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Node.js Template Walkthrough

This walkthrough will help you learn how to create a Node.js microservice from scratch.

Create a microservice

In order to do so, access to Mia-Platform DevOps Console, create a new project and go to the Design area. From the Design area of your project select Microservices and then create a new one, you have now reached Mia-Platform Marketplace!
In the marketplace you will see a set of Examples and Templates that can be used to set-up microservices with a predefined and tested function.

For this walkthrough select the following template: Node.js template. After clicking on this template you will be asked to give the following information:

  • Name (Internal Hostname)
  • GitLab Group Name
  • GitLab Repository Name
  • Docker Image Name
  • Description (optional)

You can read more about this fields in Manage your Microservices from the Dev Console section of Mia-Platform documentation.

Give your microservice the name you prefer, in this walkthrough we'll refer to it with the following name: my-node-service-name. Then, fill the other required fields and confirm that you want to create a microservice. You have now generated a my-node-service-name repository that is already deployed on Mia-Platform Nexus Repository Manager once build script in CI is successful.

Save your changes

It is important to know that the microservice that you have just created is not saved yet on the DevOps Console. It is not essential to save the changes that you have made, since you will later make other modifications inside of your project in the DevOps Console.
If you decide to save your changes now remember to choose a meaningful title for your commit (e.g "created service my_node_service_name"). After some seconds you will be prompted with a popup message which confirms that you have successfully saved all your changes.
A more detailed description on how to create and save a node.js Microservice can be found in Create a Node.js Microservice tutorial section of Mia-Platform documentation.

Look inside your repository

After having created your first microservice (based on this template) you will be able to access to its git repository from the DevOps Console. Inside this repository you will find an index.js file with the following lines of code:

/* eslint require-await: 0 */
'use strict'

const customService = require('@mia-platform/custom-plugin-lib')()
/* eslint-disable-next-line no-unused-vars */
module.exports = customService(async function index(service) {

* Insert your code here.


Wonderful! You are now ready to start customizing your service! Read next section to learn how.

Add an Hello World route

Now that you have successfully created a microservice from our Node.js template you will add an hello route to it.

As you may have noticed in the snippet of code in the previous section, you will use custom-plugin-lib. In particular, you will use the following function for our library

service.addRawCustomPlugin(httpVerb, path, handler, schema)

and you will pass to it the following parameters:

  • httpVerb: "GET", the HTTP verb of the request.
  • path: /hello, the route that gives us access to the logics described in your new handler.
  • handler: helloHandler, function that contains the actual behavior. It must respect the same interface defined in the documentation of the handlers of fastify.
  • schema: helloSchema , definition of the request and response data schema. The format is the one accepted by fastify.

A more detailed description on how to use our custom-plugin-lib to define the behavior of your microservice in response to an HTTP request can be found in its related section of Mia-Platform documentation.

In order to proceed, you need to define a handler, a schema and pass them as parameters to this function.
Below, you can see how the index.js file will look like after having defined all the parameters required by service.addRawCustomPlugin function:

/* eslint require-await: 0 */
'use strict'

// handler scheme
async function helloHandler() {
const helloMessage = `Hello World`
return {
status: 200,
message: helloMessage,

// response scheme
const helloSchema = {
response: {
200: {
type: 'object',
properties: {
status: { type: 'number' },
message: { type: 'string' },

// wiring e route declaration
const customService = require('@mia-platform/custom-plugin-lib')()
/* eslint-disable-next-line no-unused-vars */
module.exports = customService(async function index(service) {
service.addRawCustomPlugin('GET', '/hello', helloHandler, helloSchema)

Visiting the defined route: /hello through a GET request, you will execute the helloHandler. Thanks to its execution, you obtain a response structured as helloSchema:

{"status":200,"message":"Hello World"}

After committing these changes to your repository, you can go back to Mia Platform DevOps Console.

Expose an endpoint to your microservice

In order to access to your new microservice it is necessary to create an endpoint that targets it. Follow this link to learn how to create an endpoint from the DevOps Console.

In particular, in this walkthrough you will create an endpoint to your my-node-service-name. To do so, from the Design area of your project select Endpoints and then create a new endpoint. Now you need to choose a path for your endpoint and to connect this endpoint to our microservice. Give to your endpoint the following path: /greetings. Then, specify that you want to connect your endpoint to a microservice and, finally, select my-node-service-name.

Save again your changes

After having created an endpoint to your microservice you should save the changes that you have done to your project in the DevOps console, in a similar way to what you have previously done after the microservice creation.


Once all the changes that you have made are saved, you should deploy your project through the DevOps Console. Go to the Deploy area of the DevOps Console.
Once here select the environment and the branch you have worked on and confirm your choices clicking on the deploy button. When the deploy process is finished you will receive a pop-up message that will inform you.
Follow this link to learn how to correctly deploy your project.

Try it

Now, if you launch the following command on your terminal (remember to replace <YOUR_PROJECT_HOST> with the real host of your project):

curl <YOUR_PROJECT_HOST>/greetings/hello

you should see the following message:

{"status":200,"message":"Hello World"}

Congratulations! You have successfully learnt how to modify a blank template into an Hello World Node.js microservice!