A lean and mean realtime api server

pico-server ===========

A lean and mean realtime api server


  • mean in functionality for api server and api server only, create an api server by a config file and app sepcific api and model scripts
  • lean in process, request parsing, action routing, session handling, data loss management, logging and response rendering all in one file
  • app level database transaction
  • action and model separation to promote code reuse
  • data cache to prevent data lost
  • unique protocol design for data channel and handle large json data without unnessary parsing and stringify
  • efficent user session handling, session only persistence when pull channel dc
  • supported chained requests
  • two channel design, push and pull channel to achieve fast and realtime http server (WIP)


  1. mkdir [PROJ_DIR]
  2. cd [PROJ_DIR]
  3. sudo npm install pico-server -g
  4. npm link pico-server
  5. mkdir app # all your server code should goes here

Create a Hello World Server

  1. mkdir -p app/config app/actions # create minimal project folders
  2. touch app/config/master.json app/config/worker.json
  3. paste this to your master.json
        "name": "YOUR_PROJECT_NAME",
        "env": "dev",
        "elements": []
        "config": "config/worker",
  1. paste this to your worker.json
        "name": "YOUR_PROJECT_NAME",
        "env": "dev",
        "elements": ["actions"]
  1. vi app/index.js # create server entry point
var pico = require('pico-server');
// pico.createApp('/var/nodes/YOUR_PROJ_DIR/app', 'config/master');
pico.createApp('PATH/TO/APP/', 'CONFIG/PATH');
  1. vi app/actions/index.js
module.exports = [
  1. vi app/actions/foobar.js
function hello(session, order, cb){
    var model = session.getModel('foobar');
    model['me'] = 'world';
        [[session.createModelInfo('foobar', 'me')]]
exports.setup = function(context, next){
    var web = context.webServer;
    web.route('Hello', [hello]);
  1. run the server in YOUR_PROJ_DIR
node app
  1. run following curl command on your local machine
curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '[{"api":"Hello","reqId":1,"data":""}]' http://YOUR_SERVER_IP:5678/pull


pico server has two types of configuration files, master process configuration and worker process configuration. every pico server must has one master process and zero to unlimited numbers of worker processes. ##Web Server Config

  • webServer: module instance name, compulsary but name can be any
  • mod: module name, compulsary, must use "web" for web server
  • pfx: ssl cert path relative to app folder, if available, https protocol will be used
  • allowOrigin: cross origin policy, if not not available, allowOrigin is set to *
  • secretKey: request hash key, optional, if not available, request hash will not be checked
  • cullAge: request time check, optional, if not available, +- 1 hour allowanceis given
  • delimiter: for client without ajax, delimiter can be added to separate response, optional
  • uploadWL: upload white list, api not in this list will be culled