Connects to a Joomla database and session

Joomla module for Node.js

This module assumes you have an existing Joomla installation and wish to connect to it. The constructor takes either a path to the root of the Joomla installation, or a JavaScript object literal with the configuration details. When the module connects to the database, it executes the callback function you pass in.

Using npm:

npm install joomla

You can also clone this repository into your node_modules directory.

var joomla = require('joomla');

var joomla = require('joomla');

    db: 'test_joomla_node',
    user: 'root',
    host: 'localhost',
    password: ''

Once connected to the site, you can authenticate against the Joomla database using the request cookies. Here's an example using Connect, assuming a pre-connected joomla object:

var connect = require('connect');

connect.createServer(connect.cookieParser(), function (req, res, next) {

  joomla.auth_cookies(req.cookies, function  (result) {
    res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});

    if (result !== undefined) {
      res.end(result.username + ' ' + result.userid);
    } else {
      res.end('no session');

}).listen(8080, "localhost");

You can also use the db.query function to make queries against the database:

joomla.db.query('SELECT * FROM #__users', function  (results) {
res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});

for (var i=0; i < results.length; i++) {
  var row = results[i];

  res.end(row.username + "\n");


The #__ prefix is automatically converted to the prefix set in your Joomla configuration.