user3293156 user3293156 - 19 days ago 9
Javascript Question

Get restify REST API server to support both HTTPS and HTTP

I am using node.js restify ver4.0.3

The simple following code works as a simple REST API server that supports HTTP. An example API call is http://127.0.0.1:9898/echo/message

var restify = require('restify');

var server = restify.createServer({
name: 'myapp',
version: '1.0.0'
});
server.use(restify.acceptParser(server.acceptable));
server.use(restify.queryParser());
server.use(restify.bodyParser());

//http://127.0.0.1:9898/echo/sdasd
server.get('/echo/:name', function (req, res, next) {
res.send(req.params);
return next();
});

server.listen(9898, function () {
console.log('%s listening at %s', server.name, server.url);
});


Suppose I want to support HTTPS and make the API call https://127.0.0.1:9898/echo/message

How can this be done?

I noticed that restify code changes pretty fast and older code with older version may not work with the latest version.

Answer

To use HTTPS, you need a key and a certificate:

var https_options = {
  key: fs.readFileSync('/etc/ssl/self-signed/server.key'),
  certificate: fs.readFileSync('/etc/ssl/self-signed/server.crt')
};
var https_server = restify.createServer(https_options);

You will need to declare the same route twice (create a custom function for it), for allowing both HTTP and HTTPS access:

http_server.listen(80, function() {
   console.log('%s listening at %s', http_server.name, http_server.url);
});.
https_server.listen(443, function() {
   console.log('%s listening at %s', https_server.name, https_server.url);
});.

To configure routes to server, and redirect between them as needed:

http_server.get('/1', function (req, res, next) {
    res.redirect('https://www.foo.com/1', next);
    next();
});
https_server.get('/1', function (req, res, next) {
    // Process the request   
});

The above listens to requests to a route /1 and simply redirects it to the HTTPS server which processes it.