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UW Groups Web Service

This implements some of the v2 UW Groups Webservice endpoints. Each endpoint is queried using convienent options to build the final request to GWS.

This module assumes you have gone through all the required steps to gain and verify access as documented in their wiki.


npm install uwgws


First setup a config object to hold variables for your x509 cert and key as well as some optional caching of responses from the service. Cache options are detailed in the micro-cache node module.

let uwgws = require('../../lib/index');
let config = {
  baseUrl:   '',
  cert:      '/home/you/yourcert.pem',
  key:       '/home/you/your.key',
  cacheMode: 'record',
  cachePath: '/home/you/cache/',
  cacheExt:  '.json',
  logLevel:  'info'

Now query for memberships for the desired group name or regid. Set effective: true if you want effective membership, otherwise false or not at all.

let options = {
  effective: true,
  id: 'uw_foster_staff_it_developers_nodegws-test'
let result = await uwgws.membership.get(options);

Using a local cache

The cacheMode can be set to any one of the following modes. This uses the micro-cache node module as a local file system cache.

  • wild: all requests go out to the internet over HTTP, nothing is loaded from cache, and nothing is saved to the cache.
  • dryrun: Loads files from cache if it exists, uses HTTP calls when cache doesn't exist, doesn't save to the cache.
  • record: Loads files from the cache and saves new files to the cache.


This module uses log4js for all logging. Set an environment variable to a valid log level such as LOG_LEVEL=debug node script.js. Alternatively, the log level can be set using the logLevel property of the node-gws config.

Endpoint Implementation

All links below go to the official service documentation. The code block refers to the implemented method in this module.

Fully Supported

All of the uwgws methods return a promise for a result object that contains the following elements:

Return Object Element Meaning
statusCode This element represents the HTTP statusCode of the API response.
xhtml This is the raw response from the server
data This element represents parsed XHTML into JSON when possible for GET requests.
error Boolean value represents the presence or absence of a business logic error. For example, adding an invalid netid to a valid group returns a statusCode of 200 but error = false
message Array of error messages if error is true. There will generally be only one value unless you attempted to add multiple invalid netids to a group. Then each invalid id will generate an item in the message array.

All of the options parameters are outlined in src/modules/[endpoint].

Endpoint Implementation
Membership - Get uwgws.membership.get(options)
Membership - Update uwgws.membership.add(options)
Membership - Delete uwgws.membership.del(options)
Group - Create
Group - Delete
Group - History
Search - Query


git clone
cd node-gws
# create a branch as needed. don't work on master
yarn install
cp test/setup/config-sample.js test/setup/config.js
# put appropriate values in the new config.js
npm test

It is recommended that you use the eval environment ( when developing/testing to avoid making lasting changes. And the search test will occassionaly timeout if you are using prod.

Run npm run lint and fix any errors or warnings before checking in your code.