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Oddworks Example Server - Single Process

This is a quick example of an Oddworks server with all services, stores, and the API running in a single process.

This is only an example and should not be used in production. You would likely want to do things differently.

This setup uses the following oddworks stores and services:

*Note: We're using fakeredis and make no guarantees about your data here. You would probably not want to use this in production.

Deploy It!

You can install this to Heroku as-is to get a quick reference API.


    Note: Auto-deploying on Heroku will generate the JWT_SECRET environment variable.


After you've cloned this repo locally, follow these steps to get it running.

Step One: Install node modules

    $ npm install

Environment Variables

You can copy over .npmrc.example into your own .npmrc file to override the default values for the dev script in package.json, or run the server as-is.

  • NODE_ENV - this environment variable will tell which environment to run node in. The default value is development.
  • PORT - this environment variable will tell which port to run the express server on. The default value is 3000.
  • JWT_SECRET - this environment variable is used as the secret used to sign your JWT tokens. The default value is secret.
  • SEED_SCRIPT - this environment variable will tell our server where to look for a seed script file. You would override this like so SEED_SCRIPT=/path/to/my/seed.js By default this is undefined and we use @oddnetworks/oddworks-example-data's nasa() seed function. Read below about Example Data

Step 2: Startup

Locally you can use the following command to start the server:

    npm run dev

We use nodemon for development to automatically reload the server for us when file changes are detected.

Step 3: Generate Your Platform Config Token

  1. Copy this json json { "channel": "nasa", "platform": "web", "aud": [ "platform" ], "iss": "urn:oddworks" }
  2. Head over to JWT.io and use the above json as the body, and use secret as the secret.
  3. Use the generated JWT string in step 4.

Step 4: Hit the /config endpoint with your new platform token

Once your server is running, you can begin making requests like so:

    $ curl -X GET -H "Authorization: Bearer YOUR_TOKEN_HERE" -H "Content-Type: application/json" "http://localhost:3000/config"

Required Headers

  • Authorization - the value here will be bearer YOUR_TOKEN_HERE. The value of your token will depend on how you deployed and your environment. See Tokens
  • Content-Type - the value here should always be application/json

The returned JWT will be your user token for all future requests.


There are 2 types of tokens used within Oddworks. Using the Oddworks SDKs this will be handle the app loading sequence for you, but for your own knowledge you should understand how tokens are used.

The high level flow is:

First App Install

  1. Generate platform token and submit app to the app store.
  2. App is downloaded by a user and opens it.
  3. /config is hit with a platform token.
  4. Since the platform token does not contain a user, /config returns a new user with a new user token to use from now on.
  5. The app saves the user token on the device.
  6. Requests to /collections, /videos, etc. use the new user token.

Repeated Usage

  1. User opens app again days later.
  2. Device loads the user token from the device.
  3. /config is hit with a user token instead of the platform token.
  4. /config now only returns its normal response and does not create a new user and token.
  5. Requests to /collections, /videos, etc. continue to use the loaded user token.

Platform Token

  "channel": "nasa",
  "platform": "web",
  "aud": [
  "iss": "urn:oddworks"

This token contains the channel and platform and is embedded into the app when you submit it to the app store. This token will only allow the device access to the /config endpoint. After hitting the /config endpoint with a platform token you will get a response that contains an automatically generated new anonymous user. This new user is saved in the user table with a new UUID. You will also get a JWT specifically for that user to use for subsequent API requests.

  "data": {
    "id": "nasa-web",
    "type": "config",
    "attributes": {
        "features": ...,
        "views": ...,
        "user": {
            "id": "5e3e073b-8477-4e3f-9061-a543a819cdff",
            "channel": "nasa",
            "type": "user"
        "jwt": "eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJjaGFubmVsIjoibmFzYSIsInBsYXRmb3JtIjoid2ViIiwidXNlciI6IjVlM2UwNzNiLTg0NzctNGUzZi05MDYxLWE1NDNhODE5Y2RmZiIsImlhdCI6MTQ2OTcxOTEwNCwiYXVkIjpbInBsYXRmb3JtIl0sImlzcyI6InVybjpvZGR3b3JrcyJ9.SOANEq0qxkiRL5u3RCAf5glYvDAMtz9LidrLvwsnaTE"

NOTE: You should save this JWT on the device forever to indicate that is a user on the device. The next time your app loads and it hits /config it will not generate a user since a user token was used.

User Token

  "channel": "nasa",
  "platform": "web",
  "user": "12345",
  "aud": [
  "iss": "urn:oddworks"

This token is identical to the platform token except it contains the user ID defined in the user table that the device is making the request for. This token is required for all API calls except for /config. The reason for this is so you can track accurate user data throughout the system.

JWT Secret

If you did not explicitly set the JWT_SECRET environment varaible, it will default to the value secret. If you deployed using the Heroku auto-deploy, this environment variable was auto-generated for you and can be found by running the following:

    $ heroku config -a your-heroku-app-name | grep JWT_SECRET

Generating Tokens

We like to use jwt.io since it provides a nice interface for generating tokens.

  1. Copy either of the token examples above.
  2. Paste it into the "PAYLOAD: DATA" section on the right.
  3. Ensure the JWT secret in the "VERIFY SIGNATURE" section matches the JWT_SECRET environment variable you have set.
  4. On the left will have a generated JWT you can copy and paste into the Authorization header.

NOTE: DO NOT submit an app to the app with a user token embedded into the app. It will yield ineffective analytics and cause you to resubmit the app to fix the problem.

Example Data

By default we use the nasa() seed function provided by the @oddnetworks/oddworks-example-data package.

If you want to override the NASA Example Data

The configuration file relies on example data and a seed script to get running. For examples of how to set this up yourself, and override the seed script using the SEED_SCRIPT environment variable, please check out the oddworks-example-data repo.

You can clone the oddworks-example-data repo, or check out seed.js.example to get an idea of how a script might work.