anyFetch hydratation api wrapper for Node.js
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AnyFetch hydrater

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This library allows you to create a hydrater server from a single function. Taking an optional file path and initial data, it should return improved or augmented data.

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To understand the role of "hydraters", read the dedicated documentation page.


In path/to/my/function.js:

'use strict';

 * Hydration function, to add metadata to the document
 * @param {String} filePath Path to the file from which hydrate, downloaded for you on the filesystem (or null if no file)
 * @param {Object} document Data currently known (from previous hydraters, or from providers). Always includes `document_type`, `metadata`, `data` and `actions` keys.
 * @param {Object} changes Convenience object provided with empty keys `document_type`, `metadata`, `data` and `actions`. Add your changes in there.
 * @param {Function} cb(err, changes) Call this with an error if any, or pass your changes as second parameter.
module.exports = function myHydrationFunction(path, document, changes, cb)
  // Extract interesting stuff from the file or the document...
  // Improve the document...

  cb(err, changes);

And then:

'use strict';

var anyfetchHydrater = require('anyfetch-hydrater');

var config = {
  'hydrater_function': 'absolute/path/to/my/function.js',
  'appName': 'Name of your application that will be used in the redis queue',
  'redisUrl': 'Url of the redis server. If it is not set, it will use localhost on the default port'

var hydrationServer = anyfetchHydrater.createServer(config);

You're all set! Your server is running on port 8000. Access /hydrate with a standard AnyFetch POST request to start hydrating your file.

POST <your_hydrater_server_url>/hydrate
    file_path: <url-file-to-hydrate>
    callback: <url-to-ping>
    document: {base document}

In some cases, you may want to bypass the lib and send the result yourself. The property cb.callbackUrl tells you where to send the data back to the client. After having sent the data, call cb(null, null) without any error or document. This will finalize hydration, clean the file and start the next task.

Optional parameters

createServer() takes an object hash for argument. hydrater_function is mandatory, optional values includes:

  • concurrency: max number of simultaneous calls to your hydrater function (default: 1). One child process per concurrency will spawn.
  • opbeat: an object used for opbeat notifications. It must have organizationId, appId and secretToken keys.
  • forbiddenPorts: a list of TCP ports (string) to deny. It is useful for security reasons when the hydrater is hosted with others process on the same machine. A hacker could set '' as file_path and get some valuable data.


You may use require('anyfetch-hydrater').HydrationError as a special error to inform the hydration was unable to complete, and should not be tried again:

var myHydrationFunction = function(filePath, document, cb) {
  // Do stuff with the file or the document...
  cb(new anyfetchHydrater.HydrationError("Corrupted file"));

For other (transient) errors, use standard Error objects.

Optional env variables

  • TIMEOUT in ms. Time to hydrate a file. After this, the process will stop the file hydration and the next file will be hydrated. Default: 60 sec.