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Add birthday post about @small-tech/https

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title: "Introducing @small-tech/https, a batteries-included drop-in replacement for the Node.js https module"
date: 2019-11-08T18:54:12Z
description: "@small-tech/https is a drop-in replacement for the Node.js https module with automatic provisioning of both locally-trusted and globally-trusted TLS certificates."
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Today’s my birthday so I thought I’d give you a little present: [`@small-tech/https`](
## Plug-and-play https
This is essentially a drop-in, batteries-included version of [the Node.js `https` module]( that:
- Automatically provisions locally-trusted TLS for development (courtesy of [mkcert]( seamlessly integrated via [Nodecert](
- Automatically provisions globally-trusted TLS for courtesy of [Let’s Encrypt](
## Install
npm i @small-tech/https
## Example
Here’s a basic Express “hello, world” app that shows you how this module can be used. Note that you don’t need express to use it.
1. ### Set up
# Create the project folder and switch to it.
mkdir example && cd example
# Create a new npm module for the example.
npm init --yes
# Install dependencies.
npm i @small-tech/https express
# Open up the main file in your default editor.
$EDITOR index.js
2. ### Code (index.js)
const https = require('..')
// Helpers
function html(message) {
return `<!doctype html><html lang='en'><head><meta charset='utf-8'/><title>Hello, world!</title><style>body{background-color: white; font-family: sans-serif;}</style></head><body><h1>${message}</h1></body></html>`
const contentTypeHTML = {'Content-Type': 'text/html'}
let options = {}
// For globally-trusted Let’s Encrypt certificates uncomment options.
// To provision certificates, also remove “staging: true” property.
// options = {
// domain: 'hostname',
// staging: true
// }
// Create HTTPS server at https://localhost
// with locally-trusted certificates.
const server = https.createServer(options, (request, response) => {
if (request.method !== 'GET') {
response.writeHead(404, contentTypeHTML)
response.end(html('Not found.'))
// Respond to all routes with the same page.
response.writeHead(200, contentTypeHTML)
response.end(html('Hello, world!'))
server.listen(443, () => {
console.log(' 🎉 Server running on port 443.')
3. ### Run
node index
Hit `https://localhost` and you should see your site with locally-trusted TLS certificates.
{{<figure src="global.jpeg" alt="Screenshot of @small-tech/https example app running in terminal with locally-trusted TLS certificates" caption="@small-tech/https with locally-trusted certificates courtesy of mkcert">}}
## Let’s encrypt!
To provision globally-trusted Let’s Encrypt certificates instead, just uncomment the `options` object. Test it out with the `staging` flag set to true first and, once you verify that certificates are being properly generated, remove the flag to actually provision the certificates the first time your server is hit.
## TL; DT
Too long, didn’t type?
You can find a version of this example in the `/example` folder. To download and run it:
# Clone this repository.
git clone
# Switch to the directory.
cd https
# Install dependencies.
npm i
# Run the example.
npm run example
## Happy birthday to you!
I hope you enjoy my little birthday present and I hope that it makes your life easier.
Please [let me know]( how you get on it with.
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<figcaption>PS. I also got some lovely presents today ;)</figcaption>
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