The ProfitBricks Client Library for Node.js allows interaction with the ProfitBricks platform over the Cloud API. It is designed for developers who are building applications in Node.js. This guide will walk you through installing the library and performing various actions against the API.

The Node.js Client Library, libprofitbricks, wraps the latest version of the ProfitBricks Cloud API. All API operations are performed over SSL and authenticated using your ProfitBricks account credentials. The API can be accessed within a server running on the ProfitBricks platform or directly over the Internet from any application that can send and receive HTTPS requests and responses.

Getting Started

Before you begin you will need to have signed-up for a ProfitBricks account. The credentials you setup during sign-up will be used to authenticate against the API.


The Node.js Client Library is available on npm. You can install the latest stable version using npm:

npm install libprofitbricks



Connecting to ProfitBricks is handled by first setting up your authentication credentials.

var libpb = require('libprofitbricks')
libpb.setauth('username', 'password')

The depth is used to control the depth of JSON object returned. The depth value can be from 1 to 5.

libpb.depth = 1


How to: Create a Data Center

ProfitBricks uses the concept of data centers. These are logically separated from one another and allow you to have a self-contained environment for all servers, volumes, networking, snapshots, and so forth. The goal is to give you the same experience as you would have if you were running your own physical data center.

You will need a data center before you can create anything else. Like the server functions, the data center functions can be used to create a simple data center or a complex one.

To create a simple one you would do this:

var libpb = require('libprofitbricks')

libpb.setauth('username', 'password')

dcData = {
    "properties": {
        "name": "Test Data Center",
        "location": "us/las",
        "description": "Test description"

libpb.createDatacenter(dcData, function(error, response, body) {

You can find more detailed information about data center creation here

How to: Delete a Data Center

You will want to exercise a bit of caution here. Removing a data center will destroy all objects contained within that data center including servers, volumes, snapshots, and so forth.

datacenter_id = '700e1cab-99b2-4c30-ba8c-1d273ddba022'

libpb.deleteDatacenter(datacenter_id, callback)

How to: Create a Server

The following example shows you how to create a new server in the virtual data center created above.

var datacenter_id = '1234567-1234-1234-1234-123456789012'

var data = {
    "properties": {
        "name": "Test Server",
        "ram": 2048,
        "cores": 1,
        "cpuFamily": "AMD_OPTERON"

libpb.createServer(datacenter_id, data, function(error, response, body) {

One of the unique features of the ProfitBricks platform when compared with the other providers is that it allows you to define your own settings for cores, memory, and disk size without being tied to a particular size.

How to: Update Cores, Memory, and Disk

ProfitBricks allows users to dynamically update cores, memory, and disk independently of each other. This removes the restriction of needing to upgrade to the next instance size to receive an increase in memory. You can now simply increase the server's memory thereby keeping your costs in-line with your resource needs.

The following code illustrates how you can update the cores and memory of a server:

var datacenter_id = '1234567-1234-1234-1234-123456789012'
var server_id = '1234567-1234-1234-1234-123456789012'

var data = { "properties" : { "cores": 16, "ram": 4096 } }

libpb.updateServer(datacenter_id, server_id, data, callback)

How to: List Servers, Volumes, and Data Centers

Listing resources is fairly straight forward. To view all data centers:

libpb.listDatacenters(function(error, response, body) {

Listing servers within a data center:

var datacenter_id = '700e1cab-99b2-4c30-ba8c-1d273ddba022'

libpb.listServers(datacenter_id, callback)

Listing volumes within a data center:

var datacenter_id = '700e1cab-99b2-4c30-ba8c-1d273ddba022'

libpb.listVolumes(datacenter_id, callback)

How to: Create Additional Network Interfaces

The ProfitBricks platform supports adding multiple NICs to a server. These NICs can be used to create segmented networks on the platform.

The sample below shows you how to add a second NIC to an existing server:

dc_id = '700e1cab-99b2-4c30-ba8c-1d273ddba022'
server_id = '700e1cab-99b2-4c30-ba8c-1d273ddba023'

var data = { name: 'nic11', ips: [''], lan: 1 }

libpb.createNic(dc_id, server_id, data)

How to: Create a User

The following example shows you how to create a new user with administrator privileges.

var data = {
    "properties": {
        "firstname": "John",
        "lastname": "Doe",
        "email": "",
        "password": "secretpassword123",
        "administrator": true,
        "forceSecAuth": false

libpb.createUser(data, function(error, response, body) {

How to: Create a Group

The following example shows you how to create a new group.

var data = {
    "properties": {
        "name": "Test Group",
        "createDataCenter": true,
        "createSnapshot": true,
        "reserveIp": true,
        "accessActivityLog": true



Contract Resources Functions

listContractResources: function(callback)

Data Center Functions

listDatacenters: function(callback)

createDatacenter: function(data, callback)

getDatacenter: function(dc_id, callback)

updateDatacenter: function(dc_id, data, callback)

patchDatacenter: function(dc_id, data, callback)

deleteDatacenter: function(dc_id, callback)

