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an MVC framework for Node


Sane defaults and a simple structure, scaling as your application grows.

Matador is a clean, organized framework for Node.js architected to suit MVC enthusiasts. It gives you a well-defined development environment with flexible routing, easy controller mappings, and basic request filtering. It’s built on open source libraries such as SoyNode for view rendering, and connect.js to give a bundle of other Node server related helpers.


$ npm install matador -g
$ matador init my-app
$ cd my-app && npm install matador
$ node server.js

Dancing with the Bulls

// app/config/routes.js 
'/hello/:name': { 'get': 'Home.hello' }
// app/controllers/HomeController.js 
hello: function (request, response, name) {
  response.send('hello ' + name)

Uses SoyNode to render Closure Templates.

// app/controllers/HomeController.js 
this.render(response, 'index', {
  title: 'Hello Bull Fighters'
<!-- app/views/ -->
{namespace views.layout}
 * Renders the index page.
 * @param title Title of the page.
{template .layout autoescape="contextual"}
  <!DOCTYPE html>
      <meta http-equiv='Content-type' content='text/html; charset=utf-8'>
      <link rel='stylesheet' href='/css/main.css' type='text/css'>
      {$ij.bodyHtml |noAutoescape}
{namespace views.index}
 * Renders a welcome message.
 * @param title Title of the page
{template .welcome}
  <h1>Welcome to {$title}</h1>
  (rendered with Closure Templates)

The app/config/routes.js file is where you specify an array of tuples indicating where incoming requests will map to a controller and the appropriate method. If no action is specified, it defaults to 'index' as illustrated below:

module.exports = function (app) {
  return {
    '/': 'Home' // maps to ./HomeController.js => index 
  , '/admin': '' // maps to ./admin/AdminController.js => show 

You can also specify method names to routes:

module.exports = function (app) {
  return {
    '/posts': {
      'get': 'Posts.index', // maps to PostsController.js => #index 
      'post': 'Posts.create' // maps to PostsController.js => #create 

By default, Models are thin with just a Base and Application Model in place. You can give them some meat, for example, and embed Mongo Schemas. See the following as a brief illustration:

// app/models/ApplicationModel.js 
module.exports = function (app, config) {
  var BaseModel = app.getModel('Base', true)
  function ApplicationModel() {
    this.mongo = require('mongodb')
    this.mongoose = require('mongoose')
    this.Schema = this.mongoose.Schema
  util.inherits(ApplicationModel, BaseModel)
  return ApplicationModel

Then create, for example, a UserModel.js that extended it...

module.exports = function (app, config) {
  var ApplicationModel = app.getModel('Application', true)
  function UserModel() {
    this.DBModel = this.mongoose.model('User', new this.Schema({
        name: { type: String, required: true, trim: true }
      , email: { type: String, required: true, lowercase: true, trim: true }
  util.inherits(UserModel, ApplicationModel)
  return DBModel
  UserModel.prototype.create = function (name, email, callback) {
    var user = new this.DBModel({
        name: name
      , email: email
  UserModel.prototype.find = function (id, callback) {
    this.DBModel.findById(id, callback)

This provides a proper abstraction between controller logic and how your models interact with a database then return data back to controllers.

Take special note that models do not have access to requests or responses, as they rightfully shouldn't.

Matador uses the default node inheritance patterns via util.inherits.


$ matador controller [name]
$ matador model [name]

Contributing & Development

Questions, pull requests, bug reports are all welcome. Submit them here on Github. When submitting pull requests, please run through the linter to conform to the framework style

$ npm install -d
$ npm run-script lint


Obviously, Dustin Senos & Dustin Diaz


Copyright 2012 Obvious Corporation

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0: