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Gizur's OData server for MySQL

NOTE: This repo isn't actively maintained anymore. Have a look at Odataserver2 which is an enhanced implementation.

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OData is a protocol that supports JSON. This makes it extremely usefull when developing web and mobile apps. The Gizur OData Server will serve as your mobile backend (you won't need any Mobile Backend as a Service, MBaaS). The server can be used together with any MySQL database.

This is a simple example of how it is used:

# Create an account
curl -d '{"email":""}'

# Reset password. A mail is sent with reset instructions. The password is sent
# in the API response to simplify development. This is turned off in production.
curl -d '{"accountId":"0b213a639078","email":""}'

# create a new table
curl -H "user: 0b213a639078" -H "password: xxx" -d '{"tableDef":{"tableName":"mytable","columns":["col1 int","col2 varchar(255)"]}}'

# insert some data
curl -H "user: 0b213a639078" -H "password: xxx" -d '{"col1":11,"col2":"11"}'

# get the data just inserted
curl -H "user: 0b213a639078" -H "password: xxx"

This example is using our development server. It is open, feel free to test around (we give no guarantees regarding up-time and the database is reset from time to time). There is also suport for pictures, text files etc. using BLOB:s. These are stored in a LevelDB database on the server. Run curl to show the help.


OData Server is compatible with express. Install odataserver and express (npm install odataserver express) and use it like this:

var express = require('express');
var config = {
  ODATA: {
    HOST: 'localhost',
    PORT: 9000
  RDBMS: {
    ADMIN_USER: 'root',
    ADMIN_PASSWORD: 'secret'
var odataserver = require('odataserver');

var server = new odataserver(config);

var app = express();

app.listen(config.ODATA.PORT, function() {
  console.log('OData Server listening at http://%s:%s',
              config.ODATA.HOST, config.ODATA.PORT);

Run curl http://localhost:9000/help in a new terminal to verify that the server is running.


  1. Make sure that MySQL is up and running and that you have the credentials for the admin account (or an account that have privileges to create new databases and users).

  2. Clone this repo and do npm install.

  3. Copy setenv.template to setenv and update it with the database and mail server credentials. Environment variables are used to set admin credentials for the database and the mail server.

  4. Make sure port 9000 is free and then run: npm start.

  5. Check that the server is alive with: curl http://localhost:9000/help.

More information

Information regarding advanced usage and contributing.

Release history

Major and minor releases are listed here. Patches are not listed, please see Github for more information.

  • 0.1 - Initial release
  • 0.2 - Added support for expressjs


OData (JSON) server with support for MySQL and for BLOBs




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