Express boilerplate application for demostrating integration of Electrode standalone modules
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Express App with Electrode Modules

A sample Express app generated using yeoman that demonstrates the usage of several Electrode modules.

Install and Run

If cloning or forking this repo, simply install and run with npm:

$ npm install
$ NODE_ENV=development npm start

The app should be accessible at

Starting from Scratch

This app was scaffolded using yeoman and instructions for recreating it from scratch are provided below.

First, install yeoman and express-generator:

$ npm install -g yo
$ npm install -g express-generator

Scaffold a new app using yeoman:

$ express app
$ cd app
$ npm install

At this point, you should be able to run the server locally:

$ NODE_ENV=development npm start

Electrode Module Demos

This application already contains demonstration code for the following modules. If you're starting from scratch using scaffolding, you can find instructions for adding and configuring individual modules below.

Electrode Confippet

Confippet is a versatile utility for managing your NodeJS application configuration. Its goal is customization and extensibility, but offers a preset config out of the box.

npm install electrode-confippet --save

Config Files

  • Create the config folder:
mkdir config
cd config
  • Add the following config files:
|_ default.json
|_ development.json
|_ production.json
  • Add your configuration settings
  • Update the config/default.json to have the following settings:
  "server": {
    "viewCache": false,
    "xPoweredBy": true,
    "port": 4000

Development Environment

  • Update the config/development.json to have the following settings:
  "server": {
    "viewCache": false,
    "xPoweredBy": true,
    "port": 4000
  • The above settings disable view cache, enable x-powered-by header and run the server in port 4000

Production Environment

  • Update the config/production.json to have the following settings:
  "server": {
    "viewCache": true,
    "xPoweredBy": false,
    "port": 8000
  • The above settings enable view cache, disable x-powered-by header and run the server in port 8000
  • Keys that exist in the config/default.json that are also in the other environment configs will be replaced by the environment specific versions

Confippet Require

  • Add the following to app.js:
const config = require("electrode-confippet").config;

app.set("view cache", config.server.viewCache);
app.set("x-powered-by", config.server.xPoweredBy);

Running the Express app

  • Start the express app in development environment:
NODE_ENV=development npm start
  • Start the express app in production environment:
NODE_ENV=production npm start
  • Running in the selected environment should load the appropriate configuration settings

Electrode CSRF-JWT

CSRF-JWT is an Electrode plugin that allows you to authenticate HTTP requests using JWT in your Electrode applications.


Add the electrode-csrf-jwt component:

$ npm install electrode-csrf-jwt --save

Next, in app/app.js, register the component with the Express app:

const csrfMiddleware = require("electrode-csrf-jwt").expressMiddleware;

var app = express();

const csrfOptions = {
  secret: "test",
  expiresIn: 60


That's it! CSRF protection will be automatically enabled for endpoints added to the app. CSRF JWT tokens will be returned in the headers and set as cookies for every response and must be provided as both a header and a cookie in every POST request.

You can read more about options and usage details on the component's README page

In addition to the above steps, the following modifications were made in order to demonstrate functionality:

  • Two endpoints were added to app/routes/index.js
  • AJAX testing logic was added in app/public/javascripts/csrf.js
  • Links to tests were added to app/views/csrf.jade

Built with ❤️ by Team Electrode @WalmartLabs.