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Talking to your api shouldn't be difficult. You shouldn't have to repeat yourself. You shouldn't need nuclear power plants to make it easier. You should just be able to say "give me that thing!" and be done with it. If only we could do something about that...

You guessed it! We have something for that. Aurelia-api comes with a set of cool features that makes talking to APIs easy and fun.

Aurelia-api is a module wrapped around aurelia-fetch-client that allows you to:

  • Perform the usual CRUD
  • Supply criteria for your api
  • Manage more than one endpoint
  • Add defaults
  • Add interceptors
  • And more


You can find usage examples and the documentation at aurelia-api-doc.

The changelog provides you with information about important changes.



Run npm i aurelia-api --save from your project root.

Aurelia-api makes use of aurelia-fetch-client and extend. You might also need a (fetch)[] polyfill, if targeting older browsers. So, add following to the build.bundles.dependencies section of aurelia-project/aurelia.json.

"dependencies": [
  // ...
  // "fetch",
  // ...


Run jspm i aurelia-api

Add aurelia-api to the bundles.dist.aurelia.includes section of build/bundles.js.

If the installation results in having forks, try resolving them by running:

jspm inspect --forks
jspm resolve --only registry:[email protected]


jspm inspect --forks
>     Installed Forks
>         npm:aurelia-dependency-injection 1.0.0-beta.1.2.3 1.0.0-beta.2.1.0

jspm resolve --only npm:[email protected]


Run npm i aurelia-api --save from your project root.

Add 'aurelia-api' in the coreBundles.aurelia section of your webpack.config.js.


Npm-based installations pick up the typings automatically. For Jspm-based installations, add to your typings.json:

"aurelia-api": "github:spoonx/aurelia-api",

and run typings i

or run

typings i github:spoonx/aurelia-api



Register the plugin and some endpoints.

  /* Your other plugins and init code */
  .plugin('aurelia-api', config => {

    // Register hosts
    config.registerEndpoint('api', '/mypath');
    config.registerEndpoint('other-api', '/otherpath', {headers: {'Content-Type': 'x-www-form-urlencoded'}});

Get and use an endpoint

You can get endpoints with the .getEndpoint() method on the Config instance from aurelia-api.

import {inject} from 'aurelia-framework';
import {Config} from 'aurelia-api';

export class MyClass {
  constructor(config) {
    this.apiEndpoint = config.getEndpoint('api');

    .then(users => {
        // use your received users.json

Quick Rest api overview

All methods will:

  • stringify the body, if it is an object and the Content-Type is set to application/json (the default).
  • convert the body to querystring format, if the body is an object and the Content-Type is set to any other value.
  • leave the body unchanged, if the Content-Type is not set or when the body is not an object.
  • maintain trailing slashes of the resource parameter

All methods return on success a Promise with the server response parsed to an object if possible. On error, they reject with the server response. If possible and parseError is set true, they reject with the JSON parsed server response.

  .client                                                           // the httpClient instance
  .endpoint                                                         // name of the endpoint
  .default                                                          // The fetch client defaults
  .find(resource, idOrCriteria, options, responseOutput)                // GET
  .findOne(resource, id, criteria, options, responseOutput)         // GET
  .post(resource, body, options, responseOutput) {                  // POST
  .update(resource, idOrCriteria, body, options, responseOutput)        // PUT
  .updateOne(resource, id, criteria, body, options, responseOutput) // PUT
  .patch(resource, idOrCriteria, body, options, responseOutput)         // PATCH
  .patchOne(resource, id, criteria, body, options, responseOutput)  // PATCH
  .destroy(resource, idOrCriteria, options, responseOutput)             // DELETE
  .destroyOne(resource, id, criteria, options, responseOutput)      // DELETE
  .create(resource, body, options, responseOutput)                  // POST
  .request(method, path, body, options, responseOutput)             // method


Some months ago, we've simplified installation and usage! This plugin should now be installed using jspm i aurelia-api or (for webpack) npm i aurelia-api --save. Make sure you update all references to spoonx/aurelia-api and remove the spoonx/ prefix (don't forget your config.js, package.json, imports and bundles).

Aside: Public SpoonX repositories are open to the community and actively maintained and used by the SpoonX company. They follow a strict deploy cycle with reviews and follow semantic versioning. This ensures code quality control and long term commitment.

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