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Integreat JSON api

A rest api for Integreat, supporting JSON and specifically the JSON API standard.

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Getting started


Requires Integreat v0.6 or higher. Node v8.6.


npm install integreat-api-json


integreat-api-json returns an array of general route objects, that may be given to a wrapper module for either Express (integreat-express) or Hapi (integreat-hapi). For other frameworks, either use the general route objects or request a wrapper.

Note: integreat-express has not been implemented yet. Coming soon ...

Example of use with Hapi:

const hapi = require('hapi')
const integreat = require('integreat')
const jsonapi = require('integreat-api-json')
const greatHapi = require('integreat-hapi')

const great = integreat(...)
const options = {...}
const routes = greatHapi(jsonapi(great, options))

const server = new Hapi.Server()
// ... whatever Hapi setup you need

Example of use with Express:

const express = require('express')
const integreat = require('integreat')
const jsonapi = require('integreat-api-json')
const greatExpress = require('integreat-express')

const great = integreat(...)
const options = {...}
const routes = greatExpress(jsonapi(great, options))

const app = express()
// ... whatever Express setup you need

The general route objects looks like this:

const routes = [
  {method: ['GET', 'POST'], path: `/entries`, handler: (request) => { ... }},
  {method: 'GET', path: `/entries/{id}`, handler: (request) => { ... }},
  {method: 'GET', path: `/entries/{id}/author`, handler: (request) => { ... }},
  {method: 'GET', path: `/entries/{id}/relationships/author`, handler: (request) => { ... }},

Path parameters are specified with surrounding curly brackets.

The handlerFunction accepts a request object and returns a response object. Expected request object from a POST request to /entries/ent1/author:

  method: 'POST',
  params: {id: 'ent1'},
  path: '/entries/ent1/author',
  body: {...},
  headers: {...}


integreat-api-json does not configure security on its own. This is instead set up on the Integreat instance, and the json api is simply following its lead.

This will always happen: When a request has an Authentication header with a Bearer value, it will be treated as a JWT token, and the sub property of its payload will be treated as the id of an ident and set on the of the created action. Integreat handles all authorization.

The JWT secret is set as a json api option.

Token endpoint

When Integreat is set up with authentication, you may add a token endpoint will by setting the tokenEndpoint to the uri path you want for the endpoint, e.g. /token. This endpoint follows the OpenId Connect specification (3.1.3), but will also accept a request body in JSON.

Put simple, by sending an authentication code to this endpoint, you receive an auth token that can be used for further requests to the json api as a bearer in the Authorization header.

For this endpoint to work, you need to set up an auth api as an Intgreat source, and provide the source's name in the authSource option to json api. The mapped id retrieved from this source will be used as a token to retrieve an ident from.

Ident endpoint

You may also setup an ident endpoint, that will return the data item corresponding with an authenticated ident. Set the option identEndpoint to the wanted endpoint path, e.g. /ident.

What routes are created?

integreat-api-json will take all datatypes set up on the Integreat instance (great in the examples above), and make several routes for each datatype.

For the following datatype:

  id: 'entry',
  plural: 'entries',
  attributes: {...},
  relationship: {
    author: {type: 'user'}

The following routes will be created:

  • GET /entries
  • GET /entries/{id}
  • GET /entries/{id}/author
  • GET /entries/{id}/relationships/author
  • POST /entries

(POST, PATCH, and DELETE are coming ...)


  • include - Specify routes to include
  • exclude - Specify routes to exclude
  • tokenEndpoint - Name of token endpoint, which is only added when this is set
  • identEndpoint - Name of ident endpoint, which is only added when this is set
  • secret - JWT secret
  • authSource - Name of Integreat source to get ident token from
  • jwtSub - Ident prop to set to sub value from JWT on auth. Default is id
  • baseUri - The canonical uri to base uri generation on

A not on include and exclude: If none of them are set, all possible routes will be generated from the datatypes. When both of them are set, exclude will have the final word, if there are conflicts.

Example options:

  tokenEndpoint: 'auth',
  include: ['entries', 'users'],
  exclude: ['entries/id/author', 'users/id'],
  baseUri: ''

This example will include all routes for entries and users, not including routes from any other datatypes, but will exclude the author endpoint for entries and the member endpoint (id) for users.

In addition, a token endpoint name auth will be created, given that Integreat is set up with authentication.

This means that the following routes will be generated from this example:

  • /entries
  • /entries/{id}
  • /users
  • /auth

For a paginated response, the link to next page will be e.g.

Running the tests

The tests can be run with npm test.




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