Gatsby Functions provides an Express-like architecture that simplifies building Node.js APIs. We include a number of middlewares to parse common request data as well as response helpers.

Data formats

We parse commonly used data types. You can parse more by adding custom middleware. Data available by default on the req object:

  • Cookies at req.cookies
  • URL Queries (e.g. api/foo?query=foo) at req.query
  • Form parameters and data at req.body
  • JSON POST bodies at req.body
  • Files uploaded from forms at req.files

Response helpers

  • res.send(body) — returns the response. The body can be a string, object, or buffer
  • res.json(body) — returns a JSON response. The body can be any value that can be seralized with JSON.stringify()
  • res.status(statusCode) — set the HTTP status for the response. Defaults to 200.
  • res.redirect([statusCode], url) — Returns a redirect to a URL. Optionally set the statusCode which defaults to 302.

Custom middleware

Custom Connect/Express middleware are supported.

An example of how to add CORS support to a Function:

Custom body parsing

Generally useful for file upload support.

This is not yet supported. Add a comment in the discussion if this is an important use case for you.