node package manager

shipit

This module allows you to connect to many shipping carriers like UPS and FedEx and download tracking data for your packages in a common schema

shipit is a node module that allows you to retrieve data from shipping carriers like UPS and FedEx in a common format. It interfaces with tracking APIs when available, and falls back to screen scraping. For carriers that expose tracking APIs, user is expected to acquire and provide credentials like license numbers, meter numbers, user IDs and passwords.

Really, why do users have to know that a tracking number was provided by a particular carrier. That step is just totally unnecessary, given that we can guess the carrier from the tracking number in 90% of the cases. shipit provides a convenience function for this.

There's a Heroku hobby app that allows you to see shipit in action. For example, try this:

http://shipit-api.herokuapp.com/api/carriers/ups/1ZV5E9420444964064

And replace ups with a canonical name for any of the supported carriers, and provide a valid tracking number for that carrier.

Or try this, to detect the carrier(s) associated with a tracking number:

http://shipit-api.herokuapp.com/api/guess/1ZV5E9420444964064

Note: shipit-api Heroku app is not meant for production use, and there are no guarantees included here, regarding it's availability, or up-time. It is only meant as a preview for the shipit node module.

  • UPS
  • FedEx
  • FedEx Smartpost
  • USPS
  • Canada Post
  • DHL
  • UPS Mail Innovations
  • DHL Global Mail
  • LaserShip
  • OnTrac
  • Amazon
  • A1 International
  • Prestige

Add shipit to your package.json and then npm install it.

npm install shipit

Use it to initialize the shipper clients with your account credentials.

{
  UpsClient,
  FedexClient,
  UspsClient,
  DhlClient,
  LasershipClient,
  OnTracClient,
  UpsMiClient,
  DhlGmClient,
  CanadaPostClient,
  AmazonClient,
  PrestigeClient
} = require 'shipit'
 
ups = new UpsClient
  licenseNumber: '1C999A999B999999'
  userId: 'shipit-user'
  password: 'shhh-secret'
 
fedex = new FedexClient
  key: 'xyxyxyxyabababab'
  password: 'asdfawasfdasdfasdf1'
  account: '123456789'
  meter: '99999999'
 
usps = new UspsClient
  userId: '590XABCR3210'
  clientIp: '10.5.5.1'
 
lsClient = new LasershipClient()
 
dhlClient = new DhlClient
  userId: 'SHIPI_79999'
  password: 'shipit'
 
dhlgmClient = new DhlGmClient()
 
canadaPostClient: new CanadaPostClient
  username: 'maple-leafs'
  password: 'zamboni'
 
onTrac = new OnTracClient()
 
upsmi = new UpsMiClient()
 
amazonClient = new AmazonClient()
 
prestige = new PrestigeClient()

Use an initialized client to request tracking data.

ups.requestData {trackingNumber: '1Z1234567890123456'}(err, result) ->
  console.log "[ERROR] error retrieving tracking data #{err}" if err?
  console.log "[DEBUG] new tracking data received #{JSON.stringify(result)}" if result?

You can use the Amazon client to query status of an item by its order ID and shipment ID (packageIndex defaults to 1 - shipit does not yet support multiple shipments per order).

orderID = '106-9151392-7203433'
orderingShipmentId = 'DmZd0KS8k'
amazonClient.requestData {orderIDorderingShipmentId}(err, result) ->
  console.log "[ERROR] error retrieving tracking data #{err}" if err?
  console.log "[DEBUG] new tracking data received #{JSON.stringify(result)}" if result?

Note that orderId and shipmentId can be found in the URL embedded in the "Track your package" yellow button. Here's the format of that URL:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/shiptrack/view.html
/ref=pe_385040_121528360_TE_SIMP_typ?ie=UTF8
&orderID={orderID}
&orderingShipmentId={orderingShipmentId}
&packageId=1

Example response returned:

{
    "status": 2,
    "activities": [
        {
            "location": "Memphis, TN 38118",
            "timestamp": "2014-02-16T22:19:00.000Z",
            "details": "Departed FedEx location"
        },
        {
            "location": "East Hanover, NJ 07936",
            "timestamp": "2014-02-15T23:57:00.000Z",
            "details": "Left FedEx origin facility"
        },
        {
            "location": "East Hanover, NJ 07936",
            "timestamp": "2014-02-15T15:57:00.000Z",
            "details": "Picked up"
        }
    ],
    "weight": "0.2 LB",
    "service": "FedEx Priority Overnight",
    "eta": "2014-02-17T15:30:00.000Z",
    "destination": "US",
    "request": {
      "trackingNumber": "9400110200881269505160"
    }
}

There's usually only one carrier that matches a tracking number (UPS is the only carrier that uses '1Z' prefix for its tracking numbers), but there are several cases, where there are multiple matches. For example, FedEx uses a service called SmartPost, where it relies on USPS to deliver the package at the last mile. In such cases, FedEx provides tracking through most of the package's journey, and then USPS either takes over, or provides duplicate tracking in the last leg. The tracking number used is the same between the two carriers. Similar situation with UPS Mail Innovations as well. Therefore, the guessCarrier() function returns an array, and we leave it up to the user to decide manually or through other automated means which carrier is the real one or provides more accurate tracking.

{guessCarrier} = require 'shipit'
possibleCarriers = guessCarrier '1Z6V86420323794365'
[ 'ups' ]
possibleCarriers = guessCarrier '9274899992136003821767'
[ 'fedex''usps' ]
possibleCarriers = guessCarrier 'EC207920162US'
[ 'usps' ]

Clone this repo (or first fork it)

git clone git@github.com:sailrish/shipit.git

Install dependencies

npm install

Just use grunt.

$ grunt
 
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  182 passing (347ms)
 
 
Done, without errors.
  • Extend the common class ShipperClient
  • Implement necessary methods
    • generateRequest(trk, reference)
    • requestOptions({trk, reference})
    • validateResponse(response, cb)

Copyright © 2016 Rishi Arora

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files, but excluding the shipit-api Heroku app mentioned above (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

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  1. Matthew Cowan for his work on integrating with the new DHL XML-PI interface.
  2. Nick Desaulniers for his blog on how to build a node module. This article talks about everything you need to know - using grunt to set up test tasks, using mocha and chai for testing, and how to npm publish, etc.