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Section 12: Get Project JSON

This section details the implementation of a new endpoint to download the Project JSON data to load the a document in an editor.


  • Implement the endpoint for project data retrieval.
  • Verify the project download functionality.

1. Adding project download endpoint

To enable project testing in editor.html, we must introduce the /project/:projectID/ endpoint. This endpoint retrieves project details in JSON format.

Update server.js with the new endpoint as follows:

app.get("/project/:projectid", async (context) => {
  const userType = getUserType(context);

  if (userType == "unauth") {
    return context.text("Unauthorized", 401);

  const {projectid} = context.req.param();

  const dangerousToken = await getDangerousToken(db);

  const projectJSON = await getProjectJSON({
    token: dangerousToken,
    baseURL: baseURL,

  return context.json(projectJSON);


This endpoint validates user access, obtains the projectID, retrieves the project JSON from CHILI, and returns the project data.

Next, we'll need to define the getProjectJSON function, which our endpoint relies upon to interact with the GraFx Environment API.

This pattern will repeat as your server code will use functions the encapsulate the GraFx Environment API.

2. Adding getProjectJSON

In chili.js, add the getProjectJSON function to fetch and return the project's JSON

export async function getProjectJSON({ projectID, token, baseURL, environment }) {
  // Construct the URL for the GET request without URI encoding
  const url = `${baseURL}/grafx/api/v1/environment/${environment}/projects/${projectID}/document`;

  try {
    // Make the GET request to the server
    const response = await fetch(url, {
      method: 'GET',
      headers: {
        'Accept': 'application/json',
        'Authorization': `Bearer ${token}` 

    if (!response.ok) {
      // If the response is not 2xx, throw an error
      throw new Error(`HTTP error! status: ${response.status}`);

    // Parse the JSON response and return it
    return await response.json();
  } catch (error) {
    // Log and rethrow any errors
    console.error("Failed to get project JSON:", error);
    throw error;

Ensure this new function is imported in server.js for use:

import { getTemplateMetaData, createNewProject, getProjectJSON } from "./chili.js"

3. Testing Loading Project

We are finally ready to test our ability to turn a Template into a Project and open it in an Studio engine editor.

  1. Restart your server by running node server.js.
  2. Navigate to http://localhost:3000 in your web browser.
  3. Log in as an "User".
  4. Select a template by pressing "Edit"
  5. A page should open, and the Template we selected should open as Project in a Studio engine instance

The "Save Project" and "Order Project" buttons do not work yet.