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SB Clean Blog Node

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Before you begin, make sure your development environment inlcudes the following technologies:

1) Node.js

We recommend you use the latest LTS version of node, which is currently 12.x

To get node, go to

To check your node version run the following in terminal:

node --version

2) Postgres

Our Chosen ORM in Node is TypeORM. TypeORM suports most major databases

We prefer the very popular and open source postgres.

If desiered it should be relatively trivial to switch databases.

Note: db scripts at scripts/db/ have not been tested with any other databases besides postgres

To get postgres, go to or install via homebrew

Note: If you install via homebrew, don't forget to run brew services start postgresql

To check your postgres version run the following in terminal:

psql --version

To set up a new user in postgres type the following in terminal (It will prompt you for a password):

createuser newuser --pwprompt --createdb # newuser can be any username you choose

NOTE: Remember the username password you use here. You will need to add it into .env

Test that you can log in to postgres:

psql -U newuser template1

Common postgres commands can be found in: NOTES/

Quick Start

Download the repo

git clone
cd sb-clean-blog-node

1) Set up .env

cp .env.sample .env

Open .env and change the values for:

JWT_SECRET=CHANGE_ME__STRING # make up a random string

2) Install dependencies

npm install

3) Reset the database

This command:

  • drops the current database
  • recreates the databse
  • runs all migrations
  • creates the root user
  • seeds the db with random posts
npm run db:reset # See the next command if you have issues with this command

If you receive an error function uuid_generate_v4() does not exist then run the command:

npm run db:uuid

This will add the extension uuid-ossp to the template1 databse.

You will then need to run npm run db:reset again

4) Start the server

npm start

You should be able to hit http://localhost:8200/api/latest/health

5) Run the front end (sb-clean-blog-angular)

Follow the README at sb-clean-blog-angular


Unit Tests are named *.test.ts and are located in the same directory as the file they are testing.

Unit Tests

npm run test

# To keep the test runner going as you devleop tests use:
npm run test:watch

To run a specific test, you can do:

npm run test:one -- -t=[string]

View Coverage

npm run serve:coverage


# typeOrm cli help
npm run cli -- -h

# Create a migration
npm run db:migration:generate -- -n my-migration

# Run migrations 
npm run db:migration:run


SB Clean Blog Node comes with a Dockerfile and build scripts.

You can get Docker here

# Be sure to build the app first
npm run build

# Then build the docker image
npm run docker:build

# Then run the image
npm run docker:run

If you intend to use this in production, you will need to modify the run script: scripts/docker/docker-run.ts to change the .env variables to point to your production postgres instance.

You will also need to develop a way to initialize and run migrations on the production database. One option is to set you local .env to temporarily point to your production database and run the commands locally.


Lint Code

npm run lint

Fix all fixable lint errors

npm run lint:fix

Check if any tslint rules conflick with prettier

npm run lint:check


To run in debug mode

npm run debug

To debug tsonfig

node_modules/.bin/tsc --showConfig -p ./src/
node_modules/.bin/tsc --showConfig -p ./src/tsconfig.spec.json

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License: MIT
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Open Source Nodejs Backend with TypeScript
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