Help:Toolforge/My first NodeJS OAuth tool

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Node.js webservices are well supported on Toolforge. Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform JavaScript run-time environment that executes JavaScript code server-side. This tutorial is designed to get a sample Node.js application installed onto Toolforge as quickly as possible. The application is written using the Node.js API and module passport-mediawiki-oauth that allows you to authenticate using MediaWiki in your Node.js applications. The guide will teach you how to:

  • Create a new tool
  • Run a Node.js webservice on Kubernetes
  • Allow webservice visitors to authenticate using MediaWiki via a Node.js OAuth module

Getting started




Steps to completion

  • Create a new tool account
  • Create a basic Node.js webservice
  • Add a configuration file
  • Add support for OAuth authentication

Step-by-step guide

Step 1: Create a new tool account

  1. Create a new tool account.
    • For the examples in this tutorial, <TOOL NAME> is used to indicate places where your unique tool name is used in another command.
  2. SSH to
    • If your local username is different from your shell account name on Toolforge, you will need to include your Toolforge shell account name in your ssh command (i.e. <shell_username> See Help:Access for more information on using SSH.
  3. Run become <TOOL NAME> to change to the tool user.

Step 2: Create a basic Node.js webservice

What is Node.js?

Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform JavaScript run-time environment that executes JavaScript code server-side.

Create a "My first node.js oauth tool!" application

The webservice will run on Kubernetes. Using --backend kubernetes is recommended so your code is executed with node version v6.9.1.

$ mkdir -p $HOME/www/js
Create the $HOME/www/js directory for your application
$ webservice --backend=kubernetes nodejs shell
This will ensure that your app uses a more recent version of node and installs dependencies smoothly.
$ npm init
This command will initialize your project and will download a package.json file in your app folder.
$ npm install express --save
This will install the express module which we will use in the app. In addition, it will save the package to the dependency list in `package.json`

Place the following code in $HOME/www/js/server.js:


 This file is part of the Toolforge Node.js tutorial

 Copyright (C) 2018 Srishti Sethi and contributors

 This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it
 under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free
 Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option)
 any later version.

 This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT
 ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or
 FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for
 more details.

 You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
 with this program.  If not, see <>.


var express = require( "express" );
var app = express();

app.get( "/", function ( req, res ) {
	res.send( "My first node.js oauth tool!" );

app.listen( process.env.PORT || 5000, function () {
	console.log( "Node.js app listening on port 5000!" );

Note: The 'server.js' file above starts with a license header that places it under the GPLv3+ license.

Code on Toolforge must be licensed under an Open Source Initiative (OSI) approved license. See the Right to fork policy for more information on this Toolforge policy.

Start the webservice

$ webservice --backend kubernetes nodejs start
Starting webservice. Use webservice --backend=kubernetes nodejs restart to restart it after a code change.

Once the webservice is started, navigate to<TOOL NAME>/ in your web browser, and see a 'My first node.js oauth tool!' message. Exit out of the Nodejs shell and return to the SSH session on the bastion.

$ exit

Expected file layout

├── logs
├── service.manifest
└── www
    └── js
        ├── node_modules
        ├── package.json
        └── server.js


  • If you run into errors doing npm install, try LINK=g++ npm install
  • If you can't access the kubectl executable, could it be that you started a webservice shell and didn't exit it?
  • Find you container's name by running kubectl get pods and use that name to check your container's logs: kubectl logs -f $MY_CONTAINER_NAME
  • If you are using a very old node version (e.g. v0.10.25) use the Grid Engine backend: webservice --backend=gridengine nodejs start|stop|restart

Step 3: Add support for OAuth authentication

OAuth is a safe mechanism for authenticating a Wikimedia user in the application. For the basics, read more about OAuth on

Install dependencies and save it to package.json file

passport-mediawiki-oauth module supports making OAuth requests to MediaWiki.

$ webservice --backend=kubernetes nodejs shell
If you don't see a command prompt, try pressing enter.
$ npm install ejs express-session passport passport-mediawiki-oauth --save
ejs@2.6.1 node_modules/ejs

passport@0.4.0 node_modules/passport
├── pause@0.0.1
└── passport-strategy@1.0.0

express-session@1.15.6 node_modules/express-session
├── cookie-signature@1.0.6
├── utils-merge@1.0.1
├── cookie@0.3.1
├── parseurl@1.3.2
├── on-headers@1.0.1
├── depd@1.1.2
├── crc@3.4.4
├── uid-safe@2.1.5 (random-bytes@1.0.0)
└── debug@2.6.9 (ms@2.0.0)

passport-mediawiki-oauth@0.1.0 node_modules/passport-mediawiki-oauth
├── jwt-simple@0.5.1
├── pkginfo@0.2.3
└── passport-oauth@0.1.15 (oauth@0.9.15, passport@0.1.18)
$ exit

Update the application code

Here is our new $HOME/www/js/server.js file:

The new server.js file uses express.router middleware that helps mount this sub-app on with app.use('/nodejs-mw-oauth-tool', router); remember to replace the name of the tool with your own.

It uses the Ejs template system that is built into Node.js that allows rendering data to views.

The code in server.js uses express.static middleware function to serve templates from the $HOME/www/js/public/views directory.

$ mkdir $HOME/www/js/public/views
$ edit $HOME/www/js/public/views/index.ejs
<!-- views/index.ejs -->
<meta charset="UTF-8">
<h3>My first nodejs oauth app</h3>
<% if(user) { %>
    <p>Greetings, <%= user.displayName %>! <a href="<%= url %>/logout">Click to logout</a></p>
<% } else { %>
	<p><a href="<%= url %>/login">Click here to login</a></p>
<% } %>

Add a configuration file to $HOME/www/js/config.js to contain OAuth secrets

  1. Register a new OAuth consumer.
  2. As callback URL, use:<TOOL NAME>/auth/mediawiki/callback As contact e-mail address, use the e-mail address linked to your Wikimedia unified account.
  3. Keep the default grant settings ('Request authorization for specific permissions.' with just 'Basic rights' selected)
    • You will be able to use your own account before the consumer has been approved.
  4. Copy the consumer token and secret token values that are generated. These are needed for the config.js file.[note 1]
$ touch $HOME/www/js/config.js
$ chmod 600 $HOME/www/js/config.js
$ vim $HOME/www/js/config.js
var config = {};

config.consumer_key = "the consumer token value from your OAuth consumer registration";
config.consumer_secret = "the secret token value from your OAuth consumer registration";

module.exports = config;

Restart the webservice

 $ webservice --backend kubernetes nodejs restart
Restarting webservice...

Once the webservice has restarted, navigate to<TOOL NAME>/ in your web browser to see the new landing page.

Try using the login and logout links to test out the OAuth integration.

See also



  1. While in testing, and using a basic permission consumer, it is harmless to leave the permissions for the config file as the default. However, best practices is to restrict reading to the required users, hence the chmod 600.