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Needs maintainer, or friend with motivation!

I've been busy a lot with work -- and this project while very small has still managed to generate some attention, the problem? A couple years ago I got tricked into thinking I'd found a new, better version of JavaScript, CoffeeScript, I was wrong. There's many optimizations I see now that I should have made then... So, well this project has become something of an eye sore for me and I would either like someone else who has the free time to take on this project or someone whose interested in working on a refactor with me.

restify-nedb (for nedb)

restify-nedb was built to give you restful api resources for client side application frameworks like angular.js, ember.js, backbone.js or knockout.js as well as give you a simple file/memory based cache utilizing nedb. (ps, i love nedb, you should too.) If you haven't already checked it out, maybe you want to use it separate of all of this extra stuff, do it. It's like sqlite, with a subset of mongodb's api. Really neat.


  • Super fast nedb file/memory backed cache w/ simple garbage collection
  • 100% coffeescript, hate it or love it
  • restful routing: GET, POST, PUT, DELETE
  • parses json/multi-part
  • Let me know if you have any issues, please open issues/prs etc, it's a lot more fun that way


npm install restify-nedb --save


var express = require('express');
var app = express();
var server = require('http').createServer(app);
app.set('port', 1337);
var restify = require('restify-nedb').mount;
var config = require('restify-nedb').config;
var path = require('path');
// some sample middlware to throw at it 
var sampleMiddleware = function (req, res, next) {
  console.log('here\'s a sample middleware...');
  return next();
// default config options 
var opts = {
  filePath: path.join(__dirname,'db','filestore.db'),
  maxAge: 1000 * 60 * 60,
  prefix: '/session',
  middleware: [sampleMiddleware]
// initialize our config object 
cfg = new config(opts);
// if you aren't already using an nedb 
// instance, then calling this will create 
// one for you. 
// accepts sync/blocking 
// cfg.makeDataStore(); 
// api = new restify(cfg, app); 
// or async <3 
cfg.makeDataStore(function(err, ds_cfg) {
  if (!err) {
    api = new restify(ds_cfg, app);
server.listen(app.get('port'), function () {
  console.log('restify-nedb example listening on %s', app.get('port'));

Configuration Options

Options Defaults Type Infos
ds internal DataStore allow for outside nedb processes to be restified. tip: config.ds() returns a new DataStore with whatever your opts are set to, once it's fired it will internalize and share
prefix /ds String defines the first route path, for instance http://localhost:3000/ds
version /v1 String not preferred, as a rule i feel these aren't the best idea for your api, last thing you want is fragmentation in your api
exclude [] Array excludes keys/values from the api, good for things like password
middleware [] Array middlewares, ie passport authentication, logging, analytics
memoryStore false Boolean whether or not keep an in-memory store or a file based persistant store, defaults to false, we like persistant files.
fileName nedb-filestore.db String file name for your nedb filestore
filePath ../db String bit easier to change the path and view the contents instead of digging through node_modules
maxAge 1000 * 60 * 60 Number if set to null or false automated gc will be disabled
store undefined String not currently working - will allow for multiple nedb collections, still working out the kinks.


config.makeDataStore(err?, callback?)

  • accepts either sync/async flow, if you don't have an nedb instance going, use this to create one -- otherwise pass it into your options object.



GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?limit=20
  • if (limit=20) then it will only return 20 objects, etc.


GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?skip=10
  • skip fields, good for paging


GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?sort=val
  • sort doc in ascending


GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?sort=-val
  • sort doc in descending order

Query / Searching


GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?key=value
  • queries matching key/values


GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1
POST http://localhost:3000/session/v1
GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1/:id
PUT http://localhost:3000/session/v1/:id
DELETE http://localhost:3000/session/v1/:id
GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?id=:id
PUT http://localhost:3000/session/v1?id=:id



PUT http://localhost:3000/session/v1/:id?append=true
  • append defaults to false. Set to true to do something similar to findAndUpdate

_stale override

POST / PUT http://localhost:3000/session/v1
  • passing _stale in your body/json will act as an override to stale, say you need some things to last longer/shorter than other cached items


npm test

Cake tools

  • cake build:docs will build annotated source code documentation from docco
  • cake build:coffee will compile coffee from /src to js in /lib



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Copyright (c) 2013 David Higginbotham 
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