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DADI CDN is built on Node.JS, with support for S3 and Redis. It is a high performance, just-in-time asset manipulation and delivery layer designed as a modern content distribution solution.

You can consider a full installation of DADI CDN as being analogous to a traditional CDN (Content Distribution Network) such as Akamai or Limelight. It is designed to carry the processing and delivery load associated with image manipulation and asset delivery (CSS/JS/fonts). It acts autonomously as a layer on top of your core product.

It has full support for caching, header control, image manipulation, image compression and image format conversion; image recipes allow for SEO-friendly URLs; dynamic routing allows for media manipulation based on what is known about an individual; and an authenticated API allows for fine grained cache control in the form of content invalidation on an individual file or collective path basis.

CDN is part of DADI, a suite of components covering the full development stack, built for performance and scale.


  • Node.js (supported versions: 6.9.2, 6.11.1, 8.9.4)

Your first CDN project

Install dependencies

Ensure you have the required dependencies installed. See the first sections in the CDN installation documentation.

Install CDN

All DADI platform microservices are available from NPM. To add CDN to your project as a dependency:

$ cd my-app
$ npm install --save @dadi/cdn

Add an entry point

You'll need an entry point for your project. We'll create a file called index.js and later we will start the application with node index.js. Add the following to the new file:

 *  index.js
const app = require('@dadi/cdn')

Start the server

CDN can be started from the command line simply by issuing the following command:

$ node index.js

With the default configuration, our CDN server is available at http://localhost:8001. Visiting this URL will display a welcome message.


CDN requires a configuration file specific to the application environment. For example in the production environment it will look for a file named config.production.json.

When CDN was installed, a development configuration file was created for you in a config folder at your application root. Full configuration documentation can be found at

Run CDN as a service

To run your CDN application in the background as a service, install Forever and Forever Service:

$ npm install forever forever-service -g

$ forever-service install -s index.js -e NODE_ENV=production cdn --start

Note: the environment variable NODE_ENV=production must be set to the required configuration version matching the configuration files available in the config directory.

Configuring an image source

Before you can serve assets or images you need to tell CDN where your files are located. Currently, CDN can serve your files from three types of source: Amazon S3, a remote server, and the the local filesystem. We'll start using the local filesystem, but see the full documentation for details on using the other source types.

The sample configuration file defines a local filesystem source. The path property is set to use an directory called images at the root of your application. CDN will look for your files at the location defined in this path property every time it handles a request.


  "server": {
    "host": "",
    "port": 8001
  "images": {
    "directory": {
      "enabled": true,
      "path": "./images"

We'll use the above configuration for an example. With image files in the images directory we can make a request for one to view it in the browser:

Images available
$ my-app/images  ls -la
total 9464
drwxr-xr-x  4 root  wheel      136 13 Mar 13:02 .
drwxr-xr-x  4 root  wheel      136 13 Mar 13:01 ..
-rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel     9396 13 Mar 13:02 92875.jpg
-rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel  4832710 13 Mar 13:02 92876.jpg
Browser request



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