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API Services Made Easy with Node.js

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Carthage is a web server and opinionated framework for building data manipulation-centric (Create Read Update Destroy) API services in Node.js for web, mobile or IoT apps.

Why Carthage?

Carthage is built upon an ideology of a robust, scalable architecture for data storage and retrieval APIs.
Carthage servers are not meant to be monoliths. They're stateless and distributed
Remember: one input, one output. Side effects dealing with model state should be managed via your Database. Carthage should not be used for streaming (long poll) requests and the HTTP request and response objects are intentionally obfuscated.
This also means you can not rely on socket connections. If you need to incorporate realtime functionality in your application, there should be a separate server responsible for this. It can interface with your Carthage API server and even receive events from it, but your API server should never have a stateful (prolonged) connection with any client.

Getting Started

Getting started with Carthage is easy.
  1. Download and install the newest Node 6.x version from
  2. In Terminal: type npm install carthage -g.
(If you get an error, run sudo npm install carthage -g or fix permissions permanently by following these directions
  1. Again in Terminal, visit your projects folder. Perhaps with cd ~.
  2. Run carthage new.
  3. Follow the on screen instructions, enter your new project directory and type carthage s.

That's it! Your Carthage webserver is up and running.

Hooking Up Your Database

Once Carthage is up and running, it's likely that you'll want to connect your project to a database. Carthage comes packaged with Migrations, a Query Composer and full PostgreSQL integration.
First you'll need to install PostgreSQL.
Once you've installed Postgres, make sure to run:
$ createuser postgres -s

To create a default postgres superuser with no password. (Default for Carthage's configuration.)
First step then:
$ carthage db:create

To create the database and then,
$ carthage db:prepare

To prepare for migrations.
From here, carthage db:migrate runs all pending migrations and carthage db:rollback will roll back migrations, one at a time by default.

Server Types

Carthage works best when you follow its ideology, and that means creating a new service to solve specific Problem Domains of your application and business.
The main three suggestions are Branding Server, API Server and Application Server.

API Server

Create an API server using Carthage's Models, PostgreSQL integration, built-in JSON API formatting, and Query Composer (ORM). Bi-directional migrations are packaged with Carthage, meaning you can maintain the integrity of your data. User (including password) and OAuth AccessToken models and controllers are pre-built for you and can be added easily to your project.
Packaged with Carthage are workers, scheduling modules, and much more for all of your data needs.
We can look at what an API Controller might look like for, say, blog posts:
class BlogPostsController extends Carthage.Controller {

  index() {

      .end((err, blogPosts) => {

        this.respond(err || blogPosts);



  show() {

    BlogPost.find(, (err, blogPost) => this.respond(err || blogPost));


  create() {

    BlogPost.create(params.body, (err, blogPost) => this.respond(err || blogPost));


  update() {

    BlogPost.update(, params.body, (err, blogPost) => this.respond(err || blogPost));


  destroy() {

    BlogPost.destroy(, (err, blogPost) => this.respond(err || blogPost));



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