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A framework for automated and programmatic data transfer. Separate source and destination modules allow for a high degree of customization and deployment-specific data handling.





Run bridge or batch. In project directory at command-line:

node app --help
npm start -- --help


node setup

Cleanup any extraneous output files (make appropriate backups first). Takes -d flag for number of previous days' files to keep.

node clean
node clean -d 3
node clean -d 0

Manage bind variables. Follow prompts:

node bind

Node Module

npm install databridge --save
var databridge = require('databridge');

The databridge module exposes a number of functions/objects. See the documentation at the beginning of each module for specific function reference.

  setupConfig: [Function],            // bin/config-setup 
  config: {                           // config.json (if exists) 
    dirs: {
      batches: '{...}/batches/',
      creds: '{...}/creds/',
      destinations: '{...}/destinations/',
      input: '{...}/input/',
      logs: '{...}/logs/',
      output: '{...}/output/',
      sources: '{...}/sources/'
    logto: 'console',
    defaultBindVars: {},
    schedule: '{...}/schedule.json'
  bridge: [Function],                 // bin/bridge 
  batchParse: [Function],             // bin/batch-parse 
  bridgeRunner: [Function],           // bin/bridge-runner 
  list: {
    src: [Function],                  // bin/list-src 
    dest: [Function],                 // bin/list-dest 
    tables: [Function],               // bin/list-tables 
    batches: [Function]               // bin/list-batches 

Data Types

Data type detection is handled by typeof() and a combination of source column strings.

  1. GPA anywhere or _DEC at the end of the column name will be parsed as DECIMAL(8,2). (_DEC will be removed from the destination column name.)
  2. DATE or TIMESTAMP in the column name is parsed as DATE.
  3. For all other types, the first row of data will be used.
  4. If typeof(value) == 'number' parsed as INT.
  5. Else parsed as VARCHAR(255)

This behavior is run by bin/col-parser and should be customized for particular situations especially involving large amounts of data.


For SQL-based destinations, indexes are created for column names with the trailing string _IND. This trailing string is removed from the destination column name.

Running as a Service / PM2

Uses config.schedule file and can setup service. Requires pm2 installed globally npm install -g pm2.

# start pm2 service 
npm run service-start
# restart pm2 
npm run service-restart
# stop pm2 
npm run service-stop

It is possible to run pm2 at startup.

Schedule Configuration

Each schedule object requires type attribute: bridge or batch.

NOTE: When using the service, it cannot prompt for bind variables if needed. Therefore, any sources that require bind variables will throw an error if bind variables are not defined. Each job object in that case MUST have a binds: true or defined binds: {...} attribute.

Each schedule object requires cron attribute in the following format:

*    *    *    *    *    *
┬    ┬    ┬    ┬    ┬    ┬
│    │    │    │    │    |
│    │    │    │    │    └ day of week (0 - 7) (0 or 7 is Sun)
│    │    │    │    └───── month (1 - 12)
│    │    │    └────────── day of month (1 - 31)
│    │    └─────────────── hour (0 - 23)
│    └──────────────────── minute (0 - 59)
└───────────────────────── second (0 - 59, optional)

Example schedule.json file:

  "name": "test",
  "type": "batch",
  "cron": "*/30 * * * *"
}, {
  "type": "bridge",
  "name": "oracle employees.ferpa_certified => mssql",
  "cron": "*/10 * * * *",
  "binds": true,
  "source": "oracle",
  "destination": "mssql",
  "table": "employees.ferpa_certified"
}, {
  "type": "bridge",
  "name": "mssql surveys.population_open => csv",
  "cron": "*/20 * * * *",
  "binds": true,
  "source": "mssql",
  "table": "surveys.population_open",
  "destination": "csv"
}, {
  "type": "bridge",
  "name": "xlsx employees.ferpa_certified => mssql",
  "cron": "*/25 * * * *",
  "binds": true,
  "source": "xlsx",
  "destination": "mssql",
  "table": "employees.ferpa_certified"
}, {
  "type": "script",
  "name": "name of script inside input directory, file extension",
  "cron": "0 1 * * *"


Install Mocha globally:

npm install -g mocha

All tests:

npm test

All destinations or sources:

mocha spec/destinations
mocha spec/sources

Just one destination/source:

mocha spec/destinations --one=mssql
mocha spec/sources --one=mysql

Customizing sources / destinations

Source modules

Source modules are passed the config/opt object from the bridge.

Source modules MUST return:

  1. null or error.
  2. Number of rows pulled from source.
  3. Array of column names from source.

Destination modules

Destination modules are passed config/opt object from the bridge and the columns definitions generated by bin/col-parser.

Destination modules MUST return:

  1. null or error.
  2. Number of rows written to destination.
  3. Array of column names at destination.