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    This module allows you to generate a set of scaffolded table and custom API definitions from the set of definition files from an Azure Mobile Service.

    The generated app is ready to deploy to an Azure Mobile App and should work for simple applications. More complex applications, particularly those using authentication, will likely require some code changes.

    This module is experimental.


    Obtain Mobile Service Definitions

    Open the following URL in your browser:


    Navigate by clicking on the directory names to the following location:


    Download the scripts directory in ZIP format by clicking on the download icon next to the folder name.

    Create Database Compatibility Views

    The scaffolded app includes a SQL script called createViews.sql. This script must be executed against the target database. This script can also be obtained from

    Create Target Mobile App

    Create a new Mobile App using the Azure portal and perform the following tasks:

    • configure a data connection that points to the Mobile Service database
    • configure push settings to use the same configuration as the Mobile Service
    • copy any custom application settings from the Mobile Service to the Mobile App

    If you previously used one of the built in authentication providers, there are additional steps that you must take. See http://url/ for more information.

    Update Client

    The client application must be updated to use the latest version of the Azure Mobile Apps SDK.


    To install, execute the following with elevated privileges:

    npm i -g azure-mobile-apps-compatibility

    This installs a command line utility with the following usage:

    scaffold-mobile-app <inputPath> <outputPath>

    For example,

    scaffold-mobile-app scripts out

    reads the Azure Mobile Service definition from the scripts directory located in the current working directory and creates a directory called out with a scaffolded Mobile App.

    Running Locally

    To run the app locally, change to the output directory and install required node modules by executing:

    npm i

    You must also edit the azureMobile.js file and provide appropriate data connection and notification hub information.

    The server can then be started by running:

    node --debug app.js

    from the output directory. This starts the server on port 3000.


    Cannot find module 'xxx'

    Dependencies on external modules such as async have not been included by default to reduce the size of the application. If you are using any external modules, you will need to install them by executing:

    npm i <module_name>@<version> --save

    The @<version> parameter is optional. However, it is highly recommended to install the same package versions that were used in your Mobile Service to ensure compatibility.

    The --save option adds the dependency to the package.json file so it is also installed when deployed to Azure.

    The table 'xxx' does not exist

    The getTable function is now case sensitive. Check to ensure the appropriate case is being used.

    Invalid column name '__createdAt'

    The double underscore notation for createdAt, updatedAt, version and deleted columns have been removed. You will need to update any explicit column references manually.


    If you are accessing any application settings that have been set in the portal using process.env, they will not be configured for local debugging. These can be set directly from the azureMobile.js file.

    For applications deployed to Azure, ensure application settings have been copied from the Mobile Service to the Mobile App.

    Can't set headers after they are sent

    Calling request.respond or response.send more than once per request will result in this error. Older versions of the web framework used by Mobile Services, express, allowed this behavior, but the current version does not.

    Use the generated stack trace to identify the offending module and change the code to ensure these functions are only called once.

    Error in sideband demultiplexer

    This usually indicates a corrupt git repository. You can fix this by running:

    git remote set-head origin master

    This assumes your remote repository uses the default name origin and the branch you are pushing to is called master.




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