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    wolkenkit-eventstore is an open-source eventstore for Node.js that is used by wolkenkit.


    $ npm install wolkenkit-eventstore

    Quick start

    To use wolkenkit-eventstore first you need to add a reference to your application. You also need to specify which database to use:

    const eventstore = require('wolkenkit-eventstore/postgres');

    The following table lists all currently supported databases:

    Database Package
    PostgreSQL wolkenkit-eventstore/postgres
    SQL Server wolkenkit-eventstore/sqlserver
    MariaDB wolkenkit-eventstore/mariadb
    MySQL wolkenkit-eventstore/mysql
    MongoDB (experimental) wolkenkit-eventstore/mongodb
    In-memory wolkenkit-eventstore/inmemory

    Once you have created a reference, you need to initialize the instance by running the initialize function. Hand over the connection string to your database as well as a namespace:

    await eventstore.initialize({ url: '...', namespace: 'myApp' });

    For the in-memory database there is no need to hand over the connection string and the namespace, so in this case you only need the following call:

    await eventstore.initialize();

    To handle getting disconnected from the database, subscribe to the disconnect event. Since wolkenkit-eventstore does not necessarily try to reconnect, it's probably best to restart your application:

    eventstore.on('disconnect', () => {
      // ...

    Please note that since the in-memory database does not make use of an external data source it does not support the disconnect event.

    To manually disconnect from the database call the destroy function:

    await eventstore.destroy();

    If you are using the in-memory database, calling destroy clears all events and snapshots.

    Reading an event stream

    To read the event stream for a given aggregate use the getEventStream function and provide the id of the aggregate. The function returns a regular Node.js readable stream:

    const aggregateId = 'd3152c91-190d-40e6-bf13-91dd76d5f374';
    const eventStream = await eventstore.getEventStream({ aggregateId });

    To limit the number of events returned you may use the fromRevision and toRevision options:

    const aggregateId = 'd3152c91-190d-40e6-bf13-91dd76d5f374';
    const eventStream = await eventstore.getEventStream({
      fromRevision: 23,
      toRevision: 42

    Reading the last event

    To read the last event for a given aggregate use the getLastEvent function and provide the id of the aggregate:

    const aggregateId = 'a6d18fc4-0ce3-4e3c-af43-fd451f58c0f1';
    const event = await eventstore.getLastEvent(aggregateId);

    Saving events

    To save events use the saveEvents function and hand over an array of events you want to save. For each event, you also have to provide a snapshot that represents the state of the aggregate the events refer to.

    To create the events use the Event constructor function of the commands-events module, and add a revision property to the event's metadata property:

    const eventStarted = new Event(...);
    const eventJoined = new Event(...);
    eventStarted.metadata.revision = 1;
    eventJoined.metadata.revision = 2;
    const stateStarted = {
      // ...
    const stateJoined = {
      // ...
    const savedEvents = await eventstore.saveEvents({
      uncommittedEvents: [
        { event: eventStarted, state: stateStarted },
        { event: eventJoined, state: stateJoined }

    Please note that the revision starts at 1, not – as you may expect – at 0.

    The assignment from the given events to their appropriate aggregates is done using the events' information. The revision of the events must be given in their metadata section.

    Please note that the events are saved within a single atomic transaction. If saving fails for at least one event, the entire transaction is rolled back, so no events are saved at all.

    Whenever the revision of an event is divisible by 100, a snapshot for the appropriate aggregate is written based on the state that is attached to that event.

    Saving a single event

    If you only want to save a single event you may omit the brackets of the array and directly specify the event as parameter:

    const eventStarted = new Event(...);
    eventStarted.metadata.revision = 1;
    const stateStarted = {
      // ...
    const savedEvents = await eventstore.saveEvents({
      uncommittedEvents: [
        { event: eventStarted, state: stateStarted }

    Respecting the event stream order

    Every event is automatically assigned a position within the entire event stream. This way you can figure out the insertion order at a later point in time, e.g. when replaying. This value is a number and stored using the property event.metadata.position.

    The position is available when fetching the event stream using the getEventStream function, or after having called saveEvents on the saved events that are returned.

    Please note that the event store guarantees that the positions are monotonically increasing, but they may have gaps, i.e. some positions may be missing. This may happen, e.g. when saving events failed and had to be retried.

    Reading unpublished events

    To read all unpublished events as a stream, call the getUnpublishedEventStream function. The function returns a regular Node.js readable stream:

    const eventStream = await eventstore.getUnpublishedEventStream();

    Marking events as published

    Once you have published events using an event publisher you may mark them as published using the markEventsAsPublished function. Hand over the aggregate id as well as the revision from which to which you would like to mark the events as published:

    const aggregateId = 'd3152c91-190d-40e6-bf13-91dd76d5f374';
    await eventstore.markEventsAsPublished({
      fromRevision: 23,
      toRevision: 42

    Reading a snapshot

    To read the event stream for a given aggregate use the getSnapshot function and provide the id of the aggregate. The function always returns the revision and state of the newest snapshot. If no snapshot exists, the function returns undefined:

    const aggregateId = 'd3152c91-190d-40e6-bf13-91dd76d5f374';
    const snapshot = await eventstore.getSnapshot(aggregateId);

    Saving a snapshot

    To manually save a snapshot for an aggregate use the saveSnapshot function and hand over the aggregate id, the revision and the state of the aggregate:

    const aggregateId = 'd3152c91-190d-40e6-bf13-91dd76d5f374';
    const revision = 23;
    const state = {
      // ...
    await eventstore.saveSnapshot({ aggregateId, revision, state });

    Please note that if a snapshot was already saved for the given aggregate id and revision, this function does nothing.

    Getting a replay

    To get a replay of events use the getReplay function. The function returns a regular Node.js readable stream:

    const replayStream = await eventstore.getReplay();

    To limit the number of events returned you may use the fromPosition and toPosition options:

    const replayStream = await eventstore.getReplay({
      fromPosition: 7,
      toPosition: 23

    Running the build

    To build this module use roboter.

    $ npx roboter

    Please note that wolkenkit-eventstore uses the Microsoft SQL Server on Linux Docker image to run SQL Server for the tests. To run this image you need to assign at least 3.25 GByte of RAM to Docker for Mac or Docker for Windows.


    Copyright (c) 2015-2019 the native web.

    This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program. If not, see GNU Licenses.


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