confix
Common configuration utilities and helpers for applications
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Common configuration utilities and helpers for applications

Installation

Node

$ npm install --save confix

Defining Your Configuration

Configuration Files

confix requires you to define your configuration in files using the JSON format. All files conforming to the JSON format are valid configuration files.

Storing Configuration

Within your application directory structure, designate a sub-directory to hold configuration files. All configuration files must reside within this directory for confix to access them.

Each configuration file must have the extension .json for confix to read it. The name of the file will be the baseName for configuration configuration. For example, naming your configuration file server.json would mean the baseName for that configuration is server.

You may choose to store all configuration values in one configuration file. However we recommend you consider logically split your configuration values baed on your application. For example, we could create configuration for a web-application as follows:

  • server.json - stores the configuration values for the express server.
  • redis.json - stores the configuration values for redis server.
  • db.json - store configuration values for database connectivity

Environment Specific Settings

Every application may have configuration values which vary between different environments. To accomodate this, confix supports file-names which contain the name of the environment suffixed to the baseName. For example:

  • server.json - the common configuration available in all environments.
  • server.development.json - the configuration values for the development environment.
  • server.testing.json - the configuration values for the testing environment.
  • server.production.json - the configuration values for the production environment.

Environment labels are not limited to the above examples. You may choose any label for your environment you wish.

confix uses the environment variable NODE_ENV to detect the environment in which the application is running via process.env. If NODE_ENV is not set, the environment defaults to development.

Order of Configuration Overrides

Environment specific configuration files can override common settings. Below is the order confix uses to select environment specific settings:

  1. First retrieve all configuration values from <baseName>.json configuration file.
  2. If it exists, retrieve all configuration values from <baseName>.<environment>.json configuration file.
  3. Merge configuration values retrieved from <baseName>.json, overriding those whose keys are also available in this file.

Therefore the <baseName>.json file is a good place to put configuration values common to all environments.

Injecting Environment Variables

confix also provides the ability to inject system environment variables for configuration values. You can accomplish this by delimiting your configuration values between a pair of {}. Example:

{
  "host": "{APP_HOST}",
  "port": 3000
}

In the above example, the host configuration key will get a value localhost if the APP_HOST system environment variable is set to the same.

Usage

var confix = require('confix');

var cfg, serverConfig, redisConfig;

// initialize confix to point to the directory containing the configuration files
confix.init('./config');

// assuming we have server.json, redis.json in our configuration files directory
serverConfig = confix.getConfig('server');
redisConfig = confix.getConfig('redis');

// retrieves both server and redis configuration values
cfg = config.getConfig('server', 'redis');

serverConfig;		// contains all configuration values from server.json
redisConfig;		// contains all configuration values from redis.json

cfg.server;		// contains all configuration values from server.json
cfg.redis;		// contains all configuration values from redis.json

License

Copyright (c) 2015, intuitivcloud Systems <engineering@intuitivcloud.com> All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

  • Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

  • Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

  • Neither the name of signalman nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

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