NodeJS Contract

NodeJS Requirements

The following defines the requirements to run the NodeJS module in the Section platform:


  • HTTP server listening a port defined by process.env.PORT for HTTP/1.1 — never using HTTPS or any other port.
  • In the event communicating upstream or to another service you must connect to next-hop:80 as HTTP, never HTTPS. The platform will ensure next-hop resolves to the next proxy in the chain or the origin — whichever is next upstream.
  • Proxy must handle logs according to these requirements:
    • All log files must be written under the /var/log/nodejs directory.
  • Your config must contain a .gitignore file which ignores the node_modules directory.
  • Your NodeJS config must contain a package-lock.jsonfile which is generated by npm.
  • Your NodeJS application must contain a npm start script which must start your HTTP server.


  • Your application should handle run time errors which does not crash the application.

Things you can rely on

  • Module can expect X-Forwarded-Proto request header will equal “https” for HTTPS connections from the browser. Assume HTTP otherwise.
  • Module can expect X-Forwarded-For request header will be present.
  • Module can expect a True-Client-IP header of the IP address of the client connecting to the Section servers.