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npm registry server on Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB).



Instructions for installing ssb-npm-registry as a ssb-server plugin follow. You can also run ssb-npm-registry standalone (i.e. as a ssb-client
application rather than ssb-server plugin), via the ssb-npm package.

Install via sbot and npm


Install ssb-npm-registry v2.1.3:

sbot plugins.install npm-registry --from 'http://localhost:8989/blobs/get/&ptkWRUIPdBGTZ3W2BWPBuyFw4RumSjQu/DPJ3kufk1s=.sha256'

Then restart ssb-server.

Manual installation

mkdir ~/.ssb/node_modules
cd ~/.ssb/node_modules
id="&ptkWRUIPdBGTZ3W2BWPBuyFw4RumSjQu/DPJ3kufk1s=.sha256" # v2.1.3
while ! curl "$url" | tar xvz; do sleep 2; done
mv package ssb-npm-registry
node ./ssb-npm-registry/enable.js
# restart ssb-server

Install with git-ssb

git clone ssb://%pFqjcdVKHqsrtOjVEAVZeCF0iY4s+3Hr0vA3EFCq5UM=.sha256 ~/.ssb/node_modules/ssb-npm-registry
cd ~/.ssb/node_modules/ssb-npm-registry
node ./enable.js
# restart ssb-server

To set ssb-npm-registry as your default registry server:

npm config set registry http://localhost:8043


~/.ssb/config example:

  "npm": {
    "host": "localhost",
    "port": 8043,
    "autoAuth": true,
    "fetchAll": true,
    "needShasum": false,
    "baseUrl": "",
    "defaultPkgs": ["ssb-npm"]

Environmental variables


var Registry = require('ssb-npm-registry')

var serve = Registry.respond(sbot, config)

Embed ssb-npm-registry into other applications using the respond method which returns a (req, res) HTTP handler function, which can be passed to a HTTP server:

var server = require('http').createServer(serve)

When using this method, the config properties, npm.port and npm.autoAuth do not have an effect, and ~/.npmrc is not modified.

Registry.publishPkgMentions(sbot, mentions, cb(err, msgs))

Publish the given npm package mentions as one or more messages.

If given exactly one package mention, this will also calculate and add dependency and version graph information to the message.

Registry.expandPkgMentions(sbot, mentions, props, cb(err, mentions))

For each package mention, fetch the tarball, extract the given properties from its package.json and add them to the mention object.


In addition to the npm registry routes, ssb-npm-registry's web server (and respond method) serve the following additional routes:

/-/bootstrap - Bootstrap shell snippet

Serves a shell script to for installing ssb-npm-registry and using it to install other ssb-npm packages by running in a bootstrap mode where it does not require running ssb-server.

/-/blobs/get/:id - Blobs

Fetch a SSB blob by its id.

/-/msg/:id - Blobs

Fetch a SSB message by its id, as JSON.

/-/prebuild/:name - Prebuild blobs

name should be the name of a blob in the format {name}-v{version}-{runtime}-v{abi}-{platform}{libc}-{arch}.tar.gz.

This route looks up mentions for blobs with the given name prefixed by "prebuild:". If the name maps to exactly one blob, the route redirects to the local ssb-ws URL for that blob.


Message scope

Requests to the registry server can be scoped to one or more messages by prefixing the request pathname with a directory part with url-encoded message ids. You can make such requests by including that prefix in the registry URL. i.e. npm --registry=http://localhost:8043/<MsgIdEnc>[,<MsgIdEnc>...]/ ...

If a request is scoped to a message, the registry server will answer the request using information contained in that message or messages that it links to (recursively), instead of by using ssb-server's ssb-links indexes. Fetching messages for a message-scoped request will be done using ssb-ooo if that sbot plugin is available.

A message-scoped request allows you to install a package without having to replicate the feeds of the authors of the package or its dependencies, since the information needed to install the package is referenced by message id.

If you prefix the message id with a caret (^ or %5E), the results will include packages from both the message scope and ssb-server's ssb-links indexes.

If ssb-server does not have the ssb-links ssb-server plugin, requests to the registry must use message scope and not the caret, since ssb-links is required otherwise.

When running the ssb-npm command or a ssb-npm bootstrap server (ssb-npm-bootstrap or ssb-npm-registry/bootstrap/bin.js), the --branch
option is equivalent to adding a message id to the scope.


Since the ssb-npm and ssb-npm-registry packages are distributed on ssb-npm, there is a problem of how to get them securely if you do not already have ssb-server installed - especially if you also want to install ssb-server via ssb-npm. ssb-npm's bootstrap feature aims to solve this. ssb-npm-registry includes a route that serves a snippet of shell script code. Executing this bootstrap snippet fetches the ssb-npm-registry package identified by a blob id, uses that to run a bootstrap ssb-npm-registry server, and uses that to install further packages from ssb-npm (e.g. the ssb-npm command, ssb-server, git-ssb) identified by message ids. The bootstrap snippet fetches from the network only hash-identified data (SSB blobs and messages), so the package contents cannot be modified by the server or in transit. By default, the snippet fetches content from the server that served the snippet, but it can be changed to fetch content instead from elsewhere, such as different ssb-npm-registry server, or a ssb-ws or ssb-viewer server.


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