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

Usage no npm install needed!

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  import sealRequestService from '';



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


$ npm install seal-request-service

Quick start

First you need to add a reference to seal-request-service within your application.

var requestService = require('seal-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:

requestService({ service: 'myService' }, (err, req) => {
  if (!err) {
    throw new Error('An error occurred while connecting to the service.');

  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
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:

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

The callback function given as the second parameter will be called when a connection to a instance of the service could be established. In this case, the err parameter is null and the req parameter contains a http.ClientRequest object for further use. Otherwise, the err parameter contains an Error object with further details about the problem.


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 seal-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

Running the build

To build this module use roboter.

$ bot