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    Box Node.js SDK

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    A Node.js interface to the Box Content API.

    Getting Started Docs: https://developer.box.com/guides/tooling/sdks/node/

    Installation

    npm install --save box-node-sdk
    

    Getting Started

    To get started with the SDK, get a Developer Token from the Configuration page of your app in the Box Developer Console. You can use this token to make test calls for your own Box account.

    var BoxSDK = require('box-node-sdk');
    
    // Initialize the SDK with your app credentials
    var sdk = new BoxSDK({
      clientID: 'CLIENT_ID',
      clientSecret: 'CLIENT_SECRET'
    });
    
    // Create a basic API client, which does not automatically refresh the access token
    var client = sdk.getBasicClient('DEVELOPER_TOKEN');
    
    // Get your own user object from the Box API
    // All client methods return a promise that resolves to the results of the API call,
    // or rejects when an error occurs
    client.users.get(client.CURRENT_USER_ID)
    	.then(user => console.log('Hello', user.name, '!'))
    	.catch(err => console.log('Got an error!', err));

    Creating API Clients

    Clients are used to communicate with the API on behalf of a user.

    Box supports three different types of client:

    • Basic Client: Simple, makes calls via the given access token until the access token expires
    • Persistent Client: For use with traditional OAuth2 apps, can refresh its tokens automatically and persist them via a token store
    • App Auth Client: Uses the app auth JWT grant to act on behalf of app/managed users and create new tokens automatically

    Basic Client

    Returns a Box Client with a Basic API Session. The client is able to make requests on behalf of a user. A basic session has no access to a user's refresh token. Because of this, once the session's tokens expire the client cannot recover and a new session will need to be generated.

    var client = BoxSDK.getBasicClient('ACCESS_TOKEN');

    Persistent Client

    Returns a Box Client with a persistent API session. A persistent API session helps manage the user's tokens, and can refresh them automatically if the access token expires. If a central data-store is given, the session can read & write tokens to it.

    NOTE: If tokenInfo or tokenStore are formatted incorrectly, this method will throw an error. If you haven't explicitly created either of these objects or are otherwise not completely confident in their validity, you should wrap your call to getPersistentClient in a try-catch to handle any potential errors.

    If you do not provide a token store object, the SDK will continue refreshing tokens locally as long as the Node.js process lives, but will not able to restore the user's authentication on process restart or share that authentication state between different processes.

    var client = sdk.getPersistentClient(tokenInfo, null);

    Providing a token store will allow the SDK to persist the user's authentication state so that you can resume making API calls as a user if the Node.js process needs to restart, or share the authentication state between multiple different processes.

    var client = sdk.getPersistentClient(tokenInfo, tokenStore);

    The token store is the interface used by persistent clients to interact with the consumer app's central storage layer. For a token store to be valid, it must have the following three methods:

    store.read(function(err, data) {}); // read TokenInfo from app central store.
    store.write(tokenInfo, function(err, data) {}); // write TokenInfo to the app's central store.
    store.clear(function(err, data) {}); // delete TokenInfo from the app's central store.

    Note that these methods don't pass in identifying information as arguments. You'll most likely need to create them on-demand for each client.

    App Auth Client

    App Auth allows an app to fully manage the Box accounts of its users; they do not have direct login credentials to Box and all operations are performed through the API using a JWT grant.

    If you have a JSON configuration file from the Box Developer Console that includes your private key information, you can import that directly to create an SDK instance:

    var sdkConfig = require('/path/to/config.json');
    var sdk = BoxSDK.getPreconfiguredInstance(sdkConfig);
    
    // Get the service account client, used to create and manage app user accounts
    // The enterprise ID is pre-populated by the JSON configuration,
    // so you don't need to specify it here
    var serviceAccountClient = sdk.getAppAuthClient('enterprise');
    
    // Get an app user or managed user client
    var appUserClient = sdk.getAppAuthClient('user', 'YOUR-APP-USER-ID');

    Otherwise, you can manually pass the necessary configuration parameters to the SDK:

    var sdk = new BoxSDK({
    	clientID: 'CLIENT_ID',
    	clientSecret: 'CLIENT_SECRET',
    	appAuth: {
    		keyID: 'PUBLIC_KEY_ID',
    		privateKey: 'PRIVATE_KEY',
    		passphrase: 'PRIVATE_KEY_PASSPHRASE'
    	}
    });
    
    // Get the service account client, used to create and manage app user accounts
    var serviceAccountClient = sdk.getAppAuthClient('enterprise', 'APP_ENTERPRISE_ID');
    
    // Get an app user or managed user client
    var appUserClient = sdk.getAppAuthClient('user', 'YOUR-APP-USER-ID');

    Using the Client to Make API Calls

    The different API endpoints you can call are represented as methods, grouped into managers by the type of object they interact with.

