Using npm roachjs

hello -

i am having issues starting the first node roachjs example. following the simple certification steps here in step one, and trying to run the following example script:

const client = new Roach({
uri: ‘
// and YES i tried localhost as well. even an idiot newbie will try that.
module.exports = client
client.get(“sample_key”, function(err, value, res) {

i keep getting the following node error:

if(err) throw err
Error: unable to verify the first certificate
at Error (native)
at TLSSocket. (_tls_wrap.js:1060:38)
at emitNone (events.js:86:13)
at TLSSocket.emit (events.js:185:7)
at TLSSocket._finishInit (_tls_wrap.js:584:8)
at TLSWrap.ssl.onhandshakedone (_tls_wrap.js:416:38)

any suggestions what i might be doing incorrectly? it would be helpful to see a complete example of cockroachdb/node, although i certainly understand that cockroachdb is still a young database and there are many other language interfaces vying for attention.

or, is there a better node-interface package i should be using? (i already voted for sequelize here).

I also tried senaca but ran into npm installation problems. RoachJS seems like it is the easier of the two for a newbie.

also, is there any sort of daily maximum “question quota” i should be aware of? (rhetorical question)


Unfortunately, that Node.js library is over a year old and isn’t maintained by us, so the API it uses should no longer work.

On the bright side, we’ve switched to using the same protocol as postgres, which means you won’t need a special Cockroach specific library.

Check out the Node.js example on this page: and let us know if you run into any issues.



max - that node example you graciously shared with me worked perfectly and flawlessly just using a simple cut-paste. thank you so much for your assistance.

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thanks - i actually saw that one earlier. the quest for a framework continues, SLOWLY.

feathers.js has a sequelize interface built in, but i am not sure if that is an advantage or not, if one is already familiar with node. from my studies, vue looks the most promising.

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