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Web server that can spawn services


$ npm install -g webservices


node-webservices -d /usr/local/services/ -p 8080


  • -d, --directory: Directory where the services are located (default: ./services)
  • -p, --port: HTTP port for the server (default: 8080)
  • -c, --config: Optional JSON file where to find the config.


Webservice development

Each folder located in directory is supposed to be a Node.js package. It must have an index.js entrypoint or a package.json file with a main property.
For now, you have to npm install the eventual dependencies in each webservice directory.

The webservice module must implement a run method that returns a yieldable. Under the hood, co is used so any type supported by co can be returned.
The method will be called for each request to the webservice with a message.

The message has the following properties (example call : http://localhost/services/myservice/a/b?x=0):

  • url: URL of the webservice, as used by the client (http://localhost/services/myservice/)
  • path: Array of path elements starting after the service name (['a', 'b'])
  • query: Query string parsed as a map ({x: '0'})
  • body: If the request has a body, it will be in this property (parsed with koa-body)

The service can return two kinds of data:

  • a string: Will be sent as is to the client with a 200 code.
  • an object with the following properties:
  • content: string or JSON, full response content
  • file: path to a file from which the response content must be read
  • contenttype or mimetype: sets the Content-Type header to this value
  • filename: sets a Content-Disposition header of type attachment with the provided filename
  • status: custom status code
  • headers: object with custom headers

The service can optionally implement an init method. It has to return a yieldable as well and will be executed once on the first request.

Special paths

/_reload: Reload all services
/_reload/:serviceName: Reload specific service