@mh-cbon/http-file-store
Server and api to manipulate a file system over http
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http-file-store

Server and api to manipulates files over HTTP.

binary

http-file-store is a stand alone web server which provides an api to manipulate a file system over HTTP.

install

npm i -g mh-cbon/http-file-store

usage

http-file-store 1.0.0
  Server and api to manipulate a file system over http

Usage

  http-file-store --config=/path/to/config.json

Options

  --config  | -c   Path to the JSON configuration file
  --port    | -p   Port of the CLEAR http server, if no configuration is provided.
  --verbose | -v   Enable verbosity pass in the module list to debug.

Config

  The configuration is a plain json object describing several options to
  apply to your instance of http-file-store.

  {
    "url_base": "/base/url/to/serve/files/ending/with/a/slash",
    "upload_path": "/path/to/temp/uploaded/files",
    "show_absolute_path": true|false,
    "allow_overwrite": true|false,
    "allow_delete": true|false,
    "configurable_alias": true|false,
    "aliases": {
      "alias_name": "/path/to/the/directory/to/read/write/files"
    },
    "ssl": {
      "port": "a number, or null for a random port",
      "host": "a host value to listen for https requests",
      "key": "a path to an SSL key",
      "ca": "a path to the SSL CA file",
      "cert": "a path to the SSL cert file"
    },
    "clear": {
      "port": "a number, or null for a random port",
      "host": "a host value to listen for http requests"
    },
    "cors": {
      "origin": "*",
      "credentials": "true|false",
      "methods": ['GET', 'PUT', 'POST'],
      "allowedHeaders": ['Content-Type', 'Authorization'],
      "exposedHeaders": ['Content-Range', 'X-Content-Range'],
      "maxAge": 600
    }
  }

bin

Configuration

The configuration is set via a config.json file defined from the command line invocation with -c|--config parameter.

Setting the root paths to serve

To set the root path of the file system managed via the API, you can define those options:

Set base option

base: "/path/to/serve/" will define a unique file system entry point to serve.

Note: Internally it is transformed into an alias such {alias:{"":"/path/"}}

Note2: base and alias directives are exclusive.

Define multiple alias

Alternatively to the base directive, you can define an alias object of path to serve, such

alias: {
  "name": "path",
  "name1": "path1",
}

Doing so enable you to serve multiple root directories.

To fetch the list of aliases, you can query /.

To fetch the content of an alias, you can query /my_alias/ and so on.

Other noticeable options

allow_delete: true

Enable a new route to delete files and directories.

show_absolute_path: true

Add a property to the directory listing which provides the full path of the item on the remote system.

allow_overwrite: true

Enable file overwrite capabilities.

configurable_alias: true

Enable a new routes to manage configuration aliases from the API.

upload_path: "/path/to/save/tmp/uploaded/files"

Defines the path of the directory to write temporary uploaded files.

url_base: "/base/url/of/api/"

Defines the base url from which the API is served. Must end with a /.

Pre defined routes without alias

GET /

Read root directory content and return it as a JSON object.

GET /:path

Read a path, if it is a directory, returns its content as a JSON object. If its a file, stream its content. Use download=1 to force file download.

POST /:store_path

Provide a field file to write a file onto the system. Use overwrite=1 to overwrite an existing file.

Provide name to create a directory.

DELETE /:path_to_delete

Unlink a file or a directory from the file system. Use recursive=1 to recursively delete a directory.

Pre defined routes with aliases

GET /

Returns the list of aliases as a directory listing.

GET /:alias/:path

Read a path within given alias, if it is a directory, returns its content as a JSON object. If its a file, stream its content. Use download=1 to force file download.

POST /:alias/:store_path

Provide a field file to write a file onto the system. Use overwrite=1 to overwrite an existing file.

Provide name to create a directory.

DELETE /:alias/:path_to_delete

Unlink a file or a directory within given alias. Use recursive=1 to recursively delete a directory.

express handlers

http-file-store can also be consumed as a module of your project. It provides multiple handlers to use with an express application.

