parse-server

An express module providing a Parse-compatible API server

A Parse.com API compatible router package for Express

Read the announcement blog post here: http://blog.parse.com/announcements/introducing-parse-server-and-the-database-migration-tool/

Read the migration guide here: https://parse.com/docs/server/guide#migrating

There is a development wiki here on GitHub: https://github.com/ParsePlatform/parse-server/wiki

We also have an example project using the parse-server module on Express.


  • databaseURI (required) - The connection string for your database, i.e. mongodb://user:pass@host.com/dbname
  • appId (required) - The application id to host with this server instance
  • masterKey (required) - The master key to use for overriding ACL security
  • cloud - The absolute path to your cloud code main.js file
  • fileKey - For migrated apps, this is necessary to provide access to files already hosted on Parse.
  • facebookAppIds - An array of valid Facebook application IDs.
  • serverURL - URL which will be used by Cloud Code functions to make requests against.
  • push - Configuration options for APNS and GCM push. See the wiki entry.

The client keys used with Parse are no longer necessary with parse-server. If you wish to still require them, perhaps to be able to refuse access to older clients, you can set the keys at initialization time. Setting any of these keys will require all requests to provide one of the configured keys.

  • clientKey
  • javascriptKey
  • restAPIKey
  • dotNetKey
  • filesAdapter - The default behavior (GridStore) can be changed by creating an adapter class (see FilesAdapter.js)
  • databaseAdapter (unfinished) - The backing store can be changed by creating an adapter class (see DatabaseAdapter.js)

You can create an instance of ParseServer, and mount it on a new or existing Express website:

var express = require('express');
var ParseServer = require('parse-server').ParseServer;
 
var app = express();
 
var port = process.env.PORT || 1337;
 
// Specify the connection string for your mongodb database 
// and the location to your Parse cloud code 
var api = new ParseServer({
  databaseURI: 'mongodb://localhost:27017/dev',
  cloud: '/home/myApp/cloud/main.js', // Provide an absolute path 
  appId: 'myAppId',
  masterKey: '', //Add your master key here. Keep it secret! 
  fileKey: 'optionalFileKey',
  serverURL: 'http://localhost:' + port + '/parse' // Don't forget to change to https if needed 
});
 
// Serve the Parse API on the /parse URL prefix 
app.use('/parse', api);
 
// Hello world 
app.get('/', function(reqres) {
  res.status(200).send('Express is running here.');
});
 
app.listen(port, function() {
  console.log('parse-server-example running on port ' + port + '.');
});
 

You can configure the Parse Server with environment variables:

PARSE_SERVER_DATABASE_URI
PARSE_SERVER_CLOUD_CODE_MAIN
PARSE_SERVER_COLLECTION_PREFIX
PARSE_SERVER_APPLICATION_ID // required 
PARSE_SERVER_CLIENT_KEY 
PARSE_SERVER_REST_API_KEY
PARSE_SERVER_DOTNET_KEY
PARSE_SERVER_JAVASCRIPT_KEY
PARSE_SERVER_DOTNET_KEY
PARSE_SERVER_MASTER_KEY // required 
PARSE_SERVER_FILE_KEY
PARSE_SERVER_FACEBOOK_APP_IDS // string of comma separated list 
 

Alernatively, you can use the PARSE_SERVER_OPTIONS environment variable set to the JSON of your configuration (see Usage).

To start the server, just run npm start.

You can install parse-server globally

$ npm install -g parse-server

Now you can just run $ parse-server from your command line.

  • CRUD operations
  • Schema validation
  • Pointers
  • Users, including Facebook login and anonymous users
  • Files
  • Push Notifications - See the wiki entry.
  • Installations
  • Sessions
  • Geopoints
  • Roles
  • Class-level Permissions (see below)

Parse server does not include a web-based dashboard, which is where class-level permissions have always been configured. If you migrate an app from Parse, you'll see the format for CLPs in the SCHEMA collection. There is also a setPermissions method on the Schema class, which you can see used in the unit-tests in Schema.spec.js You can also set up an app on Parse, providing the connection string for your mongo database, and continue to use the dashboard on Parse.com.

  • Parse.User.current() or Parse.Cloud.useMasterKey() in cloud code. Instead of Parse.User.current() use request.user and instead of Parse.Cloud.useMasterKey() pass useMasterKey: true to each query. To make queries and writes as a specific user within Cloud Code, you need the user's session token, which is available in request.user.getSessionToken().