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YANG package manager and runtime engine

yfc is the command utility providing YANG model-driven application lifecycle management.

It provides advanced abstractions on top of yang-cc for richer schema interactions and flexible runtime capabilities such as dynamic interface generation (cli, express, restjson, websockets).

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This module is a special core generated using the yang-cc application core composition library based on yang-forge-core.yang schema.

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It is written primarily using CoffeeScript and runs on Node.js and the web browser.


$ npm install -g yang-forge

You must have node >= 0.10.28 as a minimum requirement to run yang-forge.


  Usage: yfc [options] [command]


    schema [options] [file]     process a specific YANG schema file or string
    build [options] [file...]   package the module(s) for deployment/publishing
    inspect [options] [core]    inspect a given core package file to extract metadata
    run [options] [module...]   runs one or more core(s) and module(s)
    deploy                      deploy core(s) into target endpoint (planned)
    info [options] [core]       shows info about a published core from the registry (planned)
    search [keyword...]         search the registry for cores matching keywords (planned)
    publish [options]           publish package to upstream registry (planned)
    translate [options] [file]  translates input configuration data according to available YANG schema(s) (planned)

  This module provides YANG package management and runtime engine operations


    -h, --help     output usage information
    -V, --version  output the version number
    -v, --verbose  increase verbosity
    --no-color     disable color output

The yfc command-line interface is runtime-generated according to yang-forge-core.yang schema definitions. Please refer to the schema section covering various rpc extension statements and sub-statement definitions for a reference regarding different types of command-line arguments, descriptions, and options processing syntax. The corresponding actions for each of the rpc extensions are dynamically linked by the yang-cc composer by inspecting the lib directory in the package.

For comprehensive usage documentation around various CLI commands, please refer to the YangForge Examples README.


When you encounter errors or issues while utilizing the yfc command line utility, you can set ENVIRONMENTAL variable yang_debug=1 to get complete debug output of the execution log.

$ yang_debug=1 yfc <some-command>

The output generated is very verbose and may or may not assist you in determining the root cause. However, when reporting an issue into the Github repository, it will be helpful to paste a snippet of the debug output for quicker resolution by the project maintainer.

Available YANG features

name description dependency
cli generates command-line interface none
express generates HTTP/HTTPS web server instance none
restjson generates REST/JSON web services interface express
websocket generates interface express

You can click on the name entry above for reference documentation on each feature module.


Here's an example for using this module:

yf = require 'yang-forge' 'express'5050 # fire up express instance on port 5050 'restjson'      # bind restjson interface generator to express 'websocket'     # bind to express 

Since YangForge itself is a YANG schema (yang-forge-core.yang) compiled module, it is simply the Core object instance generated by the yang-cc module.

You can also interact with the yang-forge-core module instance directly to invoke the various RPC methods available.

yf = require 'yang-forge'
forge = yf.access 'yang-forge-core' # grab the yang-forge-core module 
forge.invoke 'build'arguments: [ 'foo.yang''bar.yang' ]
.then (res) ->
  console.log res.get()

The above example will generate a new composition output similarly to what yang-cc produced. For more info on other RPC methods available, take a look at the yang-forge-core.yang schema.

Major changes from prior 0.11.x branch

Please note that the newly designed YangForge no longer contains native interfaces to compiler methods such as parse/load/compile/etc. In order to access previous capabilities, you can consider utilizing the rpc schema interface via the invoke mechanism or just use the underlying yang-js or yang-cc modules directly.

This design change is a result of modularizing the earlier YangForge project into three distinct components:

name description
yang-js YANG parser and compiler
yang-cc YANG model-driven application core composer
yang-forge YANG package manager and runtime engine

Furthermore, previous YAML schema to represent a forged module (with dependencies and behaviors) for a target YANG schema has been superceded by the new composition and specification custom YANG extensions.

Due to potential breaking changes and other considerations, the previous yangforge package has been renamed to yang-forge and the former package will be marked deprecated but preserved for the near future.


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