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nor-app -- Hypermedia App Server

nor-app provides a HTTP interface in to a nor-nopg database -- which provides noSQL features in a PostgreSQL database server.


  • Web based UI to maintain document types with JSON Schema
  • Web interface to create, search, edit and delete documents
  • Maintains a hypermedia JSON REST API for the data

See also

  • nopg -- Shell scripting CLI for nor-nopg




Installing globally

Install nor-nopg:

npm install -g nor-nopg

Install nor-app:

npm install -g nor-app

Creating a database

Create a PostgreSQL database with these extensions:


Set your database configurations into a PGCONFIG environment variable:

export PGCONFIG='postgres://app:password@localhost/app'

Setting name and port

Name your application (default name is nor-app):

export APPNAME='myapp'

You can also change your application port (default port is 3000):

export PORT='8080'

Initializing NoPG

nor-nopg init

Start the server

nor-app start

Check the logs at ~/.nor-app/logs/myapp/.

If there's any problems, just create an issue.

Create admin user

nor-app-useradd --email=''

Write down the password, you need it to login :)

Installing as a dependency

You may want to use nor-app as a dependency instead of a global command.

Create a directory for your project and initialize NPM there:

mkdir myapp
cd myapp
npm init
npm install --save nor-nopg
npm install --save nor-app

...then edit scripts section in your ./package.json to look like this:

  "scripts": {
    "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1",
    "init": "nor-nopg init",
    "start": "nor-app start",
    "stop": "nor-app stop"

After that, you can initialize the NoPg database with a command npm run init instead of nor-nopg init and start the server simply with a command npm start and stop it npm stop.

After installation

Open your browser at http://localhost:3000 and login

... and design your database in the browser...

... and access REST interface from: http://localhost:3000/api/


If something doesn't work, check log files at ~/.nor-app/logs/myapp/.

Testing API

We recommend using jsonview when working in Google Chrome.

Testing API with curl

We also have a curl wrapper ./tools/curl which makes it easier to work with our API.

Easiest way to get a cookie is from logged in session using Google Chrome's inspector.

Copy the value of connect.sid:

npm config set nor-app:curl_cookie 'connect.sid=your-value-here'

Then you can use the api:

./tools/curl http://localhost:3000/api/