Integrate Node.js REST APIs

NodeJS is an extremely popular way to quickly and securely build RESTful APIs. Moesif is a great addition to your NodeJS API stack to cover everything from analytics to helping you set up metered billing.

Building your API is just the first step. Once built, you need to keep customers and services using the API happy. Moesif is the tool to help you do exactly that. Integrating Moesif with your NodeJS API can be done in a few simple steps.

Create your Moesif Account

If you don’t already have a Moesif account, You’ll want to sign up. Once you’re registered you’ll need to add in a few details.

Moesif create account first screen

These include:

  • Organization Name
  • the name of your organization or company
  • App Name
  • the name of the app you are integrating with Moesif
  • What best matches your role?
  • Here you can describe what your current role is at your organization. This helps us to assist you with relevant hints and tips in the future.
  • What are you hoping to achieve?
  • Here you can let us know how you'll use Moesif to help your organization or project.

Once you’ve filled out these details, click Next. After this, you’ll be presented with a brief overview of Moesif.

Moesif create account overview screen

Click Next once again.

Add the Moesif integration code

After the Overview screen, you’ll be presented with the Quick Install screen. Here you can pick from any different server integrations and plugins. For NodeJS we want to make sure NodeJS is selected in the left pane and that the NodeJS walkthrough is displayed on the right.

Moesif config screen with Node integration info displayed

Once selected, follow Step 1 on the screen and add the SDK to your project via npm. To do this, in your terminal (ensure that you are in your projects root directory) run the following:

npm install --save moesif-nodejs

When the command completes, the SDK will be added to your project. You should see in the package.json that Moesif NodeJS SDK has been added. For reference, it will look like this:

package.json screen sample with moesif-js package

Next, you’ll want to add the integration code into your app. To do this, at the top of your file import the newly installed SDK. Add the following line to your code:

const moesif = require('moesif-nodejs');

Once that line is added, you’ll then need to create a variable to hold your middleware configuration. To do that, add the following line to your code:

const moesifMiddleware = moesif({
  applicationId: 'MOESIF_APPLICATION_ID',

  // Optional hook to link API calls to users
  identifyUser: function (req, res) {
    return req.user ? req.user.id : undefined;
  },
});

The above lines of code configure the Moesif middleware component in your node program. There are lots of other option you can add to the configuration, this just sticks to the basics. To learn more about configuration options for the middleware, check out our NodeJS integration guide.

Finally, you’ll need to actually apply and use the middleware in your application. To do that, add the following line to your code:

app.use(moesifMiddleware);

Using this, the middleware is then bound to the instance of the app object.

Save your code and deploy your updated API.

After adding the above code, your API will now send events through to Moesif. For reference, I have provided a simple code example of a NodeJS API below:

const express = require('express')
const moesif = require('moesif-nodejs');

const app = express()
const port = 5000

const moesifMiddleware = moesif({
  applicationId: 'MOESIF_APPLICATION_ID',

  // Optional hook to link API calls to users
  identifyUser: function (req, res) {
    return req.user ? req.user.id : undefined;
  },
});

app.use(moesifMiddleware);

app.get('/', (req, res) => {
  res.send('Hello World!');
})

app.listen(port, () => {
  console.log(`Example app listening at http://localhost:${port}`);
})

Fire off your first request

Once your API code is back up and running, it’s time to issue a request to your endpoint. My preference for this is to use Postman to send the GET request.

Regardless of how the request is sent, the Moesif integration into your application isn’t complete until the first request is sent and detected by Moesif. In the Moesif setup screen, before you send off the request, you should see a dialog at the bottom of the screen showing “No data received yet.”

Moesif no data received onboarding screen

To continue, send off the request to your endpoint.

Confirm your integration

After the request is sent, Moesif should receive the event and data. This may take a few moments for the first request to reflect in the system, once sent. Once received, Moesif will confirm that you are ready to move forward. The previous prompt will turn green and show “Data Received!”.

Moesif data received onboarding screen

Lastly, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Next.

Moesif next button

Invite your team

The final step in the setup is to invite your team. The next screen is where you can do this quickly and easily.

Moesif invite team screen

If you’d like to add a team member, simply add their email and click Send Invite.If you don’t have any team members yet or want to skip this step, you can always add team members later.

Once you’ve added all the team members you want, click Finish.

Explore Moesif!

You’ve now successfully integrated your API application with Moesif. You should now see the Moesif dashboard in the browser, ready to explore.

Moesif dashboard with event received

Now that your API is integrated and moving data into Moesif you can start to explore. Check out our docs to find everything from API analytics, monitoring and alerts, and more!

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