Makes a request to a service, using consul for discovery and lookup

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import sealsystemsRequestService from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@sealsystems/request-service';



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Makes a request to a service, using consul for discovery and lookup.


$ npm install @sealsystems/request-service

Quick start

First you need to add a reference to @sealsystems/request-service within your application.

const requestService = require('@sealsystems/request-service');

Please note: A connection to consul must already exist before you can use the module.

To create a HTTP/HTTPS request to an instance of a service use:

const consul = require('@sealsystems/consul');

const req = await requestService({ consul, service: 'myService' });

req.on('connect', () => {
  console.log('Connected to service!');

req.write('Hello service!');

The first parameter is an options object that can contain the following properties:

property type description
consul required object Consul client for service discovery
service required string Name of the service to access
headers optional object Additional HTTP/HTTPS headers
method optional string HTTP/HTTPS method, default POST
path optional string URL-path to access, default /

Here is an example of a more complete options object:

const options = {
  headers: {
    'content-type': 'application/json'
  method: 'POST',
  path: '/job',
  service: 'myService'

The return value req contains a http.ClientRequest object for further use.


The protocol used for a connection depends on the target (the service resides in the local or a remote host) and the value of the environment variable TLS_UNPROTECTED. The TLS certificates provided by @sealsystems/tlscert will be used for HTTPS connections. It is not possible to override the chosen protocol.

Used protocol:

TLS_UNPROTECTED local service remote service
'world' HTTP HTTP
'loopback' HTTP HTTPS