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RESTful Micro-ORM for CRUD and more, using Node.js, Express, and PostgreSQL.

Evolutility-Server-Node provides REST endpoints for CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) and simple charts based on models rather than code.

For a matching model-driven UI, use Evolutility-UI-React or Evolutility-UI-jQuery.


Download or clone from GitHub.

# To get the latest stable version, use git from the command line.
git clone

or use the npm package:

# To get the latest stable version, use npm from the command line.
npm install evolutility-server-node


After installing Evolutility-Server-Node, follow these steps:

  1. Create a PostgreSQL database.

  2. In the file config.js set the PostgreSQL connection string and the schema name to access your new database.

  3. In the command line type the following:

# Install dependencies
npm install
# Create sample database w/ demo tables
node js/setup/database.js
# Run the node.js server
npm start

In a web browser, go to the url http://localhost:3000/api/v1/evolutility/todo.

Configuration options are possible by editing the config.js file in the root directory of the project.


To be accessible by the REST API, each database table must be described in a model. Models contain the name of the driving table and the list of fields/columns present in the API.


Property Meaning
id Unique key to identify the entity (used as API parameter).
table Database table name.
fields Array of fields.
titleField Field id for the column value used as record title.
searchFields Array of field ids for fields used to perform searches.


Property Meaning
id Unique key for the field (can be the same as column but doesn't have to be).
column Database column name for the field
lovtable Table to join to for field value (only for fields of "lov" type).
lovcolumn Column name (in the lovtable) for field value (only for fields of "lov" type).
type Field type is not a database column type but more a UI field type. Possible field types:
  • boolean (yes/no)
  • date
  • datetime
  • decimal
  • document
  • email
  • image
  • integer
  • lov (list of values)
  • money
  • text
  • textmultiline
  • time
  • url
required Determines if the field is required for saving.
readonly Prevents field modification.
inMany Determines if the field is present (by default) in lists of records.

Notes: More field properties (unique, min, max, minLength, maxLength...) will be added later.

Sample model

Here is a model for a To-Do app.

module.exports = {
    id: "todo",
    table: "task",
    titleField: "title",
    searchFields: ["title", "duedate", "description"],
    fields: [
            id: "title", 
            column: "title", 
            type: "text", 
            required: true, 
            inMany: true
            id: "duedate", 
            column: "duedate", 
            type: "date", 
            inMany: true
            id: "category", 
            column: "category_id", 
            type: "lov", 
            lovtable: "task_category",
            inMany: true
            id: "priority", 
            column: "priority_id", 
            type: "lov", 
            lovtable: "task_priority", 
            required: true, 
            inMany: true
            id: "complete", 
            column: "complete", 
            type: "boolean", 
            inMany: true
            id: "description", 
            column: "description", 
            type: "textmultiline"


Evolutility-Server-Node provides a generic RESTful API for CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) and more. It is a partial server-side Javascript implementation of PostgREST using Node.js, Express and PostgreSQL.

When running Evolutility-Server-Node locally, the url for the "todo" app is http://localhost:3000/api/v1/evolutility/todo.

Requesting Information

Get One

To get a specific record by ID, use "< ObjectName >/ID".

GET /<object>/<id>
GET /todo/12

Get Many

Every model is exposed. You can query lists of items by using the model ID.

GET /<object>
GET /todo


You can filter result rows by adding conditions on fields, each condition is a query string parameter.

GET /<object>/<>=<operator>.<value>
GET /todo?title=sw.a
GET /todo?priority=in.1,2,3

Adding multiple parameters conjoins the conditions:


These operators are available:

Operator Meaning Example
eq equals /todo?category=eq.1
gt greater than /todo?duedate=gt.2017-01-15
lt less than /todo?duedate=lt.2017-01-15
gte less than or equal /todo?duedate=gte.2017-01-15
lte less than or equal /todo?duedate=lte.2017-01-15
ct contains /todo?title=ct.e
sw start with /todo?title=sw.a
fw finishes with /todo?title=fw.z
in one of a list of values /todo?priority=in.1,2,3
0 is false or null /todo?complete=0
1 is true /todo?complete=1
null is null /todo?category=null
nn is not null /todo?category==nn


The reserved word "order" reorders the response rows. It uses a comma-separated list of fields and directions:

GET /<object>?order=<>.<asc/desc>
GET /todo?order=priority.desc,title.asc

If no direction is specified it defaults to ascending order:

GET /todo?order=duedate

Limiting and Pagination

The reserved words "page" and "pageSize" limits the response rows.

GET /<object>?page=<pageindex>&pageSize=<pagesize>
GET /todo?page=0&pageSize=50


By default all APIs return data in JSON format. This API call allows to request data in CSV format (export to Excel). This feature is using express-csv.

GET /<object>?format=csv
GET /todo?format=csv

Notes: In the returned data every object has an extra property "_full_count" which indicate the total number of records in the query (before limit).

Updating Data

Record Creation

To create a row in a database table post a JSON object whose keys are the names of the columns you would like to create. Missing keys will be set to default values when applicable.

POST /todo
{ title: 'Finish testing', priority: 2}


PATCH /todo
{ title: 'Finish testing', priority: 2}


Simply use the DELETE verb with the id of the record to remove.

DELETE /<object>/<id>
DELETE /todo/5

Extras endpoints

In addition to CRUD, Evolutility-Server-Node provides endpoints for Charts and Lists of values.


For charts data, it is possible to get aggregated data.

GET /<object>/chart/<field id>
GET /todo/chart/category

Lists of Values

Dropdown fields in the UI (field.type="lov" in the model) have a REST endpoint to get the list of values for dropdowns.

GET /<object>/lov/<field id>
GET /todo/lov/category

File upload

This endpoint lets you upload a file. The current (naive) implementation only saves the file on the file server in a folder named like the object id.

POST /<object>/upload/<id>
POST /comics/upload/5

With Query parameters: file and "fieldid".


Copyright (c) 2017 Olivier Giulieri.

Evolutility-Server-Node is released under the MIT license.