High performance static server cluster plugin for asimov.js


A high performance static server cluster plugin for asimov.js

Made by Adam Renklint, Berlin 2014. MIT licensed.

asimov-server is a high-performance static server based on express.js. It uses a cluster of workers to serve a static site, built with asimov-pages or any other way, and allows you to customize the request/response flow with super-charged express.js middleware.

First things first - create a new, basic project. Then install asimov-server from npm.

$ npm install --save asimov-server

To use the server plugin, add it in your app's plugin hook, in index.js and start your app with asimov or node index.js.

var asimov = require('asimov');
var server = require('asimov-server');
// Keeping all our setup in this format allows our 
// app to be used as a plugin by other projects 
module.exports = function plugin (options) {
// The project bootstrap, using our app as a plugin 
module.exports.start = function bootstrap () {
// If we are not loaded as a plugin, start the app 
module.parent || module.exports.start();
  // the folder where the static content is located 
  'server.sourceDir': 'public',
  // seconds, how often request counts are logged 
  'server.logInterval': 15,
  // seconds, how often workers report request counts 
  'server.workerReportInterval': 5

Create or use regular express.js middleware.

// lib/middleware/myMiddleware.js 
module.exports = function myMiddleware (reqresnext) {
  // do some 

Then include and register the middleware in your project's plugin hook.

// index.js 
var myMiddleware = require('./lib/middleware/myMiddleware');
module.exports = function plugin () {

Pre and post middleware

Unlike in vanilla express.js app, it's possible to hook into several different steps in the request handling lifecycle.

Pre-middleware is executed before any other middleware and could be used to override the entire normal request lifecycle and middleware chain.

var overrideEverything = require('overrideEverything');

With post-middleware, you also hook in middleware right after the server has tried to serve content from the static source folder, if no content was found. With this you could, for example, add a custom logger to keep track of the amount of served 404s.

var myCustom404Logger = require('myCustom404Logger');

Beware, when the pre-middleware is executed, the response will not have been equipped with any caching headers yet, so if you send a response, you might want to take of that on your own.

  1. First, fork this repo.
  2. Implement something awesome
  3. Write tests and run them with npm test
  4. Submit a pull request

Author: Adam Renklint.