A modular System-API framework for NodeJS - on top of RestifyJS.
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A modular System-API framework for NodeJS - on top of RestifyJS.

It is written in Coffeescript and compiled .js files are included. You don't need Coffeescript for it to function.

Build Status


  • Authorization (optional bcrypt)
  • CORS
  • HTTP/S (TLS)
  • BodyParser
  • AcceptParser
  • DateParser
  • QueryParser
  • Jsonp
  • GzipResponse
  • Throttle
  • ConditionalRequest
  • Extensive routing
  • Logging (morgan/custom)
  • Plugins (extend your api)
  • Addons (extend sys-api' core)


There are tons of routing-variations!

For example, this is how simple it can be:

api.get('/hello', "Hello World")
#=> {"response":"Hello World"}
api.get('/hello', (router) ->
    router.send("Hello World")
#=> {"response":"Hello World"}
api.get('/hello', (router) ->
    router.res.send("Hello World")
    return router.next()
#=> "Hello World"

OR use an object:

api.get({ url: '/hello' }, "Hello World")
#=> {"response":"Hello World"}

Check the wiki for more: https://github.com/Cloud2Box/sys-api/wiki/Routing


Such as Restify, currently only HTTP Basic Auth and HTTP Signature are supported.

    enabled: true,
    method: 'basic',
    bcrypt: false,
    users: {
        testuser: {
            password: 'testpw'

if bcrypt is enabled, pass an encrypted hash with your route.

CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing)

    enabled: true,
    settings: {
        origins: ['https://foo.com', 'http://bar.com'],  # defaults to ['*']
        credentials: true,  # defaults to false
        headers: ['x-foo']  # sets expose-headers


Sys-API supports HTTP and HTTPS simultaneously.

You don't have to set up things twice. Simply pass a key and certificate property, and the API will handle that for you. Once configured, your API-instance will listen on your specified HTTP and HTTPS port. Port 443 is the default port for HTTPS. If you wish to use any other port, simply pass a second argument to connect().

api = new API({
    restify: {
        key: readFileSync('localhost.key'),
        certificate: readFileSync('localhost.cert')

api.connect(80) #API is going to listen on HTTP(80) and HTTPS(443)

# OR

api.connect(80, 8443) #API is going to listen on HTTP(80) and HTTPS(8443)

If no key/certificate property is available, your API-instance won't listen to HTTPS.


The BodyParser can be enabled with a single option. Everything else is handled for you. Once enabled, you can access the body with obj.req.body in your routes.

Check: https://github.com/Cloud2Box/sys-api/blob/master/examples/test.coffee#L53

    enabled: true

If you want to change more settings, simply pass an object:

    enabled: true,
    settings: {
        maxBodySize: 0,
        mapParams: true,
        mapFiles: false,
        overrideParams: false,
        multipartHandler: function(part) {
            part.on('data', function(data) {
                # do something with the multipart data
        multipartFileHandler: function(part) {
            part.on('data', function(data) {
                #do something with the multipart file data
        keepExtensions: false,
        uploadDir: os.tmpdir(),
        multiples: true
        hash: 'sha1'


As of version 0.2.0 you can create your own plugins. They allow you to extend your API without changing Sys-API's source.

Plugins can also act as middlware:

api = new API({
    'plugins.root' : '/home/plugins'
    'plugins.autoload' : true

api.get('/myplugin/test', api.myplugin.test)


Check out: https://github.com/Cloud2Box/sys-api/wiki/Create-a-plugin

Check out: https://github.com/Cloud2Box/sys-api/wiki/Routing


Core-Addons are bound to the API and core-features. Such as plugins, they can be maintained from within an external file. As of now there are three Core-Addons available (FS, OS, NET) but you can create you own. They can also act as middleware.

Check out the wiki for instructions: https://github.com/Cloud2Box/sys-api/wiki/Create-an-Addon-(core)

Once you've finished your addon, please submit a pull-request. If it's useful, it'll be added.

Demos / Examples:

You should definately check the examples:

Coffeescript: https://github.com/Cloud2Box/sys-api/blob/master/examples/test.coffee

Javascript: https://github.com/Cloud2Box/sys-api/blob/master/examples/test.js

How to install:

Just use npm install sys-api and use the content of the demo-file.


If you experience any problems try using npm install sys-api --no-bin-links