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A node.js client library for consul

This module attempts to be "low level" and follows consul's API pretty closely, meaning not a whole lot of sugar is provided for you. If you need something small, sugary and focused, use this module to build something higher level.


This not stable because is still being developed, feel free to help out!


$ npm install consul-node


The following options can be passed to the Consul constructor.

  • host -- The consul agent's host (defaults to localhost).
  • port -- The consul agent's port (defaults to 8500).
  • secure -- Use https when talking to the agent (defaults to false).
  • strict -- Treat HTTP 404's as errors (defaults to false).
var Consul = require('consul-node');
var consul = new Consul({
  host: 'localhost',
  port: 8300,


Basically all calls support passing an optional parameter before the callback. This parameter is useful when wanting to pass query string parameters to the calls.

For example, this can be used to filter the services returned by the health endpoint.

// Get all nodes having the 'myservice' service'myservice', function (err, nodes) {
    if (err) return console.error(err.stack);
    console.log('nodes -- %j', nodes);
// Get all healthy ('passing') nodes having the 'myservice' service'myservice', {passing: 1 }, function (err, nodes) {
    if (err) return console.error(err.stack);
    console.log('nodes -- %j', nodes);


Implements the KV endpoints.

  • consul.kv.get(key, callback)
  • consul.kv.put(key, data, callback)
  • consul.kv.delete(key, callback)

TODO: flags, cas, recurse, blocking queries.

var consul = new Consul();
consul.kv.put('hello', 'world', function (err, ok) {
  if (err) throw err;
  consul.kv.get('hello', function (err, items) {
    if (err) throw err;

Status API

Implements the status endpoints.

  • consul.status.leader(callback)
  • consul.status.peers(callback)
var consul = new Consul();
consul.status.peers(function (err, peers) {
  if (err) throw err;
  console.log('peers -- %j', peers);
consul.status.leader(function (err, leader) {
  if (err) throw err;
  console.log('leader -- %s', leader);

Agent API

Implements the agent endpoints.

  • consul.agent.checks(callback)
  • consul.agent.members(callback)

Implemented but not yet covered by tests:

  • consul.agent.join(address, callback)
  • consul.agent.forceLeave(node, callback)
  • consul.agent.registerCheck(check, callback)
  • consul.agent.deregisterCheck(checkId, callback)
  • consul.agent.passCheck(checkId, callback)
  • consul.agent.warnCheck(checkId, callback)
  • consul.agent.failCheck(checkId, callback)
  • consul.agent.registerService(service, callback)
  • consul.agent.deregisterService(serviceId, callback)

TODO: Implement tests for the remaining calls.

var consul = new Consul();
consul.agent.checks(function (err, checks) {
  if (err) throw err;
  console.log('checks -- %j', checks);
}); (err, services) {
  if (err) throw err;
  console.log('services -- %j', services);
consul.agent.members(function (err, members) {
  if (err) throw err;
  console.log('members -- %j', members);

Catalog API

Implements the catalog endpoints.

Currently implemented:

  • consul.catalog.service(serviceName, callback)

TODO: Implement the remaining calls.

Health API

Implements the health endpoints.

  • node(node, callback)
  • checks(serviceName, callback)
  • service(serviceName, opts, callback)
  • state(state, callback)

The opts parameter can be used for filtering. Set it to {passing: 1} to add a query parameter to the request, which causes the Consul HTTP API to only return service nodes with passing checks.

Running tests

To run the tests, you have to have the Consul agent running locally.

Start the agent using:

// From the consul-node root folder
$ consul agent -config-dir=./test/config/consul.d

Then execute the tests using npm test.