Example


var fileStore = require('http-file-store');
var upload    = multer({ dest: config.upload_path });
var app       = express();

// list aliases root directories
// but it returns JSON responses for directories.
app.get(config.url_base + "", fileStore.root(config));

// provide a read access, much like serve-static,
// but it returns JSON responses for directories.
app.get(config.url_base + ":alias/*", fileStore.read(config));

// provide write access, using multer to manage file uploads.
app.post(config.url_base + ":alias/*", upload.single('file'), fileStore.write(config));

// provide delete access, using multer to manage file uploads.
app.delete(config.url_base + ":alias/*", fileStore.unlink(config));

// provides aliases management routes
if (config.configurable_alias) {
  // list alias object from the config
  app.get(config.url_base + "aliases", fileStore.aliases.get(config));

  // add an alias to the configuration
  app.post(config.url_base + "aliases/add/",
    bodyParser.urlencoded({extended: !true}), fileStore.aliases.add(config, configPath));

  // remove an alias from the configuration
  app.post(config.url_base + "aliases/remove/",
    bodyParser.urlencoded({extended: !true}), fileStore.aliases.remove(config));
}

http api

http-file-store can manipulate files based on url path of the query.

Read

A file

Given a route mounted on /read, and a file some.txt on the root of an empty aliased directory ({alias:{"":"/path/"}}):

request(app)
  .get('/read/some.txt')
  .expect('Content-Type', /text/)
  .expect(200, /content/)
  .end(done)

When the target path provided within the url path is recognized as a file, the content is streamed to the client.

You may force file download by sending an extra query parameter with the GET request,

request(app)
  .get('/read/some.txt?download=1')
  .expect('Content-Disposition', /attachment/)
  .expect(200)
A directory

When the target path provided within the url path is recognized as a directory, the listing of the directory is returned as a JSON object such:

[
  {
    name:   f,
    type:   stats.isFile() ? 'file' : 'dir',
    size:   stats.size,
    mime:   mime.lookup(path.join(filePath, f)) || 'application/octet-stream',
    atime:  stats.atime,
    mtime:  stats.mtime,
    ctime:  stats.ctime,
    birthtime: stats.birthtime,
    // only when config.show_absolute_path is true
    absolute_path: path.resolve(path.join(filePath, f))
  }
]

Write

Given a route mounted on /write, and a file other.txt to write on the root of an empty aliased directory ({alias:{"":"/path/"}}):

request(app)
  .post('/write/')
  .attach('file', 'other.txt')
  .expect(200)

On successful write, the route handler will return the new listing of the directory, much like a read access:

[
  {
    name:   f,
    type:   stats.isFile() ? 'file' : 'dir',
    size:   stats.size,
    mime:   mime.lookup(path.join(filePath, f)) || 'application/octet-stream',
    atime:  stats.atime,
    mtime:  stats.mtime,
    ctime:  stats.ctime,
    birthtime: stats.birthtime,
    // only if config.show_absolute_path is true
    absolute_path: path.resolve(path.join(filePath, f))
  }
]
Overwriting

When config.json file is configured to allow overwrite,

{
  "allow_overwrite": true,
}

You may overwrite a file by sending an extra query parameter with the POST request,

request(app)
  .post('/write/?overwrite=1')
  .attach('file', 'other.txt')
  .expect(200)

Delete

A file

Given a route mounted on /delete, and a file some.txt to delete on the root of an empty aliased directory ({alias:{"":"/path/"}}):

request(app)
  .delete('/delete/some.txt')
  .expect(200)

On successful delete, the route handler will return the new listing of the directory, much like a read access:

[
  {
    name:   f,
    type:   stats.isFile() ? 'file' : 'dir',
    size:   stats.size,
    mime:   mime.lookup(path.join(filePath, f)) || 'application/octet-stream',
    atime:  stats.atime,
    mtime:  stats.mtime,
    ctime:  stats.ctime,
    birthtime: stats.birthtime,
    // only if config.show_absolute_path is true
    absolute_path: path.resolve(path.join(filePath, f))
  }
]
A directory

