a very simple riak http client

SimpleRiak is a very simple riak HTTP client. It wraps request and simplifies the calls made to riak as much as possible.


npm install simpleriak

Host, port, and bucket are all optional. Host defaults to localhost and port to 8098. If bucket is present, it sets the default bucket to be used in future calls. If you don't set the bucket here, you must specify it in each call you make. Specifying a bucket in a call always takes precedence over the default.

var riak = require('simpleriak').createClient({ host: 'localhost', port: 8098, bucket: 'test' });

Every function returns the same callback pattern (err, reply).

err will be an Error object if any error is present reply is an object containing the following keys

  • "statusCode" will be the HTTP status code returned from riak
  • "data" will be the body of the HTTP response from riak
  • "headers" is the complete HTTP headers returned from riak
  • "key" when a location header is present, this property will contain the key in the header
riak.getBuckets(function (errreply) {
riak.getKeys({ bucket: 'test2' }, function (errreply) {
riak.getKeys({ index: 'count', start: 5, end: 10 }, function (errreply) {

When using an index, you may either specify a start and end to be used with riak's range finding, or a key which will search for an exact match.

riak.getBucket(function (errreply) {
    console.log(; // gets default bucket properties 
riak.setBucket({ allow_mult: false }, function (errreply) {
    console.log(err); // should be empty for this call 

You can specify any editable property for a bucket.

riak.get({ key: 'test' }, function (errreply) {
    console.log(; // returns { example: 'object' } 
riak.get({ index: 'creator', key: 'me' }, function (errreply) {
    console.log(; // returns ['i put this here'] 

When fetching data by index, the reply data will always be an array. This usage is actually an interface to the MapReduce function (described later) that fetches the keys and uses the Riak.mapValuesJson map phase to return data

riak.put({ data: 'wee, a string!' }, function (errreply) {
    console.log(reply.key); // the key riak created 
riak.put({ key: 'test', data: { example: 'object' } }, function (errreply) {
riak.put({ index: { creator: 'me' }, data: 'i put this here' }, function (errreply) {

You can specify as many indexes as you like, the property name will be the index and its value the key.

riak.del({ key: 'creator' }, function (errreply) {

Note that this function does not work with an index, this is by design. If you need to delete all keys that match an index, use getKeys and iterate the results.

function map(vkeyDataarg) {
    var ret = [],
        index = v.values[0].metadata.index;
    if (index.creator_bin === arg) ret.push(JSON.parse(v.values[0].data));
    return ret;
riak.mapred({ map: { source: map, arg: 'me' } }, function (errreply) {
    console.log(; // ['i put this here'] 

The MapReduce function can take map and reduce phases as either an object (shown above), a string

riak.mapred({ map: 'Riak.mapValuesJson' }, callback);

or a function directly

riak.mapred({ map: map }, callback);

You may specify a bucket, a bucket and key, or a bucket and an index using an exact match or range.

riak.mapred({ bucket: 'test2', map: 'Riak.mapValuesJson' }, callback);
riak.mapred({ key: 'test', map: 'Riak.mapValuesJson' }, callback); // default bucket is used 
riak.mapred({ index: 'creator', key: 'me', map: 'Riak.mapValuesJson' }, callback); (errreply) {
    console.log(; // 'OK' 
riak.stats(function (errreply) {
    console.log(; // full stats object returned from riak 
riak.resources(function (errreply) {
    console.log(; // full resources information from riak