Client library for managing domainFACTORY virtual servers via the JiffyBox API.

Original (German) PDF Documentation.

The JiffyBox API is a simple HTTP REST API.

This library uses the request, rate limiter, and bluebird Promise library to make the API usage a bit more comfortable (and honor the API limits!).

Sample Usage

var client = require("jiffybox")("API KEY HERE");

// Get a listing of your JiffyBoxes
  // boxes is Array of data from Webservice

// Using bluebird promises, create a box & wait for it to be ready
  return [
.spread(function(distros, plans){
    name: "TestBox",
    planid: pickPlan(plans),           // your own function!
    distribution: pickDistro(distros), // your own function!
    password: "super secret password",
  isReady = function(box){ return box.running && box.status === "READY"};
  client.waitForStatus(box.id, isReady)
  console.log("Your JiffyBox '" + box.name + "' is ready")


You must first always provide your API key to create a client:

var client = require("jiffybox")(apiKey);

NOTE: the JiffyBox API often returns lists of things (servers, plans, distributions) as an object, where I preferred an array. In these cases, this library converts it to an array of objects, adding the property "key" to each entry (which is sometimes needed). The property "key" is not native to the JiffyBox API, but all other properties refer directly to the API objects.

Promise-based API

All other methods return a Promise for a value. Only the value is described below!


Gets an array of currently available distributions. Each distro has:


Gets an array of currently available server plans. Each plan has:


Gets an array of available backups. Each backup has:

Each backup object has:


Creates a brand-new JiffyBox. According to the API, the following properties must be given:

And you also have to have *exactly one of these, NOT both:

The following are optional:


Gets all JiffyBoxes for your account. Refer to the API for full documentation. These are the ones I find most useful:


Gets data for a single JiffyBox. See client.getJiffyBoxes()


Deletes a single JiffyBox. Note that the status must first be "SHUTDOWN".

client.setStatus(id, status)

Sets the status of a single JiffyBox. Most useful values of status are:

Usually you will use the next method instead...

client.setStatusAndWait(id, nextStatus, checkStatus)

Sets the status and waits until the status was adopted (internally polling every 5 seconds to check the status).

The parameter nextStatus is a string (see client.setStatus()).

The parameter checkStatus is either a string or function. If a string, the Promise will be fulfilled as soon as the JiffyBox's status field matches this. If a function (better for API), the function will be called on every internal polling to see if the status is done.

Here are two examples from the tests:

// for starting up
function boxIsReady(box) {
  return box.status === "READY" && box.running;
client.setStatusAndWait(id, "START", boxIsReady);

// for shutting down
function boxIsShutdown(box) {
  return box.status === "READY" && ! box.running;
client.setStatusAndWait(id, "SHUTDOWN", boxIsShutdown);

client.waitForStatus(id, checkStatus)

Similar to client.setStatusAndWait(), but does not try to set a status. Used internally, but if you never set a status elsewhere, this could hang forever. However, you could use the bluebird Promise.timeout API to ensure it does not do so.