Get Started

This tutorial will walk you through creating a Restful API managing a Todo data with some security features. The detail requirements of our API will be like below.

  • User register using email, name and password .
  • Provided login using email and password which returned JWT token.
  • Provide CRUD for TODO data, any user can create TODO, but only the owner of TODO can modify and delete it.
  • Provide CRUD to add comment to specific TODO, any user can add comments to specific TODO, but only the owner can modify and delete it
  • Provide endpoint to upload picture used for user profile picture

List of endpoints will be created for above requirements are like below.

FunctionsPathHttp MethodAccessible By
User registration/usersPOSTPublic
User login/loginPOSTPublic
Create a TODO/todosPOSTAll login users
Modify/delete TODO by ID/todos/:idPUT PATCH DELETEOwner of TODO
Get TODO by id/todos/:id?selectGETAll login users
Get list of TODOs with filter and pagination/todos?filterGETPublic
Add comment to specific todo/todos/:pid/commentsPOSTAll login users
Modify/remove comment to specific todo/todos/:pid/comments/:idPUT PATCH DELETEOwner of comment


To be able to follow this example you need some software installed in your computer.

  • Node.js v10 or newer
  • Any terminal app
  • Any text editor (VSCode preferred)

Confirm that Node.js installed properly on your machine by execute command below in your terminal

node -v

Init Project#

To get started we need to download blank Plumier project starter from GitHub repository. In this example we will use Degit to download it. Execute commands below in your terminal

npx degit plumier/starter#blank plumier-get-started

Above command will download Degit locally then download Plumier blank project starter into plumier-get-started directory.


If you having problem executing npx you can manually install Degit globally

npm i -g degit

Then followed by executing Degit manually like below

degit plumier/starter#blank plumier-get-started

Enter to the project directory by executing command below

cd plumier-get-started

Install package dependencies by executing command below

npm install

Project Starter File Structure#

Open the project directory using your favorite text editor or IDE, on this example we will use VSCode.

Plumier blank project starter contains minimal files required to create API with Node.js and TypeScript. The project structure is like below

- src/
- index.ts // main entry of Plumier application
- tsconfig.json // typescript configuration file
- package.json // Node.js package configuration

There are more project starter available on the plumier/starter repository on each appropriate branch.

Add Dependencies#

Next step we will install some NPM package required to build our API. The project starter already provided some basic packages required.

Next we will install TypeORM package for data access, we will use SQLite 3 database to store the user data. TypeORM supported several databases so it will be possible to change your configuration later appropriately.

Back to your terminal and execute command below

npm i --save typeorm @plumier/typeorm sqlite3

Above code will install TypeORM package, Plumier TypeORM helper and SQLite driver into the package configuration file.

npm i --save @plumier/jwt jsonwebtoken @types/jsonwebtoken @plumier/jwt bcryptjs @types/bcryptjs
npm i --save @plumier/swagger

Bootstrap Application#

import Plumier, { ControllerFacility, WebApiFacility } from "plumier";
import dotenv from "dotenv"
import { TypeORMFacility } from "@plumier/typeorm";
import { JwtAuthFacility } from "@plumier/jwt";
import { SwaggerFacility } from "@plumier/swagger";
new Plumier()
.set(new WebApiFacility())
.set(new TypeORMFacility())
.set(new ControllerFacility({controller: "./*/*-entity.{ts,js}"}))
.set(new JwtAuthFacility())
.set(new SwaggerFacility())
.listen(process.env.PORT ?? 8000)

User Entity#

Now we can start modelling our User by creating TypeORM entity. We define User entity with properties below

File: src/user/user-entity.ts
import { applyTo, authorize, preSave, route, val } from "plumier"
import { Column, Entity } from "typeorm"
import { EntityBase } from "../_shared/entity-base"
import { genSalt, hash } from "bcryptjs"
@route.ignore(applyTo("get", "put", "patch", "delete"))
export class User extends EntityBase {
email: string
password: string
name: string
@Column({ default: "User" })
role: "Admin" | "User"
async hashPassword() {
this.password = await hash(this.password, await genSalt())

Add Configuration File#

Next we will add TypeORM configuration to be able to connect to our database. We will connect to SQLite in memory database. Open .env file and copy paste source code below

TYPEORM_ENTITIES = src/index.ts

Enable Swagger#

Next we will also add Swagger to our project for our front end developer to be able to inspect the request and response of our API.

npm i --save @plumier/swagger

Run The Project#

Our project now is ready to start, go back to terminal app and execute command below

npm start

If you are follow the steps above correctly, the terminal will print output like below

> plumier-get-started@1.0.0 start /inheritance
> ts-node-dev --inspect --no-deps -- src/index
Using ts-node version 8.10.1, typescript version 3.9.3
Debugger listening on ws://
For help, see:
Route Analysis Report
1. TypeORMControllerGeneric.list -> GET /api/v1/users
2. -> POST /api/v1/users
3. TypeORMControllerGeneric.get(id) -> GET /api/v1/users/:id
4. TypeORMControllerGeneric.modify -> PATCH /api/v1/users/:id
5. TypeORMControllerGeneric.replace -> PUT /api/v1/users/:id
6. TypeORMControllerGeneric.delete(id) -> DELETE /api/v1/users/:id
Server ready http://localhost:8000/

Securing Resources#

We will also add login functionalities to our project using JWT token, and hash password using bcrypt. Install the appropriate packages like below.

npm i --save jsonwebtoken @types/jsonwebtoken @plumier/jwt bcryptjs @types/bcryptjs
JWT_SECRET = very secret key
File: src/user/user-entity.ts
import { preSave, val, authorize } from "plumier"
import { genSalt, hash } from "bcryptjs"
import { Column, Entity, PrimaryGeneratedColumn } from "typeorm"
export class User {
id: number
email: string
name: string
password: string
@Column({ default: "User" })
role: "User" | "Admin"
async preSaveHook() {
const salt = await genSalt()
this.password = await hash(this.password, salt)