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2.0.1 • Public • Published CLI & SDK is a simple service you can send generic data, read it back or graph it in a nice app. This is a simple command line tool and node.js SDK for interfacing with it.




Open a command line and run the following command to install. Requires node.js to be installed.

[sudo] npm install -g datanow


Register using the command below substituting in your username and email.

datanow register --username your-username --email
# Enter your password

You will need to click the verification link that was sent to your email before proceeding.

Now you can login.

datanow login --username your-username --email

An authorization token has been generated and placed in ~/.datanow-config.json so DataNow will remember you.

Simple Example

First create an app and a board to post your data to.

datanow create your-username/test-board

Now post some numbers to it.

datanow write 1
datanow write 2
datanow write 3

Let's get those numbers back.

datanow read
# Prints  
#  2015-01-29T10:01:06.382Z, 1
#  2015-01-29T10:01:07.194Z, 2
#  2015-01-29T10:01:09.542Z, 3

You like that? Good. I was hoping you would.

Specifying Date

Notice how in the above example you got a date back? That is because the default schema is [ date, number ] and if you don't supply date its is auto filled.

Let's try specifying our own date in the ISO 8601 format.

datanow write 2014-12-28T13:27:48.000Z 4
#   reads out as 2014-12-28T13:27:48.000Z, 4

datanow write 2014-12-29 5
#   reads out as 2014-12-29T00:00:00.000Z, 5

Custom Schemas

You can specify your own schema when you create a board. Valid data types are date, number and string. Here are some examples.

String only

datanow create your-username/messages string
datanow write hello
datanow write world
datanow write 'goodbye world'
datanow read
# Prints
#  hello
#  world
#  goodbye world

Date, Number and String

datanow create your-username/weights date number string
datanow set --board your-username/weights
datanow write `date -u +"%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%SZ"` 130 Homer
datanow write `date -u +"%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%SZ"` 45 Bart
datanow read
# Prints
# 2015-02-02T14:12:45.000Z, 130, Homer
# 2015-02-02T14:12:51.000Z, 45, Bart

Numbers only

datanow create your-username/temperature number
datanow write -- -3
for i in {-3..5}
  datanow write -- $i
datanow write 5

datanow read
# Prints
#  -3
#  -3
#  -2
#  -1
#  0
#  1
#  2
#  3
#  4
#  5
#  5

datanow read --board your-username/weights
# Prints
#  2015-03-13T07:49:09.000Z, 130, Homer
#  2015-03-13T07:49:09.000Z, 45, Bart

Note in this example that it uses the --. That is a standard with command line tools for handling negative numbers as it marks end of options.

Formatting Output

The default output option is CSV but there are a few more.

CSV Format

CSV (comma separated values) looks nice and you can use with LibreOffice's Calc Spreadsheet program or others similar programs. Just pipe the output to a file.

datanow read --format csv > output.csv

# Try opening with the default program.
open output.csv

Specify the line delimiter and the column delimiter with --lineDelimiter and --delimiter. Very handy for piping to other tools like GNUPlot.

datanow read --format csv --lineDelimiter ', '
# Prints
# -3, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5,

datanow read --board your-username/weights --delimiter $'\t'
# Prints
# 2015-03-13T07:49:09.000Z	130	Homer
# 2015-03-13T07:49:09.000Z	45	Bart

JSON Format

datanow read --board your-username/weights --format json
# Prints
#  [
#    [
#      "2015-02-02T14:12:45.000Z",
#      130,
#      "Homer"
#    ],
#    [
#      "2015-02-02T14:12:51.000Z",
#      45,
#      "Bart"
#    ]
#  ]

JS Format

This is very similar to JSON format but it prints the javascript object in shorthand which is not valid JSON.

datanow read --board your-username/weights --format js
# Prints
# [ [ '2015-02-02T14:12:45.000Z', 130, 'Homer' ],
#   [ '2015-02-02T14:12:51.000Z', 45, 'Bart' ] ]

ASCII Plot Output

You can even plot some cool graphs in the command line with the plot format.

datanow read --board your-username/temperature --format plot --height 10 --width 80
# Prints
#  ▲
#  │                 • •
#  │
#  │               •
#  │
#  │             •
#  │
#  │           •
#  │
#  │         •
#  │
#  ┼───────•────────────▶
#  │
#  │     •
#  │
#  │   •
#  │
#  • •
#  Max=5 Min=-3 Mean=1 Last=5

If you exclude the --height & --width, it will default to the size of your terminal window. Very useful when streaming large datasets.


You can add collaborators to your boards which get administrative privileges.

Let's create a friend and test it out.

datanow register --username friends-name --email

Note friends-name will have to click their email confirmation link before proceeding.

datanow collaborators your-username/temperature --add friends-name
datanow logout
datanow login --username friends-name --email
datanow write --board your-username/temperature 7

See how friends-name has permissions to write to your temperature board? That's nice of you.

datanow collaborators your-username/temperature --remove your-username

Hey! friends-name just removed you as a collaborators from your board. That is not very friendly but could be a completely legitimate use case.

Streaming Reads

DataNow has the ability to stream data in real time using the --stream flag. Try it by opening up 2 terminal windows and running this in one

datanow read --board your-username/temperature --format plot --height 10 --width 80 --stream

and this in the other

for i in {5..-3}; do   datanow write -- $i; done

You should see the plot updating in realtime. streaming example

Paging, Limits & Ordering

If you only want to get the first few data points, you can impose a limit when reading using the --limit flag.

datanow create your-username/counting number
for i in {0..10}; do   datanow write -- $i; done

datanow read --limit 3
# Prints
#  0
#  1
#  2

We call this a page of data. This is most useful when dealing with large datasets. The largest and default limit you can set is 50.

To get the next page, use the --page flag.

datanow read --limit 3 --page 2
# Prints
#  3
#  4
#  5

To get the latest data instead of the oldest, use the --reverse flag.

datanow read --limit 3 --page 1 --reverse
# Prints
#  10
#  9
#  8

The --reverse flag can be very useful. If you prefer it as the default, use the set command.

datanow set --reverse true
datanow set --reverse false


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