Advanced tutorial: Using the generator package to create Web service drivers

In this tutorial, you will use the Siren generator package to set up the project. You will use OpenWeatherMap API for HTTP requests.


Before you begin, it is recommended that you complete both the Beginners' tutorial and the Intermediate tutorial.

Download and install the following tools:

The Siren generator package is written in Typescript and contains interfaces and functions for building and registering Web services. For more information, see the Typescript website.


You can generate a boilerplate Web service driver project by using a template that is provided in the Siren generator.

  1. Install the generator by running the following command:

     npm install -g yo @sirensolutions/generator-web-service
  2. Generate the project by running the following command:

    yo @sirensolutions/web-service
  3. The generator asks you to enter the name of the service group and the Web service. Name the service group generator-tutorial and the Web service MyGeneratedService.

    cd generator-tutorial/

    The generator downloads all necessary dependencies and generates the src/ directory, which contains the Typescript files.

  4. Open the project and check that the structure appears as follows:

    ├─ node_modules/
    ├─ src/
    │   ├─ index.ts
    │   └─ MyGeneratedService.ts
    ├─ gulpfile.js
    ├─ package.json
    ├─ tsconfig.json
    └─ package-lock.json
    └─ invoke
  5. Install the moment package by running the following command:

    npm i moment
  6. Modify the src/MyGeneratedService.ts file. Import the moment package and declare the auth_token to the class declaration:

    import * as moment from 'moment';
    export default class MyGeneratedService extends ServiceDefinition<{ auth_token: string }> {
    // ...
  7. Change the inputSchema. This requires that you specify the city_name attribute. You can also specify the use_metric_system attribute (optional):

      readonly inputSchema: InputSchema = {
        city_name: {
          type: 'text',
          description: 'The name of the city to query',
          required: true
        use_metric_system: {
          type: 'boolean',
          description: 'Toggle between the metric / imperial system'
  8. Change the output configuration. This describes the structure of the returned data and indicates that the data is to be stored in a dedicated index - in this case, named web-services-generator-tutorial-mygeneratedservice-results-weather.

      readonly outputConfiguration: OutputConfiguration = {
        weather: {
          time_stamp: "date",
          location: "geo_point",
          description: "text",
          temperature: "float",
          feels_like: "float",
          humidity: "float",
          name: "keyword",
  9. Finally, change the invoke function as follows:

       async invoke(inputs: { city_name: string, use_metric_system?: boolean }): Promise<DataIndexResults> {
        inputs.use_metric_system = inputs.use_metric_system || false;
        const options = {
          params: {
            q: inputs.city_name,
            units: inputs.use_metric_system ? 'metric' : 'imperial',
            appid: this.config.auth_token
          headers: {
            'Content-Type': 'application/json'
        const response = await axios.get('', options)
          .catch(err => Promise.reject(err.response && err.response.status < 500 ? new WebServiceError( : err));
        return {
          weather: [{
            time_stamp: moment().toISOString(),
  10. Test the invoke function by running the following command:

    node invoke mygeneratedservice --input:city_name London --config:auth_token <your-api-key>

    The params.appid in the invoke function uses this.config.auth_token.

  11. Before you install the Web service in Siren Investigate, add the following code to the config/investigate.yml file:

          auth_token: '<your-API-key>'
  12. It’s ready to go! Package the project by running the following command:

    npm run package

    This command creates the target/ file.

  13. Install the Web service driver by running the following command:

    cd path/to/siren-investigate
    ./bin/investigate-plugin install file:///absolute/path/to/generator-tutorial/target/
  14. Start Elasticsearch and Siren Investigate by running the following commands:

    cd path/to/elasticsearch
    cd path/to/siren-investigate
  15. To start using the service, copy and paste localhost:5606 into your browser.

For more information about creating Web services, see API reference.