etcd library for node.js (etcd v2 api)

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A nodejs library for etcd, written in coffee-script.


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$ npm install node-etcd

For the older etcd v1 api, please use the 0.6.x branch

# Older version for v1 API:
$ npm install node-etcd@0.6.1


  • 2.1.0 - Use proper error objects instead of strings for errors.
  • 2.0.10 - Fix error in documentation
  • 2.0.9 - Added .post() alias of .create(). Added .compareAndDelete() (for etcd v0.3.0)
  • 2.0.8 - Watchers can be canceled. In-order keys using #create(). Raw requests using #raw().
  • 2.0.7 - Avoid calling callback if callback not given.
  • 2.0.6 - Refactoring, fix responsehandler error.
  • 2.0.5 - Undo use of 'x-etcd-index', this refers to global state.
  • 2.0.4 - Use 'x-etcd-index' for index when watching a key.
  • 2.0.3 - Watcher supports options. Watcher emits etcd action type.
  • 2.0.2 - Mkdir and rmdir. Fix watcher for v2 api.
  • 2.0.1 - Watch, delete and stats now use new v2 api. Added testAndSet convenience method.
  • 2.0.0 - Basic support for etcd protocol v2. set, get, del now supports options.
  • 0.6.1 - Fixes issue #10, missing response caused error when server connection failed / server responded incorrectly.
  • 0.6.0 - Watcher now emits 'error' on invalid responses.

Basic usage

Etcd = require('node-etcd');
etcd = new Etcd();
etcd.set("key", "value");
etcd.get("key", console.log);


Etcd([host = ''], [port = '4001'], [ssloptions])

Create a new etcd client

etcd = new Etcd();
etcd = new Etcd('', '4001');

.set(key, value = null, [options], [callback])

Set key to value, or create key/directory.

etcd.set("key", "value");
etcd.set("key", "value", console.log);
etcd.set("key", "value", { ttl: 60 }, console.log);

Available options include:

  • ttl (time to live in seconds)
  • prevValue (previous value, for compare and swap)
  • prevExist (existance test, for compare and swap)
  • prevIndex (previous index, for compare and swap)

Will create a directory when used without value (value=null): etcd.set("directory/");

.compareAndSwap(key, value, oldvalue, [options], [callback])

Convenience method for test and set (set with {prevValue: oldvalue})

etcd.compareAndSwap("key", "newvalue", "oldvalue");
etcd.compareAndSwap("key", "newValue", "oldValue", options, console.log);

Alias: .testAndSet()

.get(key, [options], [callback])

Get a key or path.

etcd.get("key", console.log);
etcd.get("key", { recursive: true }, console.log);

Available options include:

  • recursive (bool, list all values in directory recursively)
  • wait (bool, wait for changes to key)
  • waitIndex (wait for changes after given index)

.del(key, [options], [callback])

Delete a key or path

etcd.del("key", console.log);
etcd.del("key/", { recursive: true }, console.log);

Available options include:

  • recursive (bool, delete recursively)

Alias: .delete()

.compareAndDelete(key, oldvalue, [options], [callback])

Convenience method for test and delete (delete with {prevValue: oldvalue})

etcd.compareAndDelete("key", "oldvalue");
etcd.compareAndDelete("key", "oldValue", options, console.log);

Alias: .testAndDelete()

.mkdir(dir, [options], [callback])

Create a directory

etcd.mkdir("dir", console.log);
etcd.mkdir("dir/", options, console.log);

.rmdir(dir, [options], [callback])

Remove a directory

etcd.rmdir("dir", console.log);
etcd.rmdir("dir/", { recursive: true }, console.log);

Available options include:

  • recursive (bool, delete recursively)

.create(path, value, [options], [callback])

Atomically create in-order keys.

etcd.create("queue", "first")
etcd.create("queue", "next", console.log)

Alias: .post()

.watch(key, [options], [callback])

This is a convenience method for get with {wait: true}."key");"key", console.log);

.watchIndex(key, index, [options], callback)

This is a convenience method for get with {wait: true, waitIndex: index}.

etcd.watchIndex("key", 7, console.log);

.watcher(key, [index], [options])

Returns an eventemitter for watching for changes on a key

watcher = etcd.watcher("key");
watcher.on("change", console.log);
watcher2 = etcd.watcher("key", null, {recursive: true});
watcher2.on("error", console.log);

You can cancel a watcher by calling .stop().


  • change - emitted on value change
  • reconnect - emitted on reconnect
  • error - emitted on invalid content
  • <etcd action> - the etcd action that triggered the watcher (ex: set, delete).
  • stop - watcher was canceled.

.raw(method, key, value, options, callback)

Bypass the API and do raw queries. Method must be one of: PUT, GET, POST, PATCH, DELETE

etcd.raw("GET", "v2/stats/leader", null, {}, callback)
etcd.raw("PUT", "v2/keys/key", "value", {}, callback)

Remember to provide the full path, without any leading '/'


Returns information about etcd nodes in the cluster



Return the leader in the cluster



Return statistics about cluster leader



Return statistics about connected etcd node


SSL support

Pass etcdclient a dictionary containing ssl options, check out

fs = require('fs');

sslopts = {
    ca: [ fs.readFileSync('ca.pem') ],
    cert: fs.readFileSync('cert.pem'),
    key: fs.readFileSync('key.pem')

etcdssl = new Etcd('localhost', '4001', sslopts);
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