0.2.8 • Public • Published


    Overloads Backbone.Collection and Backbone.Relational.Model parse methods to add compatibility with the JSONapi protocol.


    $ npm install backbone-relational-jsonapi



    First, install the package:

    npm install backbone-relational-jsonapi --save-dev

    Then require it:

    var _ = require('underscore'),
        Backbone = require('backbone');
    Backbone.Relational = require('backbone-relational');
    require('backbone-relational-jsonapi')(Backbone, _);


    First include the script after backbone and underscore.

    <script src="underscore.js"></script>
    <script src="backbone.js"></script>
    <script src="backbone-relational-jsonapi.js"></script>

    Then boot it up.

    backboneRelationalJsonapi(Backbone, _);

    Currently supported

    The library is currently able to parse

    • The data object
    • The relationships objects
    • The included objects

    Parsing a compound object

    To parse a compound object, the library first checks if something is present in the included object and creates the corresponding instances using the id and type attributes. To do this, it uses a common model factory that looks up the class names depending on the type.

    In your classes, specify a default type value, like

    var Tag = Backbone.RelationalModel.extend({
        defaults: {
            type: 'tags'

    and then register this class in the model factory, like


    This way, compound objecs containing tags objects will be parsed and the included instances of Tag will be available to other objects for relationships.

    Meta objects

    Meta objects are supported and their treatment is delegated to the model or collection that is parsing the incoming data. When a meta object is found within the response, the function handleMeta is called on this. If the function is not defined, then the meta object is ignored. Be careful: this function is called before the parse function has actually returned, so you won't be able to access the parsed data from the handeMeta scope.


    Here's an example of an articles object that can be parsed by the library

        "data": {
            "type": "articles",
            "id": "1",
            "attributes": {
                "title": "The title of the article",
                "url": "",
                "date": 1423094400,
                "thumbnail": "thumbnail.png",
        "relationships": {
            "tags": {
                "data": [
                        "type": "tags",
                        "id": "10"
        "included": [
                "type": "tags",
                "id": "10",
                "attributes": {
                  "name": "geeks"

    Which, Backbone-side would be expressed like

    var Article = Backbone.RelationalModel.extend({
        defaults: {
            type: 'articles'
        relations: [{
            type: Backbone.HasMany,
            key: 'tags',
            relatedModel: Tag // Refers to the Tag class defined above

    Not supported

    Currently, the support of the JSONapi specification is partial. Work still needs to be done.

    • Links


    npm i backbone-relational-jsonapi

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