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Lightweight Node.js Boilerplate API

This is a lightweight Node.js boilerplate API with Docker support, test coverage and support.

Getting Started

These instructions will get you a copy of the project up and running on your local machine for development and testing purposes. See deployment for notes on how to deploy the project on a live system.

Clone to your local machine:

git clone

Change into the cloned dir:

cd boilerplate-api

Install required modules:

npm install


Run dev environment:

npm run dev

Run tests:

npm test

Run Istanbul/NYC test coverage report:

npm run integration


docker swarn init
docker stack deploy -c docker-compose boilerplate


To get up and running you can either install Docker and run the app in a container, or just run it natively. For Docker you need to install Docker and docker-compose.

To run natively, you need to install MongoDB and Node.js.


Running natively

  1. Install Node.js
curl -sL | sudo -E bash -

sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
  1. Install MongoDB
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv 0C49F3730359A14518585931BC711F9BA15703C6

echo "deb [ arch=amd64,arm64 ] xenial/mongodb-org/3.4 multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-3.4.list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install -y mongodb-org
  1. Run MongoDB
sudo service mongod start

If needed, stop MongoDB with: sudo service mongod stop

Running with Docker

  1. Install Docker
curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -cs) stable"

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install -y docker-ce
  1. Check if Docker is installed:
sudo systemctl status docker

Should be similar to:

● docker.service - Docker Application Container Engine
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/docker.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Sun 2016-05-01 06:53:52 CDT; 1 weeks 3 days ago
 Main PID: 749 (docker)
  1. Install Docker Compose

Choose the appropriate installation for your OS here.

For Linux

sudo curl -L`uname -s`-`uname -m` -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

docker-compose --version

If you get the version returned back the installation was successful.

Running the tests

Running the tests is simple. Just run:

npm test

This will start nodemon and run the tests every time you save a file. This includes all the e2e tests and API tests which interact with the DB.

Integration tests

These tests run against a test db which will be cleared before and after the tests are run. For running the integration tests on every push we run:

npm run integration

This command is run by CircleCi.


On a VM:

  • See Installation with Docker.

On Heroku:

  • Fork the repo and add it to your Heroku account. The Procfile is set up to run npm start.

Built With

  • Express - Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework for Node.js
  • Node.js - JavaScript on the Server
  • MongoDB - Building on the Best of Relational with the Innovations of NoSQL


Please read for details on our code of conduct, and the process for submitting pull requests to us.

Integration testing

We use CircleCi for integration testing. For the versions available, see the their GitHub repo.



This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the file for details



Lightweight Node.js boilerplate API with Docker support, test coverage and support.








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