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Using The API

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, or login directly at

The documentation here should be an accurate representation of our current API, but you can always look directly at our API wrappers in jitsu to see a working example of an application built against Nodejitsu's REST API.


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 User API, the Jitsu CLI, or just by visiting Currently, we support Basic Authentication. If you haven't used Basic Auth before don't fret, it's easy!

Here is an example using the command line utility, Curl.

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

If you are trying to use our API directly and are having issues with Basic Auth, please feel free to email


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, authors, etc. 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/remove


Snapshots are an easy way to capture the current state of your application. Once a Snapshot of your application is created you can roll back and activate that Snapshot at any time.

Make an existing snapshot the active app

PUT /apps/:user-id/:app-id/snapshots/:id/active

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"


Databases are an integral part of most applications. The Nodejitsu API allows you to dynamically create new hosted database instances for your applications. Cloud database hosting is provided by: CouchOne, Redis2Go and MongoHQ.

Create a new Database

 POST /databases/:user-id/:database-id

   type: "Couch || Redis || Mongo"

Get information about a Database

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

Delete a Database

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


Logging is a very important feature in any professional grade Node.js application. Nodejitsu provides integrated logging solutions for your applications. Your logs are always saved and ready to be retrieved. TODO: add better description on logging

Get all logs for a user

 GET /logs/:user-id/

Get logs for a specific application

 GET /logs/:user-id/:app-id


The Marketplace is an online store where you can browse ready to deploy Node.js Applications. The Marketplace is a great place to start if you are new to Node.js development or want to share your existing Node.js Application with the world.

Get all Marketplace Applications

GET /marketplace

Get a specific Marketplace Application

GET /databases/:user-id/:id

Using Databases

Applications on Nodejitsu are ready to be connected to any database. If you have already have a database running, Nodejitsu can connect to your pre-existing database. If you require a new database, Nodejitsu can provide you FREE instances of several different types of databases. These free instances are great for development purposes or hobby sites. If you require a high traffic or production database we provide an easy upgrade path to industrial strength database hosting.

Creating new Databases

If you require database hosting you can create a new database instance of any of our supported databases using Samurai, Jitsu, or our API.

Existing Databases

If you already have an externally hosted Database, Nodejitsu is capable of connecting to it. We've got Database hosting if you need it, but we fully support externally hosted Databases. Feel free to drop us an email if you have any questions.

Connecting Applications to Databases

If you want to connect a Database to your Node.js application, Nodejitsu provides you with sample code for each Database type as well as the ability to specify database connection strings in your application's package.json

 TODO: Add better package.json configuration description
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