leveldb inside a service


reusable leveldb server

tacodb wraps leveldbs in a server such that it would be possible to create a hosted service with it, that can be connected to via http and WebSockets.

You database is configured by writing a .js file, which is then bundled (a la browserify) and sent to the tacodb server via http.

start by installing tacodb

more examples

npm install -g tacodb

Then, create an customization file

//creat a static http style interface to leveldb. 
var static = require('level-static')
module.exports = function (db) {
  db.on('http_connection', static(db))

start the server locally.

tacodb local db.js --port 8080
echo hello | curl -sSNT . -X PUT http://localhost:8080/greeting 
curl http://localhost:8080/greeting 

Create a database customization file... This will expose an http interface, that can store files inside leveldb.

var static = require('level-static')
module.exports = function (db) {
  db.on('http_connection', static(db))
>tacodb local static.js --name static
listening on 8000

This starts a tacodb server running around your db.js file.

#http PUT hi = HELLO 
echo 'HELLO!' | curl -sSNT . localhost:8000/hi
#http GET hi 
curl localhost:8000/hi

level-static extend the simple http example, so that we can track changes as they occur.

var static   = require('level-static')
var through  = require('through')
var route    = require('tiny-route')
var live     = require('level-live-stream')
var stack    = require('stack')
module.exports = function (db) {
  //level-static creates a http handling middleware around leveldb. 
  db.on('http_connection', stack(
    route.get('/_changes', function (reqres) {
        .pipe(through(function (data) {
          this.queue(JSON.stringify(data) + '\n')
tacodb local ./index.js --name changes

Then, connect and stream changes like this:

curl localhost:8000/_changes

Then in another terminal:

echo 'Hi!' | curl -sSNT . localhost:8000/hi
echo 'whats up?' | curl -sSNT . localhost:8000/wazzup
echo 'Good Bye!' | curl -sSNT . localhost:8000/bye

Create a streaming connection with websockets!

var multilevel = require('multilevel')
var fs         = require('fs')
var index
try {
  index = fs.readFileSync(__dirname + '/index.html','utf8')
} catch (err) {
  console.error("run `npm run build` to generate the html file")
  throw err
module.exports = function (db) {
  db.on('http_connection', function (reqres) {
  db.on('connection', function (stream) {
var multilevel = require('multilevel')
var reconnect  = require('reconnect/sock')
//This client works from both the browser and in node! 
//WebSockets everywhere! 
//use `npm run build` to generate the index.html file. 
var node = process.title != 'browser'
var log = (node ? console.log :
  function () {
    var data = [].slice.call(arguments).map(function (e) {
      return JSON.stringify(e, null, 2)
    }).join(' ')
    var pre = document.createElement('pre')
    pre.innerText = data
reconnect(function(stream) {
  var db = multilevel.client()
  setInterval(function () {
    db.put('hi', new Date(), function (err) {
      if(err) return console.error(err)
      db.get('hi', function (errvalue) {
        if(err) return console.error(err)
        log('GET', 'hi', value)
  }, 1000)
}).connect(node ? 'http://localhost:8000/ws/ws' : '/ws/ws')
//^ on the browser, this assumes you are on the same host as window.location... 

this client can be used from both the browser and node.js!

start the server

tacodb local server.js --name ws

connect from node:

node client.js

or from the browser