ABC is a command-line tool to interact with appbase.io. It can also serve as a swiss army knife to import data from any popular data source (Postgres, SQL, Mongo) to ElasticSearch. This feature works with minimum configuration and is totally automatic. In certain sources like Postgres and Mongo, you can even keep the database and ElasticSearch cluster in sync such that any change from source gets added in destination as well.
- Key Benefits
- Getting Started
- Development setup
- ABC Resources
ABC consists of two parts.
- Appbase module
- Import module (closed source)
To get the list of all commands supported by ABC, use -
2. Key Benefits
ABC comes with a lots of benefits over any other traditional solution to the same problem. Some of the key points are as follows -
- Whether your data resides in Postgres or a JSON file or MongoDB or in all three places, abc can index the data into Elasticsearch. Besides these, it also supports CSV, MySQL, SQLServer, Kafka and Elasticsearch itself to an Elasticsearch index.
- It can keep the Elasticsearch index synced in realtime with the data source. (Note: Currently only supported for MongoDB and Postgres)
abc importis a single line CLI command that allows doing all of the above. It doesn’t require any external dependencies, takes zero lines of code configuration, and runs as an isolated process with a minimal resource footprint.
- abc also supports configurable user defined transformations for advanced uses to map data types, columns or transform the data itself before it gets indexed into Elasticsearch.
3. Getting Started
ABC can be downloaded as an executable as well as through a Docker image.
abc's executable from releases for your platform and preferrably put it in a PATH directory.
The access it as -
You should see a list of commands that
Try logging in for example.
To use the Docker image, pull it as
docker pull appbaseio/abc
Then create the volume to store config files across containers.
docker volume create --name abc
Finally you should be able to use
docker run -i --rm -v abc:/root appbaseio/abc
This command may look too long to you. We can create an alias to make things better.
# create alias alias abc='docker run -i --rm -v abc:/root appbaseio/abc' # run a command abc login google
ABC's features can be broadly categorized into 2 components.
- Appbase features
- Importer features
4.1 Appbase features
Appbase features allows you to control your appbase.io account using ABC. You can see them under the Appbase heading in the list of commands.
COMMANDS login login into appbase.io user get user details apps display user apps app display app details create create app delete delete app logout logout session import import data from various sources into appbase app
You can look over help for each of these commands using the
Alternatively we have detailed docs for them at docs/appbase folder.
abc login --help
# display all commands abc # login into system abc login google # get user details abc user # get list of apps abc apps # get details of an app abc app MyAppName # delete that app abc delete MyAppName # create it again abc create MyAppName # view its metrics. It will be 0 as it is a new app # here we are using AppID. We can use AppName too. abc app -m 2489
4.2 Importer features
Adaptors may be able to track changes as they happen in source data. This "tail" capability allows a ABC to stay running and keep the sinks in sync. For more details on adaptors, see Import docs.
ABC can be built locally via the traditional
go build or by building a Docker image.
5.1 Local Setup
You can install ABC by building it locally and then moving the executable to anywhere you like.
To build it, you will require Go 1.8 or above installed on your system.
go get github.com/appbaseio/abc # alternatively, clone the repo in the `$GOPATH/src/github.com/appbaseio/abc` dir cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/appbaseio/abc go build -tags 'oss' ./cmd/abc/... ./abc --help # voila, you just built abc from source!
Note - You might be wondering what is the tag
oss doing there. That's covered in the section Build Variants.
5.2 Docker Setup
git clone https://github.com/appbaseio/abc cd abc docker build --build-arg ABC_BUILD=oss -t abc . docker volume create --name abc
Volume is used to store abc config files across containers.
abc can be ran through Docker like in the following example which starts google login.
docker run -i --rm -v abc:/root abc login google
Some more examples
# setting alias for easy usage alias abc='docker run -i --rm -v abc:/root abc' # using alias now :) abc user abc apps
5.3 Build Variants
The ABC project you see in this repository is not the complete project. Appbase.io works on a proprietary version of ABC using this project as the base. Hence we use the tag 'oss' to specify that this is an open source build. If you are curious, we use the tag '!oss' to make our private builds.
How to know build variant from the executable?
If you are not sure which build of
abc you are using, you can run
abc version and take note of the value under the VERSION header.
For open source build, you will see
VERSION ... (oss)
For the proprietary builds, you will see
VERSION ... (!oss)
6. ABC Resources
Checkout the docs folder for details on some ABC commands and topics.
6.1 Contributing to ABC
Want to help out with ABC? Great! There are instructions to get you started here.
ABC's oss variant is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License. See LICENSE for full license text. ABC's !oss (read non-oss) variant which includes the
abc import command and bundled in the binary is free to use while in beta.