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A REST and realtime API layer for modern applications.

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Feathers is a real-time, micro-service web framework for NodeJS that gives you control over your data via RESTful resources, sockets and flexible plug-ins.



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Getting started

You can build your first real-time and REST API in just 4 commands:

$ npm install -g @feathersjs/cli
$ mkdir my-new-app
$ cd my-new-app/
$ feathers generate app
$ npm start

To learn more about Feathers visit the website at feathersjs.com or jump right into the Feathers docs.

See it in action

Here is all the code you need to create a RESTful, real-time message API that uses an in-memory data store:

const feathers = require('@feathersjs/feathers');
const express = require('@feathersjs/express');
const socketio = require('@feathersjs/socketio');

const memory = require('feathers-memory');

// Creates an Express compatible Feathers application
const app = express(feathers());

// Parse HTTP JSON bodies
// Parse URL-encoded params
app.use(express.urlencoded({ extended: true }));
// Add REST API support
// Configure Socket.io real-time APIs
// Register a messages service with pagination
app.use('/messages', memory({
  paginate: {
    default: 10,
    max: 25
// Register a nicer error handler than the default Express one

// Add any new real-time connection to the `everybody` channel
app.on('connection', connection => app.channel('everybody').join(connection));
// Publish all events to the `everybody` channel
app.publish(data => app.channel('everybody'));

// Start the server
app.listen(3030).on('listening', () =>
  console.log('Feathers server listening on localhost:3030')

Then run

npm install @feathersjs/feathers @feathersjs/socketio @feathersjs/express feathers-memory
node app

and go to http://localhost:3030/messages. That's it! There's a lot more you can do with Feathers including; using a real database, authentication, authorization, clustering and more! Head on over to the Feathers docs to see just how easy it is to build scalable real-time apps.


The Feathers docs are loaded with awesome stuff and tell you every thing you need to know about using and configuring Feathers.


We ❤️ the community and take security very seriously. No one wants their app hacked. If you have come across a security concern please report it responsibly. Visit the Security section of the docs to learn more about how you can make sure your app is secure.


Copyright (c) 2018 Feathers contributors

Licensed under the MIT license.