Quick start (Using Docker Compose)

This guide will help you run a local development setup that sets up both the space-cloud and MongoDB. It will guide you through exploring the Space Cloud APIs on MongoDB without having to set up any project.

If you instead want to start a project from scratch using space-cloud, then check out the getting started guide.

Note: MongoDB is not a dependency of Space Cloud. We are using MongoDB in this guide for ease of use because of it's schemaless nature.


Step 1: Get the docker-compose file

The spaceuptech/space-cloud/install-manifests repo contains all installation manifests required to deploy Space Cloud anywhere. Get the docker compose file from there:

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/spaceuptech/space-cloud/master/install-manifests/quick-start/docker-compose/mongo/docker-compose.yaml

Step 2: Run Space Cloud & MongoDB

docker-compose up -d

Check if the containers are running:

docker ps

Step 3: Configure Space Cloud

If you exec into docker container of Space Cloud, you can see a config.yaml file and a raft-store folder would have been generated in the home directory.

Space Cloud needs this config file in order to function. The config file is used to load information like the database to be used, its connection string, security rules, etc.

Space Cloud has it's own Mission Control (admin UI) to configure all of this in an easy way.

Note: All changes to the config of space-cloud has to be done through the Mission Control only. Changes made manually to the config file will get overwritten.

Open Mission Control

Head over to http://localhost:4122/mission-control to open Mission Control.

Note: Replace localhost with the address of your Space Cloud if you are not running it locally.

Creating a project

Click on Create a Project button.

Give a name to your project. MongoDB will be selected as your database by default. Keep it as it is for this guide.

Hit Next to create the project. On creation of project you will be directed to the project overview screen.

Configuring DB config

Head over to the Database section.

Copy paste mongodb://mongo:27017 in the connection string input.

Hit Save button. That's all what is required to configure Space Cloud for this guide!

Step 4: Try it out

Our backend is up and running, configured to expose APIs on MongoDB. Time to explore it's awesome powers.

Space Cloud Explorer

Head over to the Explorer section.

The Explorer is a tool in Mission Control that lets you try Space Cloud APIs without actually setting up any frontend or backend project. It directly lets you run javascript APIs of space-cloud against itself.

Note: The api object and certain helpers like and, or and cond for generating where clauses are available to all code snippets you run through the Explorer.

Inserting data

Copy paste the following code in the Explorer and hit apply to insert multiple todos:

const db = api.Mongo()
const docs = [
  {_id: "1", text: "Star Space Cloud on Github", date: new Date()},
  {_id: "2", text: "Follow us on Twitter", date: new Date()},
  {_id: "3", text: "Spread the love!", date: new Date()}


On successful insert, you should be able to see the status as 200 which means the documents were inserted in the database.

Querying all documents back

To retrieve the documents from MongoDB using Space cloud, copy paste the following code in the Explorer and hit apply:

const db = api.Mongo()


You should be able to see the status as 200 and the result with the documents you inserted in the previous step:

  "result": [
      "_id": "1",
      "date": "2019-08-03T03:24:43.641Z",
      "text": "Star Space Cloud on Github"
      "_id": "2",
      "date": "2019-08-03T03:24:43.641Z",
      "text": "Follow us on Twitter"
      "_id": "3",
      "date": "2019-08-03T03:24:43.641Z",
      "text": "Spread the love!"

Querying single document

To retrieve the document with _id equals to 2, copy paste the following code in the Explorer and hit apply:

const db = api.Mongo()

db.getOne("todos").where(cond("_id", "==", "2")).apply()

You should be able to see the status as 200 and the following result:

  "result": {
      "_id": "2",
      "date": "2019-08-03T03:24:43.641Z",
      "text": "Follow us on Twitter"

Next Steps

Awesome! We just performed few CRUD operations on MongoDB without writing a single line of backend code. The next step is to dive into the various Space Cloud modules.

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