Firewall Rule Functions

listFWRules: function(dc_id, server_id, nic_id, callback)

createFWRule: function(dc_id, server_id, nic_id, data, callback)

getFWRule: function(dc_id, server_id, nic_id, fwrule_id, callback)

updateFWRule: function(dc_id, server_id, nic_id,fwrule_id, data, callback)

patchFWRule: function(dc_id, server_id, nic_id, fwrule_id, data, callback)

delFWRule: function(dc_id, server_id, nic_id, fwrule_id, callback)

Image Functions

listImages: function(callback)

getImage: function(image_id,callback)

updateImage: function(image_id,data,callback)

patchImage: function(image_id,data,callback)

deleteImage: function(image_id,callback)

IP Block Functions

listIpblocks: function(callback)

reserveIpblock: function(data,callback)

getIpblock: function(ipblock_id,callback)

releaseIpblock: function(ipblock_id,callback)

LAN Functions

listLans: function(dc_id,callback)

createLan: function(dc_id,data,callback)

getLan: function(dc_id,lan_id,callback)

updateLan: function(dc_id,lan_id,data,callback)

patchLan: function(dc_id,lan_id,data,callback)

deleteLan: function(dc_id,lan_id,callback)

listLanMembers: function(dc_id,lan_id,callback)

Load Balancer Functions

createLoadbalancer: function(dc_id, data, callback)

deleteLoadbalancer: function(dc_id, lb_id, callback)

getLoadbalancer: function(dc_id, lb_id, callback)

listLoadbalancers: function(dc_id, callback)

patchLoadbalancer: function(dc_id, lb_id, data, callback)

updateLoadbalancer: function(dc_id, lb_id, data, callback)

Location Functions

getLocation: function(location_id, callback)

listLocations: function(callback)

NIC Functions

createNic: function(dc_id, server_id, data, callback)

deleteNic: function(dc_id, server_id, nic_id, callback)

getNic: function(dc_id, server_id, nic_id, callback)

listNics: function(dc_id, server_id, callback)

patchNic: function(dc_id, server_id, nic_id, data, callback)

updateNic: function(dc_id, server_id, nic_id, data, callback)

Request Functions

listRequests: function(callback)

getRequest: function(request_id, callback)

statusRequest: function(request_id, callback)

Server Functions

createServer: function(dc_id, data, callback)

delServer: function(dc_id, server_id, callback)

getServer: function(dc_id, server_id, callback)

listServers: function(dc_id, callback)

patchServer: function(dc_id, server_id, data, callback)

updateServer: function(dc_id, server_id, data, callback)

Server Volume Functions

listAttachedVolumes: function(dc_id, server_id, callback)

attachVolume: function(dc_id, server_id, volume_id, callback)

getAttachedVolume: function(dc_id, server_id, volume_id, callback)

detachVolume: function(dc_id, server_id, volume_id, callback)

Server CDROM Functions

listAttachedCdroms: function(dc_id, server_id, callback)

attachCdrom: function(dc_id, server_id, cdrom_id, callback)

getAttachedCdrom: function(dc_id,server_id, cdrom_id, callback)

detachCdrom: function(dc_id, server_id, cdrom_id, callback)

Server Command Functions

rebootServer: function(dc_id, server_id, callback)

startServer: function(dc_id, server_id, callback)

stopServer: function(dc_id, server_id, callback)

Snapshot Functions

deleteSnapshot: function(snapshot_id, callback)

getSnapshot: function(snapshot_id, callback)

listSnapshots: function(callback)

patchSnapshot: function(snapshot_id, data, callback)

updateSnapshot: function(snapshot_id, data, callback)

createSnapshot: function(dc_id, volume_id, data, callback)

restoreSnapshot: function(dc_id, volume_id, data, callback)

User Management Functions

listGroups: function (callback)

createGroup: function (data, callback)

getGroup: function (group_id, callback)

updateGroup: function (group_id, data, callback)

deleteGroup: function (group_id, callback)

listUsers: function (callback)

createUser: function (data, callback)

getUser: function (user_id, callback)

updateUser: function (user_id, data, callback)

deleteUser: function (user_id, callback)

listGroupUsers: function (group_id, callback)

addGroupUser: function (group_id, data, callback)

removeGroupUser: function (group_id, user_id, callback)

listShares: function (group_id, callback)

addShare: function (group_id, resource_id, data, callback)

getShare: function (group_id, resource_id, callback)

updateShare: function (group_id, resource_id, data, callback)

removeShare: function (group_id, resource_id, callback)

listResources: function (callback)

listResourcesByType: function (resource_type, callback)

getResourceByType: function (resource_type, resource_id, callback)

Volume Functions

listVolumes: function(dc_id, callback)

createVolume: function(dc_id, data, callback)

getVolume: function(dc_id, volume_id, callback)

updateVolume: function(dc_id, volume_id, data, callback)

patchVolume: function(dc_id, volume_id, data, callback)

deleteVolume: function(dc_id, volume_id, callback)


You can find additional examples in the repository examples directory. If you find any issues, please let us know via the DevOps Central community or GitHub's issue system and we'll check it out.


You can find a full list of tests inside the test directory. Before running the tests, install the package dependencies and export your ProfitBricks credentials. Please Note: In order for the tests to complete successfully, the credentials must belong to a user with administrator privileges.


npm install

To run all available tests:

npm test


mocha test

To run a particular test context:

mocha -g 'Datacenter tests'


  1. Fork it ( )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new Pull Request