You can delete a directory too, if the directory is not empty, you shall send an extra query parameter recursive=1 to recursively delete a directory.

request(app)
  .delete('/delete/other/?recursive=1')
  .expect(200)

On successful delete, the route handler will return the new listing of the directory, much like a read access:

[
  {
    name:   f,
    type:   stats.isFile() ? 'file' : 'dir',
    size:   stats.size,
    mime:   mime.lookup(path.join(filePath, f)) || 'application/octet-stream',
    atime:  stats.atime,
    mtime:  stats.mtime,
    ctime:  stats.ctime,
    birthtime: stats.birthtime,
    // only if config.show_absolute_path is true
    absolute_path: path.resolve(path.join(filePath, f))
  }
]

Configure aliases

When config.configurable_alias is true, the binary will add new routes to get / add / remove aliases.

Read

Given a route mounted on /, retrieve aliases object as of a directory listing

request(app)
  .get('/')
  .expect('Content-Type', /json/)
  .expect(200)

Response will be such

[
  {
    name:   aliasName,
    type:   'alias',
    size:   0
    mime:   'application/octet-stream',
    atime:  0,
    mtime:  0,
    ctime:  0,
    birthtime: 0,
    // only if config.show_absolute_path is true
    absolute_path: path.resolve(process.cwd(), config.aliases[alias])
  }
]
Get

Given a route mounted on /aliases, retrieve aliases object

request(app)
  .get('/aliases/')
  .expect('Content-Type', /json/)
  .expect(200)

Response will be such

{
  "name": "/path/",
  "name1": "/path1/",
}
Add

Given a route mounted on /add, you may add a new alias to the current configuration by doing a POST request with an alias and a path fields.

request(app)
  .post('/add/')
  .field('alias', 'name')
  .field('path', 'path of the alias')
  .expect(200)

You may persist the new configuration by sending an extra query parameter with the POST request,

request(app)
  .post('/add/?persist=1')
  .field('alias', 'name')
  .field('path', 'path of the alias')
  .expect(200)

Returns the new list of aliases as a directory listing

{
  "name": "/path/",
  "name1": "/path1/",
}
Remove

Given a route mounted on /remove, you may remove an alias of the current configuration by doing a POST request with an alias fields.

request(app)
  .post('/remove/')
  .field('alias', 'name')
  .expect(200)

You may persist the new configuration by sending an extra query parameter with the POST request,

request(app)
  .post('/remove/?persist=1')
  .field('alias', 'name')
  .expect(200)

Returns the new list of aliases as a directory listing

{
  "name": "/path/",
  "name1": "/path1/",
}

Todos

  • add range support for file streaming would be great.
  • multiple file uploads at once
  • change write method of the bin from POST to PUT
  • use POST to implement mkdir
  • provide built in client to consume the API
  • finish the tests about aliases management
  • make tests independent

Read more

Systemd

To install it as a service on systemd,

Edit a file under your home such

$ ll ~/.config/systemd/user/http-file-store.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 some some 340 17 mars  16:17 /home/some/.config/systemd/user/http-file-store.service

Change its content to

[Unit]
Description=Http file store

[Service]
ExecStart=/home/some/.nvm/versions/node/v5.0.0/bin/http-file-store -c /home/some/http-file-store.json
Restart=always
Environment=PATH=/usr/bin:/usr/local/bin
Environment=NODE_ENV=production
WorkingDirectory=/some/path/wd

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Then use those commands to start / stop / status / enable the service

systemctl -l --user start http-file-store.service
systemctl -l --user stop http-file-store.service
systemctl -l --user status http-file-store.service
systemctl -l --user enable http-file-store.service

To check the logs, user

journalctl --user-unit=http-file-store

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