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Connect for Commerce Bridge Commons Module

This module contains the common parts required by a Connect for Commerce bridge. All that needs to be provided in addition is the shop-specific implementation in the so called services.

Full examples of how to use this module can be found here.

Further information about how to implement and use a bridge can be found in the official documentation.

For more information about FirstSpirit or Connect for Commerce please use this contact form to get in touch.

How to use

  1. Install the module using npm i fcecom-bridge-commons --save.
  2. Use the module within your bridge's start file, e.g.:
const bridge = BridgeCore({
  username: 'johndoe',
  password: 'password123',
  servicesDir: path.join(process.cwd(), './src/service'),
  port: 3000,
  logLevel: 'INFO',
  features: {
    contentPages: true,
    categoryTree: true
  useSsl: true,
  sslCert: path.join(process.cwd(), './ssl/cert.pem'),
  sslKey: path.join(process.cwd(), './ssl/cert.key')
  1. Add your shop-specific code to the services directory. Make sure to follow the required structure (see below).
  2. Run your bridge's start file. The server will be listening on the configured port. The Swagger UI can be accessed under http://localhost:3000/docs.

You may receive the underlying Express app instance by calling

const app = bridge.getAppInstance();


Property Description Required Default
username The username to use for Basic authentication against the bridge. Yes
password The password to use for Basic authenticaiton against the bridge. Yes
servicesDir The directory that contains the service implementations (absolute). Yes
port The port to start the bridge on. No 3000
logLevel The Log Level for request logging (for possible values see Logging chapter) No INFO
features List of optional features that the bridge supports. See below. No All disabled
useSsl Whether to start the server using the HTTPS protocol. No false
sslCert Path to the certificate file to use when SSL is active. If useSsl is true
sslKey Path to the private key file to use when SSL is active. If useSsl is true


The bridges may or may not support the following features. If the feature is supported, the corresponding HEAD request will return a success. Otherwise it will return an error.

By default, all optional features are assumed to be not supported.

Feature name Description
contentPages The bridge can display content pages and may be able to create, update and delete them.
categoryTree The bridge is able to provide the categories as a nested tree.


The file names of the services need to match the pattern <Controller>Service and provide the methods mentioned below.

If a method returns an object, the property containing an array ([]) will be writted to the response. If it contains total and hasNext, these properties are returned in the response header (X-Total and X-HasNext).

If a method is noted to return { }, the return value will be written as is.


  • async categoriesGet(parentId, lang, page)
    • -> { categories: [], total: number, hasNext: boolean }
  • async categoriesCategoryIdsGet(categoryIds, lang)
    • -> { categories: [] }
  • async categoryTreeGet(parentId, lang) (optional)
    • -> { categorytree: [] }


  • async contentPagesContentIdDelete(contentId, lang)
    • -> { }
  • async contentPagesContentIdPut(body, lang, contentId)
    • -> { }
  • async contentPagesContentIdsGet(contentIds, lang)
    • -> { contentPages: [] }
  • async contentPagesGet(q, lang, page)
    • -> { contentPages: [], total: number, hasNext: boolean }
  • async contentPagesPost(body, lang)
    • -> { }


  • async lookupUrlGet(url)
    • -> { }
  • async storefrontUrlGet(type, id, lang)
    • -> { }


  • async productsGet(categoryId, q, lang, page)
    • -> { products: [], total: number, hasNext: boolean }
  • async productsProductIdsGet(productIds, lang)
    • -> { products: [] }


For logging a createLogger(logLevel) function is provided. The Logger in turn provides several methods corresponding with the log levels, such that it will only Log the input when an appropriate LogLevel is used.

Please note that the LogLevel can also be passed to the config when creating the Express server. This log level determines which http status codes are logged by the express server.

The possible Loglevels, their corresponding methods and the status codes that are logged are listed below.

Value Description method status code
DEBUG enables all logging outputs logDebug() all
INFO enables logging outputs of level Info and below logInfo() <=100
WARNING enables logging outputs of level Warning and below logWarning() <=300
ERROR enables logging outputs of level Error and below logError() <=400
NONE disables all Logging Outputs none

Error Handling

This library handles errors by catching the errors thrown by the services and returning them to the user inside of the response. An error should ideally include some sort of detailed message and a status code to convey the problem that caused this error more clearly. A thrown error should look like the following:

// the error object
const error = {
  data: 'Details about the error (could also be an object i.E the Error response of the Server',
  status: 404 // the error code to be returned by the commons 

// throwing of error
// as a simple error throw
throw error;
// as promise rejection

Parameter validation

Required parameters

Some API endpoints require that certain parameters are existent (e.g. at least one ID when using the /ids/ endpoints). If one if these required parameters is missing, the server will respond with a HTTP 400 error and a message describing what is missing.

Manually validating specific parameters

Because not all shop systems are the same, we cannot determine the required type of certain parameters (e.g. the IDs of categories). Therefore the validation of these parameters has to happen inside the service implementations. To allow a unified behavior in case of an invalid parameter, this module offers functions to parse the values and automatically respond with an HTTP 400 error in case of an invalid input.

const { getNumber } = require('fcecom-bridge-commons');

const categoriesGet = async (parentId, lang, page = 1) => {
    // Will throw a ParameterValidationError that is handled inside this module if "parentId" is not a numeric string
    parentId = parentId && getNumber(parentId, 'parentId');

Error handling POST/PUT

As every shop system provides different error messages for invalid request bodies when creating or updating a page, the errors must be unified in a way the First Spirit Connect for Commerce Module can understand.

Unified Error Object

The First Spirit Connect for Commerce Module can understand the following response body:

  "error": [
      "field": "<field-name>",
      "cause": "<error-cause>",
      "code": "<error-code>"

Error Codes

This module provides error codes which the FirstSpirit Module can understand. Please determine which code is suitable for the error and pass it as described in the following example. The error codes can be imported as follows:

const { ErrorCode } = require('fcecom-bridge-commons');


This module provides the BodyValidationError which accepts an array of errors as error cause. The handler of this error makes the bridge respond with a HTTP 400 error and a response body as described above.

Example to use:

throw new BodyValidationError('Invalid field in body', {
            cause: [
                    field: '<field-name>',
                    cause: '<error-cause>',
                    code: "<error-code>"


In case the shop returns an error or shows unexpected behavior, the bridge should throw a ShopError in order to properly handle the error within the module.

Legal Notices

The Connect for Commerce Bridge Commons module is a product of Crownpeak Technology GmbH, Dortmund, Germany. The Connect for Commerce Bridge Commons module is subject to the Apache-2.0 license.

Details regarding any third-party software products in use but not created by Crownpeak Technology GmbH, as well as the third-party licenses and, if applicable, update information can be found in the file THIRD-PARTY.txt.


This document is provided for information purposes only. Crownpeak may change the contents hereof without notice. This document is not warranted to be error-free, nor subject to any other warranties or conditions, whether expressed orally or implied in law, including implied warranties and conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Crownpeak specifically disclaims any liability with respect to this document and no contractual obligations are formed either directly or indirectly by this document. The technologies, functionality, services, and processes described herein are subject to change without notice.




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