command line utility for working with feathers+nuxt apps at scale
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Fullstack Feathers Framework

f3 is a command line utility for working with feathers+nuxt applications at scale.

It provides tasks such as scaffolding, live reloading, database migration, database seeding, deployment among others. See the wiki for guides.


npm i -g @feathers-nuxt/cli

The rest of this guide, uses yarn in place of npm but you may use the later if you so prefer.


To start a new feathers-nuxt project using f3 cli, just invoke the following on your terminal

f3 init awesome-project

This will fetch the feathers-nuxt/template-app from github using saojs and create a boilerplate, inside awesome-project directory, customized as per your answers to the prompted questions.

See the wiki for available customization options. One of the options is the ORM prefered - either sequelize (if you prefer SQL database) or Mongoose (the only NoSQL database supported for now) database. Any database that works with feathers may be used, but for the ORM, only sequelize dialects are supported in the case of SQL and MongoDB for the case of NoSQL.


If you have worked with a nuxt project before, an f3 project should feel familiar. The only considerable difference is that configuration for nuxt is specified inside f3.config.js which exports an object with two keys. nuxt is one of these keys and its value is anything you would export from nuxt.config.js. The other key is backpack and its value is the equivalent of what one would export from backpack.config.js.

Essentially f3.config.js holds webpack configuration for a build targetting the server using backpack as well another targetting the client using nuxt. Check out backpack and nuxt configuration guides to see all available options.


After initialization, cd awesome-project and invoke yarn dev or npm run dev if you prefer npm. This will start feathers server using nodemon for file watching and live reloading.

The new project will have other npm script declarations in its package.json for tasks such as building, deployment, db migrations among others. Invoke yarn run or open package.json for a comprehensive list of all available tasks.


Building is necessary to compile livescript and ecmascript sources to javascript in order to run the application in production mode. f3 will invoke nuxt to compile frontend code and backpack to compile backend code. To build the project, invoke yarn build from within the project directory. Invoke yarn build-client if you need to compile frontend code only or yarn build-server if you need to compile need backend code only.


When using Mongoose ORM, migrations may not be necessary (or maybe they are?). However with Sequelize, migrations are crucial. Invoke yarn migrate in your project root to see migrations status. yarn migrate up will execute ALL pending migrations. yarn migrate down will undo ALL completed migrations. yarn migrate next will execute the NEXT pending migration.

f3 will look for migrations files are under src\db\migrations directory. They will be run in the order they appear. A good practice is to prefix the file name with a two digit number so that you retain control over the order of the files in the directory. Otherwise they will be ordered alphabetically. This may be an issue when you have a migration that should create a table which is to be later referenced by another migration creating a foreign key constraint.


f3 uses git push to deploy. You need to first set up the deployment server by installing node.js and pod among other dependencies.

This step will be automated in the future so that all you need to deploy is SSH access to a fresh VM box in the cloud.

Once pod is setup on the deployment server, create a pod app on the deployment server and use its git repository as a remote to your local project. f3 also includes a .podhook file in the project root directory for specifying shell commands to run during deplyment before (re)starting the app on remote server.

With the setup, any time you do git push the local project, It will (re)build and (re)start the app hosted on deployment server. Under the hood pod uses pm2 for process management so you can do anything with your pod app as you would with a pm2 app.

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