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jsonbox.io

A HTTP based JSON storage. It lets you store, read & modify JSON data over HTTP APIs for FREE. Ideal for small projects, prototypes or hackathons, where you don't have to spin up your own data store.

With the new protected boxes (introduced in v2), you can even power your websites with jsonbox.io.

⚠️ 30 days of data retention: Data older than 30 days will be deleted automatically. Note: Updated data will be deleted 30 days from the updated date.

API Documentation

Base URL: https://jsonbox.io/

Create

You can create a record (or add a record) to a box by using HTTP post to jsonbox.io/${BOX_ID}.

curl -X POST 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b' \
    -H 'content-type: application/json' \
    -d '{"name": "Jon Snow", "age": 25}'

Response:

{
  "_id": "5d776a25fd6d3d6cb1d45c51",
  "name": "Jon Snow",
  "age": 25,
  "_createdOn": "2019-09-10T09:17:25.607Z"
}

You can also create multiple records at once by passing an array

curl -X POST 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b' \
    -H 'content-type: application/json' \
    -d '[{"name": "Daenerys Targaryen", "age": 25}, {"name": "Arya Stark", "age": 16}]'
[
  {
    "_id": "5d776b75fd6d3d6cb1d45c52",
    "name": "Daenerys Targaryen",
    "age": 25,
    "_createdOn": "2019-09-10T09:23:01.105Z"
  },
  {
    "_id": "5d776b75fd6d3d6cb1d45c53",
    "name": "Arya Stark",
    "age": 16,
    "_createdOn": "2019-09-10T09:23:01.105Z"
  }
]

You can also pass in an optional collections parameter in the URL to group records jsonbox.io/${BOX_ID}/${COLLECTION}.

Note: A valid ${BOX_ID} & ${COLLECTION} should contain only alphanumeric characters & _. ${BOX_ID} should be at least 20 characters long.

Read

Use HTTP GET to read all the records or a single record. You can also query & sort the records.

curl -X GET 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b'
[
  {
    "_id": "5d776b75fd6d3d6cb1d45c52",
    "name": "Daenerys Targaryen",
    "age": 25,
    "_createdOn": "2019-09-10T09:23:01.105Z"
  },
  {
    "_id": "5d776b75fd6d3d6cb1d45c53",
    "name": "Arya Stark",
    "age": 16,
    "_createdOn": "2019-09-10T09:23:01.105Z"
  },
  {
    "_id": "5d776a25fd6d3d6cb1d45c51",
    "name": "Jon Snow",
    "age": 25,
    "_createdOn": "2019-09-10T09:17:25.607Z"
  }
]

To get all records inside a collection Sample collection name: "users":

curl -X GET 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b/users'

To sort the records by a specific field use sort query param. In the below example the output will be sorted in the descending order of the age.

curl -X GET 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b?sort=-age'

To read a specific record use jsonbox.io/${BOX_ID}/${RECORD_ID}.

curl -X GET 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b/5d776a25fd6d3d6cb1d45c51'

To query records, you have to pass the key & value as shown below.

curl -X GET 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b?q=name:arya%20stark'

All the accepted query params are as follows.

Param Description Default
sort Used to sort the result set by the specific field. Add a prefix "-" to sort in reverse order. -_createdOn
skip Used to skip certain no. of records. Can be used for pagination. 0
limit Used to limit the results to a specific count. Can be used for pagination. Max. is 1000. 20
q Query for filtering values. Check out the format below.

Filtering

You can pass a filter in a query by passing them in URL param q as shown below:

curl -X GET 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b?q=name:arya%20stark,age:>13'

The above sample will look for the name arya stark and age greater than 13. You can filter on Number, String & Boolean values only.

Different filters for Numeric values.

Sample
To filter values greater than or less than a specific value q=age:>10 or q=age:<10
To filter values greater (or less) than or equal to a specific value q=age:>=10 or q=age:<=10
To filter values that match a specific value. q=age:=10

Different filters for String values.

Sample
Filter values that start with a specific string q=name:arya*
Filter values that end with a specific string q=name:*stark
Filter values where a specific string appears anywhere in a string q=name:*ya*
Filter values that match a specific string q=name:arya%20stark

You can combine multiple fields by separating them with commas as shown below:

https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b?q=name:arya%20stark,age:>13,isalive:true

Update

Use HTTP PUT to update record one by one. Please note that this will not patch the record, it is full update. A Bulk update is not supported yet.

curl -X PUT 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b/5d776b75fd6d3d6cb1d45c53' \
    -H 'content-type: application/json' \
    -d '{"name": "Arya Stark", "age": 18}'

Delete

Two approaches are available for delete

  • To delete a specific record use HTTP DELETE with jsonbox.io/${BOX_ID}/${RECORD_ID}
curl -X DELETE 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b/5d776b75fd6d3d6cb1d45c53'
  • To delete based on a filter use HTTP DELETE with jsonbox.io/${BOX_ID}?q={QUERY}
curl -X DELETE 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b?q=name:arya%20stark,age:>13'

Protected Box

A protected box is similar to a regular box, but you need an API-KEY to create / update / delete records. Reading records is open and does not need API-KEY. Pass the API-KEY using the X-API-KEY HTTP header.

curl -X POST 'https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b' \
    -H 'content-type: application/json' \
  --H 'x-api-key: 7b3b910b-a7ad-41e8-89d6-5e28e2e34e70' \
    -d '{"name": "Jon Snow", "age": 25}'

You can also use Authorization: API-KEY 7b3b910b-a7ad-41e8-89d6-5e28e2e34e70 header. An API-KEY should be a valid GUID/UUID.

How to create a protected box?

You create a protected box by pushing your first record to a new box with an API-KEY. All the subsequent write requests to that box expect the API-KEY to be passed. You cannot change a public box to protected or vice versa.

Getting Box metadata

Use /_meta/${BOX_ID} in a GET request to get metadata of a box

https://jsonbox.io/_meta/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b

The result will have the following format

{
  "_count": 3,
  "_createdOn": "2020-03-12T04:45:22.000Z",
  "_updatedOn": "2020-03-12T06:23:26.000Z"
}
  • _count - the record count in the box
  • _createdOn - the oldest record's created date
  • _updatedOn - the most recent updated date

Limitations

This is FREE service, so we have to have some limitations to avoid abuse and stay free forever.

  1. The request body cannot be more than 50KB.
  2. Can't push or pull more than 1000 records at a time.
  3. POST requests are rate-limited to 100 per hour per IP address
  4. There is no limit on the number of records you store in a box, but please don't abuse the API by storing large datasets of more than 5000 records. This is meant for small projects and that's why it is offered FREE of cost.
  5. 30 days of data retention.
  6. No backup. If your data is lost due to some technical issues, its lost forever.

Wrappers

Note: The wrappers listed here are from other sources and have not been tested or validated by us

How to run locally

Fork this repo and then clone it:

git clone https://github.com/<your_name>/jsonbox.git

You need MongoDB to run this application. If you don't already have MongoDB, go to the official documentation and follow the instructions there. Once you have MongoDB installed, run

mongo

to start the MongoDB instance. Then cd into directory where the repo was cloned and install the dependencies:

npm install

Then just run

npm start

to start the development server on port 3000. Your jsonbox instance will be running on http://localhost:3000. Alternatively you can run the application using docker with docker-compose up.

LICENSE

MIT

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