Emitted when a new file has been added to a local drive.

    • file: A file object
      • path: drive path the file was saved to
      • hash: Hash of the file
    • enc: Passes back properties needed to decrypt the file
      • key: Key needed to decrypt the file
      • header: Needed for validating the encrypted stream

    drive.on('sync', () => {})

    Emitted when the drive has synced any remote data.

    drive.on('file-sync', (file) => {})

    Emitted when the drive has synced remote a remote file.

    drive.on('file-unlink', (file) => {})

    Emitted when a file has been deleted on the drive.

    drive.on('fetch-error', (err) => {})

    Emitted when there has been an error downloading from the remote drive

    drive.on('network-updated', (network) => {})

    Emitted when either the internet connection or the drive's connection to Hyperswarm has changed. The drive option checkNetworkStatus must be set to true in order for these events to be emitted.

    Returns:

    • network
      • internet: true|false
      • drive: true|false

    const collection = await drive.db.collection(name)

    Creates a new key value collection. Collections are encrypted with the drive's encryptionKey (drive.encryptionKey) when the key is passed in during initialization.

    await collection.put(key, value)

    Inserts a new document into the collection. Value should be a JSON object.

    await collection.get(key)

    Get a document by it's key

    await collection.del(key)

    Deletes a document by it's key

    Install

    npm i @telios/nebula-drive

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    Version

    5.3.2

    License

    MIT

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