2.4.3 Nodejs Quickstart


Some time last year we released our original Node.js blog. If you go back and read that blog, you'll notice that it requires tons of building from source, and though there's nothing wrong with compiling, it does add inherent time to developing -- of which I consider to be of the "less-is-better" variety. This is the exact reason the GridDB Team has released the GridDB Node.js client onto the node package manager; you can find the specific GridDB package here: GridDB_Node

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The GridDB c_client (a preqrequisite to using the Nodejs package) can be found here: https://github.com/griddb/c_client. As with our Node.js package, the c_client too has been simplified. Instead of compiling from source yourself, there is now an RPM available for your convenience (the releases page can be found here). So to get started simply wget the latest RPM and install.

$ wget \
then we need to actually install the rpm
$ sudo rpm -ivh griddb_c_client-4.2.0-1.linux.x86_64.rpm
and now the c_client is installed and ready in your /usr/ directory. That was easy!

Now that the node package manager installs our Nodejs client for us, it will also be a very easy install. If you're starting from scratch, just make a new dir and npm init. This should handle the basic scaffolding for your project and make a node_modules directory. Once it's done, it's simply a matter of:

$ npm i griddb_node
and now you've got the GridDB Node.js client installed and ready for use.

One small caveat, though, is that the client requires Node.js version 10. If you're using a different version for a different project or something more bleeding edge, I would recommend you to use nvm. The Node Version Manager is a bash script to help you manage several versions of Node.js. Since we currently need version 10, for example, we would:

$ nvm install 10.16
and then
$ nvm use 10.16
simply confirm you did it right:
$ node -v

And now we're almost ready to begin using our favorite language JavaScript with GridDB. The last step is to point our LD_LIBRARY to our c_client installation.

$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}:/usr/griddb_c_client-4.2-0/lib/
And we can now officially run JavaScript with our GridDB cluster.


To use the client, simply import the griddb library into your program

const griddb = require('griddb_node');
const fs = require('fs');
To define your actual cluster, it looks like this:
const factory = griddb.StoreFactory.getInstance();
        const store = factory.getStore({
            "host": '',
            "port": 31999,
            "clusterName": "defaultCluster",
            "username": "admin",
            "password": "admin"
Making containers and defining their schema is easy too (collection container):
const colConInfo = new griddb.ContainerInfo({
            'name': "Person",
            'columnInfoList': [
                ["name", griddb.Type.STRING],
                ["age", griddb.Type.INTEGER],
            'type': griddb.ContainerType.COLLECTION, 'rowKey': true
Time Series container:
var timeConInfo = new griddb.ContainerInfo({
        'name': "HeartRate",
        'columnInfoList': [
            ["timestamp", griddb.Type.TIMESTAMP],
            ["heartRate", griddb.Type.INTEGER],
            ["activity", griddb.Type.STRING]
        'type': griddb.ContainerType.TIME_SERIES, 'rowKey': true
And then to actually put data into your container (and then query), it looks like this:
let time_series;
        store.putContainer(timeConInfo, false)
            .then(ts => {
                time_series = ts;
                return ts.put([new Date(), 60, 'resting']);
            .then(() => {
                query = time_series.query("select * where timestamp > TIMESTAMPADD(HOUR, NOW(), -6)");
                return query.fetch();
            .then(rowset => {
                while (rowset.hasNext()) {
                    var row = rowset.next();
                    console.log("Time =", row[0], "Heart Rate =", row[1].toString(), "Activity =", row[2]);
            .catch(err => {
                if (err.constructor.name == "GSException") {
                    for (var i = 0; i < err.getErrorStackSize(); i++) {
                        console.log("[", i, "]");
                } else {


Now that the entire process of getting up and running with Node.js has been streamlined a bit, we hope to see some more projects out there utilizing Node.js. If you would like to see the entire source code used in the usage section, please download the source file from here: DOWNLOAD (zip)