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Bervianto Leo Pratama
Bervianto Leo Pratama

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Feathers.js Request Id Middleware

Prepare your project

  1. Generate the app (if you don't have existing app), please see here. Basically you need to install the generator with: npm install @feathersjs/cli -g

  2. You can follow the step-by-step in the generate app page. Some notes: I use Typescript for the codebase.

Generate and write the Middleware

  • Use feathers generate middleware. You can see how I generate the middleware here.

Generate Middleware

  • I want to use uuidv4 as my request id. So please install the uuid use: npm install uuid @types/uuid or yarn install uuid @types/uuid (if you use yarn).

  • Write the middleware. We put the requestId at feathers object. You can found the file at src/middleware/request-id.ts.

import { v4 as uuidv4 } from 'uuid';
import { Request, Response, NextFunction } from 'express';

export default () => {
  // eslint-disable-next-line @typescript-eslint/no-unused-vars, @typescript-eslint/explicit-module-boundary-types
  return (req: Request, res: Response, next: NextFunction) => {
    const requestId= uuidv4();
    if (!req.feathers) {
      req.feathers = {};
    req.feathers.requestId = requestId;
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  • Update log hooks for capture our requestId. I update the src/hooks/log.ts.
// A hook that logs service method before, after and error
// See for documentation
// about the logger.
import logger from '../logger';
import util from 'util';
import { HookContext, Hook } from '@feathersjs/feathers';

// To see more detailed messages, uncomment the following line:
logger.level = 'debug';

export default function (): Hook {
  return (context: HookContext) => {
    const { params } = context;
    const requestId = params.requestId;
    logger.debug(`Request Id: ${requestId}`);
    // This debugs the service call and a stringified version of the hook context
    // You can customize the message (and logger) to your needs
      `${context.type} app.service('${context.path}').${context.method}()`,

    if (
      // eslint-disable-next-line @typescript-eslint/no-explicit-any
      typeof (context as any).toJSON === 'function' &&
      logger.level === 'debug'
    ) {
      logger.debug('Hook Context', util.inspect(context, { colors: false }));

    if (context.error && !context.result) {
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Log request id

  • I want to use error handler and bring the request id. First I will disable html output for error handler. Because I don't want to handle HTML output. You can update the src/app.ts like this.
// another code...

// Configure a middleware for 404s and the error handler
app.use(express.errorHandler({ html: false }));


export default app;
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  • Generate application wide error hooks. You can see picture below. For more information. You can check this.

Application Wide hook error

  • Write the hooks. You can found at src/hooks/common-error.ts.
// Use this hook to manipulate incoming or outgoing data.
// For more information on hooks see:
import { Hook, HookContext } from '@feathersjs/feathers';

// eslint-disable-next-line @typescript-eslint/no-unused-vars
export default (options = {}): Hook => {
  return async (context: HookContext): Promise<HookContext> => {
    if (context.error) {
      const { params } = context;
      const requestId = params.requestId;
      const requestIdObject = {
      context.error.errors = Object.assign(
    return context;
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  • After we write that, we will see the requestId under errors property like this. This will help to trace the error.

Example Error use requestId

Thank you

That is it. If you have another suggestions. Please feel free to comment here.

Thank you. :)

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