Easy-to-use Node.js implementation of the CloudConvert API.
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Getting Started

Our implementation uses Node.js' asynchronous behaviour to create a non-blocking API for CloudConvert – allowing you to convert files into hundreds of different formats.

Further Reading: For the following, please see the example in example which uses Angular.js and Socket.IO.

You first need your file which you're going to convert. We instantiate a new CloudConvert object per conversion task – passing in the path to your YAML configuration. By using the convert method we tell the API where our file resides.

var $task = new CloudConvert(config).convert(filePath);

Afterwards we need to tell the API what the current format of our file is, and which format we'd like to convert it into.


We can then begin the conversion process with the process method.


However, because Node.js is entirely asynchronous, none of the aforementioned methods return anything about the status – that's where the callbacks come into play!

We define a handful of callbacks, all of which can be setup with when(observerName, method, interval) – where interval only applies to one callback.

  • when('uploading', ...) – once when uploading has begun;
  • when('uploaded', ...) – once when the file has been uploaded;
  • when('converting', ..., 2500) – every 2,500 milliseconds with conversion status;
  • when('finished', ...) – once after the conversion has finished;
  • when('error', ...) – once when an error occurs;

All of these are optional and pass through useful data in their arguments.

$task.when('uploading', function(data) {
    console.log("We're uploading our file...");

Errors: For a list of possible errors, please refer to the _errorCodes object in CloudConvert.prototype.

When the processing has finished and the finished observer has been invoked, you have all you need to continue. For example, you could download the file from the CloudConvert servers by inspecting the data object in the callback.

$task.when('finished', function(data) {
    console.log("Let's download " + data.output.url);

For further information about the CloudConvert API, please take a look at their API documentation.

Putting it all together we can chain our methods:

var config  = __dirname + '/config.yml',
    file    = __dirname + '/uploaded-files/Rio.jpg';

var $task   = new CloudConvert(config).convert(file).from('jpg').into('png').process();

YAML Configuration

We keep the API key separate from the codebase – your YAML config must contain your API key obtained from CloudConvert.

apiKey: 123456789

Please refer to the config.yml.example file in example. When you instantiate a new CloudConvert task, pass in the path to your YAML config.

// Current path plus "config.yml".
var $config = __dirname + '/config.yml',
    $task   = new CloudConvert($config);


All contributions are welcome subject to the necessary Jasmine tests, and will be rewarded with a Cheshire Cat smile!