    For example:

    // Get the user opject for the current user
    client.users.get(client.CURRENT_USER_ID)
    	.then(currentUser => { /* ... */ })
    	.catch(error => { /* handle any errors */ });
    
    // Update the name for folder with ID 123
    client.folders.update('123', { name: 'New Folder Name' })
    	.then(folderInfo => { /* ... */ })
    	.catch(error => { /* handle any errors */ });
    
    // Upload a new file to folder 123
    client.files.uploadFile('123', 'bicycle.png', fileContents)
    	.then(fileObject => { /* ... */ })
    	.catch(error => { /* handle any errors */ });
    
    // Delete the comment with ID 456
    client.comments.delete('456')
    	.then(() => { /* ... */ })
    	.catch(error => { /* handle any errors */ });

    For complete documentation about the available operations, please see the SDK documentation pages and the auto-generated JSDocs. These contain detailed information about which methods are available and how to use them.

    Constructing API Calls Manually

    The SDK also exposes low-level request methods for constructing your own API calls. These can be useful for adding your own API calls that aren't yet explicitly supported by the SDK.

    The low-level methods always return a response object that contains the raw API response, and do not turn non-2xx status codes into errors like the normal client methods do.

    // GET /files/123?fields=id,name
    client.get('/files/123', {qs: {fields: 'id,name'}})
    	.then(response => { /* ... */ })
    	.catch(error => { /* handle any errors */ });
    
    // PUT /files/123
    // {
    //     "name": "New File Name"
    // }
    client.put('/files/123', {body: {name: 'New File Name'}});
    	.then(response => { /* ... */ })
    	.catch(error => { /* handle any errors */ });
    
    // DELETE /files/123
    client.del('/files/123');
    	.then(response => { /* ... */ })
    	.catch(error => { /* handle any errors */ });

    Versions

    We use a modified version of Semantic Versioning for all changes. See version strategy for details which is effective from 30 July 2022.

    Supported Version

    Only the current MAJOR version of SDK is supported. New features, functionality, bug fixes, and security updates will only be added to the current MAJOR version.

    A current release is on the leading edge of our SDK development, and is intended for customers who are in active development and want the latest and greatest features.
    Instead of stating a release date for a new feature, we set a fixed minor or patch release cadence of maximum 2-3 months (while we may release more often). At the same time, there is no schedule for major or breaking release. Instead, we will communicate one quarter in advance the upcoming breaking change to allow customers to plan for the upgrade. We always recommend that all users run the latest available minor release for whatever major version is in use. We highly recommend upgrading to the latest SDK major release at the earliest convenient time and before the EOL date.

    Version schedule

    Version Supported Environments State First Release EOL/Terminated
    2 Node.js >= 8 and <= 14 Supported 29 Sep 2021 TBD
    1 EOL 28 Mar 2019 29 Sep 2021

    Questions, Bugs, and Feature Requests?

    Browse the issues tickets! Or, if that doesn't work, file a new one and someone will get back to you. If you have general questions about the Box API, you can post to the Box Developer Forum.

    Contributing to the Box Node.js SDK

    1. Clone this repo.
    2. Run npm install.
    3. Run npm test to ensure everything is working.
    4. Make the changes you want in the lib/ directory. Be sure to add corresponding tests in the tests/ directory!
    5. Create a pull request with your changes — we'll review it and help you get it merged.

    For more information, please see the Contribution guidelines.

    Changelog

    See CHANGELOG.md.

    Documentation

    You can find guides and tutorials in the docs directory.

    Copyright and License

    Copyright 2018 Box, Inc. All rights reserved.

    Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

    http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

    Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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    npm i box-node-sdk

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