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Nodejitsu provides a web API for developers who want to interact with the Nodejitsu platform programatically. This API is built to be RESTful and communicates via JSON. The API is the most low-level way of interacting with the Nodejitsu platform. For most deployment scenarios you should use our command line tool, jitsu, the online administrative interface, or use our WebHook API when integrating with third party services.

API Clients

Nodejitsu has a JSON API client for node.js, which may be found at (along with API clients in other languages as they are developed).

jitsu is implemented by using the node.js API client.


Most of the calls to the API will require that you authenticate using your Nodejitsu account. If you do not have an account it is possible to create one using the API, jitsu, or just by visiting

Currently, we support Basic Authentication and Token authentication.

Here is an example using the command line utility with Basic authentication, curl:

 // get all applications for User "Marak"
 curl --user Marak:password

Token authentication works the same way but instead of providing a password you need to provide an API token. Even though you can authenticate with an API token it does restrict access to your user profile, password, etc for security reasons.


Applications are the core of the Nodejitsu API. Each application represents a set of Node.js code plus a package.json which contains meta-data about the application such as it's dependencies, database connections, configuration settings and authors. For more information about the package.json format see: package.json

Get all Applications for a User

 GET /apps/:user-id

Create a new Application

 POST /apps/:user-id
 { package.json }

Start an Application

 POST /apps/:user-id/:app-id/start

Stop an Application

 POST /apps/:user-id/:app-id/stop

Restart an Application

 POST /apps/:user-id/:app-id/restart

Update an Application

 PUT /apps/:user-id
 { package.json }

Delete an Application

 DELETE /apps/:user-id/:app-id


Application snapshots are kept so you can keep track of each of your deployments. You can use jitsu, or our online administrative interface to revert to a specific snapshot, or download the code you have running in the server.

Make an existing snapshot the active app

POST /apps/:user-id/:app-id/snapshots/:id/activate

Activate / Deploy a snapshot

POST /apps/:user-id/:snapshots/:id

Show a catalog of all Snapshot for an Application

GET /apps/:user-id/:app-id/snapshots

Show the contents of a Snapshot

GET /apps/:user-id/:app-id/snapshots/:id


Create a new User / Sign-up for a free Nodejitsu account

Email address is the only required field.

 POST /users/:user-id
   email: ""

Confirm a User account

All User accounts must be confirmed. When a new User is created, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with that user. In this email there will be an invite code. This code must be sent to the API to confirm the account.

POST /users/:user-id
  inviteCode: "SecretCode"

Update User

PUT /users/:user-id
  password: "new_password"

Get User API Tokens

GET /users/:user-id/tokens

Delete an API Token

DELETE /users/:user-id/tokens/:token-id

Create an API Token

Token and provider are mandatory

POST /users/:user-id/tokens

Get User Third Party Tokens

Users sometimes need Nodejitsu to store an authorization token for a service they want us to use for them. e.g. For us to deploy a private repository you have in Github we need you to give Nodejitsu access to your github account.

Third Party tokens serve this purpose. The current supported providers are:

GET /users/:user-id/thirdparty

Delete an Third Party Token

DELETE /users/:user-id/thirdparty/:token-id

Create an Third Party Token

POST /users/:user-id/thirdparty
  token: "SEVMTE8gWUVTIEkgQU0gRE9HCg", // mandatory
  provider: "github", // mandatory
  id: "a string id 123" // optional, helps humans identify the key


Create a new Database

 POST /databases/:user-id/:database-id
   type: "couch" || "redis" || "mongo" || "mongohq" || "redistogo"

Get information about a Database

GET /databases/:user-id/:database-id

Delete a Database

DELETE /databases/:user-id/:database-id


Nodejitsu provides integrated logging solutions for your applications. Your logs are always saved and ready to be retrieved.

Get all logs for a user

POST /logs/:user-id/
  "from": "NOW-3YEARS",
  "until": "NOW",
  "rows": 15

Get logs for a specific application

POST /logs/:user-id/:app-id
  "from": "NOW-3YEARS",
  "until": "NOW",
  "rows": 15
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