An isomorphic web framework built on top of Node.js, AngularJS, express and PostgreSQL.


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Node on Fire :fire:

An isomorphic web framework built on top of Node.js, AngularJS, PostgreSQL, Express, Knex.js and more.

Express with dependency injection

Dependency injection is also available on the back-end side, which makes creating Express routes super easy.'/api/users', function(UserModel, request) {
    return UserModel.create(request.body)
        .then(function(user) {
            return user;

Isomorphic services

All your services are available on both the front- and back-end. This makes it easy to create isomorphic services. The below TextService is available on the front- and back-end.

app.service(function TextService() {
    this.slugify = function(text) {
        return text.toString().toLowerCase()
        .replace(/\s+/g, '-')
        .replace(/[àáâãäå]+/g, 'a')
        .replace(/[èéêë]+/g, 'e')
        .replace(/[ìíîï]+/g, 'i')
        .replace(/[òóôõö]+/g, 'o')
        .replace(/[ùúûü]+/g, 'u')
        .replace(/\\s+/g, "")
        .replace(/æ+/g, "ae")
        .replace(/ç+/g, "c")
        .replace(/ñ"+/g, 'n')
        .replace(/œ+/g, "oe")
        .replace(/[ýÿ]+/g, 'y')
        .replace(/\\W+/g, '')
        .replace(/[^\w\-]+/g, '')
        .replace(/\-\-+/g, '-')
        .replace(/^-+/, '')
        .replace(/-+$/, '');

Easy data model creation

It's easy to declare your data model and all associations (one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many).

var fire = require('fire');
var app ='todomvc');

app.model(function TodoItem(TodoListModel) {
    this.list = [this.BelongsTo(TodoListModel), this.Required]; = [this.String, this.Required];
    this.completed = [this.Boolean, this.Required, this.Default(false)];
    this.createdAt = [this.DateTime, this.Default('CURRENT_TIMESTAMP')];

app.model(function TodoList(TodoItemModel) {
    this.items = [this.HasMany(TodoItemModel), this.AutoFetch];
    this.createdAt = [this.DateTime, this.Default('CURRENT_TIMESTAMP')];

Integrated A/B testing

It's trivial to create A/B tests. Tests work with your existing analytics service e.g. Mixpanel.

app.controller('/', function StartController(TextOfButtonTest, $scope) {
    if(TextOfButtonTest.getVariant() == 'A') {
        $scope.buttonText = 'Register for FREE';
    else {
        $scope.buttonText = 'Register now';

Migration-based schema changes

All changes to your data model are applied in migrations. Migrations are automatically generated based on the changes of your models.

exports = module.exports = Migration;

function Migration() {

Migration.prototype.up = function() {
    this.models.createModel('TodoItem', {
        id: [this.UUID, this.CanUpdate(false)],
        list: [this.BelongsTo(this.models.TodoList), this.Required],
        name: [this.String, this.Required],
        createdAt: [this.DateTime, this.Default('CURRENT_TIMESTAMP')]

    this.models.createModel('TodoList', {
        id: [this.UUID, this.CanUpdate(false)],
        items: [this.HasMany(this.models.TodoItem)],
        createdAt: [this.DateTime, this.Default('CURRENT_TIMESTAMP')]

Migration.prototype.down = function() {

Config management

All your config is stored in the .env file, but you can use the fire command line interface to manage the config. You can e.g. set NODE_ENV to production by invoking fire config:set NODE_ENV=production or view your config by invoking fire config.

$ fire config
NODE_ENV:     development
SESSION_KEYS: XI4frrvs+z1JU9auFEmOIAtM...FL3di8Eysw==
DATABASE_URL: postgres:[email protected]/todomvc

Create workers

Easily create workers which execute background tasks.

function MailWorker() {

MailWorker.prototype.sendResetPasswordMail = function(user, resetPassword) {
    var defer = Q.defer();

    mandrill('/messages/send', {
        message: {
            to: [{
    }, defer.makeNodeResolver());

    return defer.promise;

It's easy to queue a background task which the worker executes in a worker process.'/api/forgot-password', function(request, MailWorker, UserModel) {
    return UserModel.getMe(request).then(function(user) {
        return MailWorker.sendResetPassword(user, user.resetPassword);

Next steps

Getting started

Install Node on Fire globally:

$ npm install -g fire

Create your first app:

$ fire apps:create helloworld

Run your app:

$ cd helloworld/
$ fire run


For additional reading and documentation please visit

Beta releases

From version 0.41.0 and later, every odd numbered minor release is a beta release. Every even numbered minor release is considered a stable release.


Open an issue over at GitHub or send a tweet to @nodeonfire.

Module stats last updated: 2017-03-22 15:00:07

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