A library that provides utilities and methods for dojot

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Common library to be used in dojot modules.
Attention: As of version v0.2, this library no longer has integration with the old "auth" service, but with the "keycloak" service. Be aware that the environment variables KEYCLOAK_USER and KEYCLOAK_PASSWORD will probably have to be passed to services that use this library. This user should be able to get the existing realm lists from keycloak.


This library is intended to handle all the necessary operations that a service needs to perform in order to communicate with other dojot services. These operations are:
  • Sending and receiving messages via Kafka;
  • Subscribing to new Kafka topics whenever a new tenant is created;

Thus, the service should only inform the library of which subjects it is interested in and how the messages should be processed.

How to install

Installing this package is no different than any other from npm. Just execute:
npm install @dojot/dojot-module

which will install this module in its latest version.

How to use

Using it is also very easy. All normal operations involve using the Messenger class, which is responsible for communicating with the message broker (Kafka) and generating events to any component interested in such messages. Also, it provides a very simple mechanism of event generation and subscription so that a library could use it to generate more specific events based on those messages. More on that later.
The folowing code is an example of a code that simply prints any message that it receives from a particular subject.
"use strict";
var dojot = require("@dojot/dojot-module");
var logger = require("@dojot/dojot-module-logger").logger;

var config = dojot.Config;
var messenger = new dojot.Messenger("dojot-snoop", config);

// Create a channel using a default subject "device-data"
// These "communication channels" will handle all the tenant processing and
// message receival, so that the service implementation would only set the
// message processing callback (done by 'messenger.on' calls).
// Creating a new channel will inform the library that the service is interested
// in read/write messages to a particular subject.
messenger.createChannel(config.dojot.subjects.deviceData, "rw");

// Create a channel using a particular subject "service-status"
messenger.createChannel("service-status", "w");

// Register callback to process incoming device data
messenger.on(config.dojot.subjects.deviceData, "message", (tenant, message, extraInfo) => {
  logger.info(`Client: Received message in device data subject.`);
  logger.info(`Client: Tenant is: ${tenant}`);
  logger.info(`Client: Message is: ${message}`);
  logger.info(`Client: ExtraInfo is: ${extraInfo}`);

// Publish a message on "service-status" subject using "dojot-management" tenant
messenger.publish("service-status", config.management.tenant, "service X is up");


This library might be configured in different ways. Each class (Messenger, Consumer and Producer) receives a configuration object in its constructor. It should have the following attributes at least:
  "kafka": {
    "producer": {
      "metadata.brokers.list": "kafka:9092",
      "socket.keepalive.enable": true,
      "dr_cb": true
    "consumer": {
      "group.id": "sample-group",
      "metadata.brokers.list": "kafka:9092",
  "databroker": {
    "url": "http://data-broker",
    "timeoutSleep": 2,
    "connectionRetries": 5,
  "keycloak": {
      "basePath": "http://keycloak:8080/auth",
      "timeoutSleep": 5,
      "connectionRetries": 5,
      "ignoreRealm": "master",
      "credentials": {
        "username": "admin",
        "password": "admin",
        "grantType": "password",
        "clientId":  "admin-cli",
  "deviceManager": {
    "url": "http://device-manager:5000",
    "timeoutSleep": 5,
    "connectionRetries": 3,
  "dojot": {
    "management": {
      "user": "dojot-management",
      "tenant": "dojot-management"
    "subjects": {
      "tenancy": "dojot.tenancy",
      "devices": "dojot.device-manager.device",
      "deviceData": "device-data",

All these parameters can be found in config.js file. It is recommended that the service implementation use this file as basis to configure other classes.
The Kafka section follows the parameters used by node-rdkafka library, which in turn follows the configuration of librdkafka. These are the bare minumum that this library needs in order to operate correctly. All the values are the default ones, they might be changed depending on deployment scenario.
The config.js file will also get a few environment variables in order to ease configuration. They are:
export KAFKA_HOSTS = "kafka:9092"
export KAFKA_GROUP_ID = "dojot-module"
export DATA_BROKER_URL = "http://data-broker"
export KEYCLOAK_URL = "http://keycloak:8080/auth"
export KEYCLOAK_USER = "admin"
export KEYCLOAK_PASSWORD = "admin"
export DEVICE_MANAGER_URL = "http://device-manager:5000"
export DOJOT_MANAGEMENT_USER = "dojot-management"
export DOJOT_MANAGEMENT_TENANT = "dojot-management"
export DOJOT_SUBJECT_TENANCY = "dojot.tenancy"
export DOJOT_SUBJECT_DEVICES = "dojot.device-manager.device"
export DOJOT_SUBJECT_DEVICE_DATA = "device-data"
The dojot-module-nodejs source code is released under Apache License 2.0.
Check NOTICE and LICENSE files for more information.