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2.0 is the current stable Falcor release. 0.x and 1.x users are welcome to upgrade.


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Getting Started

You can check out a working example server for Netflix-like application right now. Alternately, you can go through this barebones tutorial in which we use the Falcor Router to create a Virtual JSON resource. In this tutorial we will use Falcor's express middleware to serve the Virtual JSON resource on an application server at the URL /model.json. We will also host a static web page on the same server which retrieves data from the Virtual JSON resource.

Creating a Virtual JSON Resource

In this example we will use the falcor Router to build a Virtual JSON resource on an app server and host it at /model.json. The JSON resource will contain the following contents:

  "greeting": "Hello World"

Normally, Routers retrieve the data for their Virtual JSON resource from backend datastores or other web services on-demand. However, in this simple tutorial, the Router will simply return static data for a single key.

First we create a folder for our application server.

$ mkdir falcor-app-server
$ cd falcor-app-server
$ npm init

Now we install the falcor Router.

$ npm install falcor-router --save

Then install express and falcor-express. Support for restify is also available, as is support for hapi via a third-party implementation.

$ npm install express --save
$ npm install falcor-express --save

Now we create an index.js file with the following contents:

// index.js
const falcorExpress = require("falcor-express");
const Router = require("falcor-router");

const express = require("express");
const app = express();

    falcorExpress.dataSourceRoute(function (req, res) {
        // create a Virtual JSON resource with single key ('greeting')
        return new Router([
                // match a request for the key 'greeting'
                route: "greeting",
                // respond with a PathValue with the value of 'Hello World.'
                get: () => ({ path: ["greeting"], value: "Hello World" }),

// serve static files from current directory
app.use(express.static(__dirname + "/"));


Now we run the server, which will listen on port 3000 for requests for /model.json.

$ node index.js

Retrieving Data from the Virtual JSON resource

Now that we've built a simple virtual JSON document with a single read-only key greeting, we will create a test web page and retrieve this key from the server.

Create an index.html file with the following contents:

<!-- index.html -->
        <!-- Do _not_  rely on this URL in production. Use only during development.  -->
        <script src="https://netflix.github.io/falcor/build/falcor.browser.js"></script>
        <!-- For production use. -->
        <!-- <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/falcor/{VERSION}/falcor.browser.min.js"></script> -->
            var model = falcor({
                source: new falcor.HttpDataSource("/model.json"),

            // retrieve the "greeting" key from the root of the Virtual JSON resource
            model.get("greeting").then(function (response) {

Now visit http://localhost:3000/index.html and you should see the message retrieved from the server:

Hello World

Steps to publish new version

  • Make pull request with feature/bug fix and tests
  • Merge pull request into master after code review and passing Travis CI checks
  • Run git checkout master to open master branch locally
  • Run git pull to merge latest code, including built dist/ and docs/ by Travis
  • Run npm run dist to build dist/ locally
    • Ensure the built files are not different from those built by Travis CI, hence creating no change to commit
  • Update CHANGELOG with features/bug fixes to be released in the new version and commit
  • Run npm version patch (or minor, major, etc) to create a new git commit and tag
  • Run git push origin master && git push --tags to push code and tags to github
  • Run npm publish to publish the latest version to NPM

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