Simple Rest client for node
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Fast, simple, powerfull rest client for node.

var trestcjs = require('trestcjs')
var options = {resdecod:{type:'json'}}


$ npm install trestcjs


  • Typical http method allowed (GET,POST,PUT,DELETE)
  • Allow http and https request
  • Allow convert automatically request data from js to JSON,XML,FORM or Direct
  • Allow parse automatically data reponse from JSON or XML to js
  • Redirection automatic negotation
  • Allow custom log request implementation
  • Powefull configuration.


General Rest request:

    trestcjs.http_get(host,port,path,pathparams,options,callback); //No Data. Also https_get
    trestcjs.http(method,host,port,path,pathparams,data,options,callback);//Added parameter method. Also https


Valid operations are:

  • http_get : HTTP/GET
  • http_post : HTTP/POST
  • http_put : HTTP/PUT
  • http_delete : HTTP/DELETE
  • https_get : HTTPS/GET
  • https_post : HTTPS/POST
  • https_put : HTTPS/PUT
  • https_delete : HTTPS/DELETE
  • http : HTTP/XXX (In this case function has an extra parameter method to indicate the method to use)
  • https : HTTPS/XXX (In this case function has an extra parameter method to indicate the method to use)

Function Parameters

  • host: domain/ip to request (
  • port: port to request (typical 80 in http and 443 in https)
  • path: path to request (/path/to/resource)
  • options: options, will be described later
  • data: Data to send with request. Can be a string or a Javascript object that can be converted by client to JSON, XML or url-form-encoded depending on options
  • pathparams: object with parameters to include to path. For example {value=1,other=2} modify path to ?value=1&value=2
  • callback: callback for response. Standard (error,response)


If you want to make a PUT request to with xml data : <node> <node1>value</node1> <node2>value</node2> <node> just:

var trestcjs = require('trestcjs')
var options = {reqdecod:{type:'xml',xmlhead:'node'}}
var pathparams = {value:1,other:2}
var data = {node1:value,node2:value}
    //Response here...

Other Example. If you want to make a POST with a form with data a=1 and b = 2 to

var trestcjs = require('trestcjs')
var options = {reqdecod:{type:'form'}}
var data = {a:1,b:2}
    //Response here...


trestcjs has several options parameters. All of them are object (except trace that is boolean) and can be included in options or not (they are not mandatory)

  • headers
  • auth
  • cert
  • reqdecod
  • resdecod
  • trace
  • log

Headers Options

trestcjs allow custom header parameter. Any parameter that you include in the object header will include in the header of request. For example you can set headers['SOAPAction'] = 'blabla' and this parameter will be received from server in headers. Remember that http headers are case INsensitive. One aclaration, by default, trestcjs include the parameter 'accept-encoding' as 'gzip, deflate' but you can rewrite including this parameter in header or removing just setting to '' => headers['accept-encoding'] = ''

Auth Options

Right now the only supported authorization method is Basic Auth, you set it as:

auth : {
  type : 'basic',
  username: 'your username',
  password: 'your password'

Cert Options

You can include cert key/secret and even cert authority:

cert : {
  key: 'local/path/to/key',
  cert: 'local/path/to/cert',
  ca: 'local/path/to/ca'

More information in the official node documentation:


This object allow configure request decoding (data and text). Fields:

reqdecod : {
  type: 'xml', //Valid xml, json, form and direct
  encoding: 'utf-8' //text encoding of request

If you set reqdecod.type, system will use this as a data converter and will set automatically content-type. If you don't set this, check if you set content-type and if not just assign direct Allowed encoding:


Same as reqdecod. If type is not set, check content-type in headers of response

resdecod : {
  type: 'xml', //Valid xml, json, form and direct
  encoding: 'utf-8' //text encoding of request


If you set this field in options and set as true, the callback of response will include two extrafields : statusCode and trace. Trace is an object with all data/headers/information of request and response with:

trace : {
  req: {} // Object with request data
  res: {} //Object with response data


If you want to include your own asyncronous log, you have to set this field with the "log tag" you want for the current request.

log : {
  tag: "YourRulesTag" // Your custom tag to identify request

Custom log will be explained later

Response and error

Callback will have 2 or 4 parameters: error,data[,statusCode,trace] when statusCode or trace only will be included if trace=true or log.tag exists.

  • 2XX response If a request receive a 2XX code, will be considered as ok request and the callback will have error=null and data="body of response already converted if type apply"
  • 4xx/5xx response If a request receive a 4XX or 5XX code will be considered as an error with error=THEERROR and data=null (if a request has body data, you can check it in trace) Error format:
  code //The error code
  msg //Message of this error
  (info) //Extra info of error, not mandatory
  (statusCode) //Error received from server (4XX,5XX). If trestcjs doesnt receive response (timeout or unreachable) then this field will not exists
  • 3xx response trestcjs will continue with request making automatically the redirection. If it's impossible to follow or is a continoous loop (max depth:5) then will response with error Format explained before


Is possible to create a custom and async log procedure. If you set log.tag in a request, trestcjs will emit two events: "requestStart" and "requestEnd" when request is sended and response is received (respectively). To subscribe to event just:



tag is log.tag you assign to request, trace is equal to trace in callback but only trace.req or trace.res depending on if is requestStart Event or requestEnd event



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