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Proxies are useful in cases where you decide to only expose layout servers directly to the Internet.

Podium does not enforce a certain infrastructure setup. You can choose to have your podlets publicly available, in which case proxies aren't strictly needed.

If you decide to not have podlets available publicly, proxies can help in two common scenarios:

  • A podlet is expected to handle form submits.
  • A podlet includes one or more API routes.

Podium includes a proxy feature to make this setup easier.

Podium proxy

The Podium proxy is a transparent proxy that is mounted in the layout server based on a podlet's manifest, making it possible to send any HTTP request through the layout to the podlet server.

The Podium proxy is the recommended way for a podlet to inform any layout servers that consume it that there are additional routes and that they should be given public access via routes on the layout server.

How it works

  • The podlet defines its proxy routes.
  • The podlet lists the location of the proxy routes in its manifest.
  • The layout reads the proxy information from the manifest.
  • The layout creates namespaced proxy routes.
  • The layout sends information to the podlet via the context about the public location of these routes.
  • The podlet uses the context to construct URLs pointing to the public location of the layout's proxy.

The manifest

The proxy field in a podlet's manifest can be used to define up to 4 proxy routes:

"name": "myPodlet",
"version": "1.0.0",
"pathname": "/",
"proxy": {
"api": "/api"

A layout reading this manifest will mount a proxy at this location:



  • <layout-pathname> is the pathname option of the Layout constructor.
  • <prefix> defaults to podium-resource, but can be configured in the Layout constructor
  • <podlet-name> is the name value used when registering a podlet in a layout with layout.client.register().
  • <proxy-namespace> is the key of the key/value pair defined in the manifest.

Defining proxy routes

The podlet.proxy() method lets you define proxy routes that are listed in the manifest.

podlet.proxy({ target: "/api", name: "api" });

The method returns a string you can use to define the route itself at the same time:

app.get(podlet.proxy({ target: "/api", name: "api" }), (req, res) => {
res.json({ key: "value" });

There are a maximum of 4 proxies, however it is possible to mount multiple routes under a single proxy.

podlet.proxy({ target: "/api", name: "api" });

app.get("/api/cats", (req, res) => {
res.json([{ name: "fluffy" }]);
// http://localhost:1337/myLayout/podium-resource/myPodlet/api/cats

app.get("/api/dogs", (req, res) => {
res.json([{ name: "rover" }]);
// http://localhost:1337/myLayout/podium-resource/myPodlet/api/dogs

Specifying an absolute URL is also possible in which case the layout will mount a proxy directly to the URL, bypassing the podlet entirely.

podlet.proxy({ name: "remote-api", target: "http://<some-service:port>/api" });

// http://localhost:1337/myLayout/podium-resource/myPodlet/remote-api

Using the proxy

When creating a podlet with proxy routes, it's necessary to be able to dynamically, programmatically determine the location of these proxy routes.

Constructing Proxy URLs

The base URL can be constructed by joining together values plucked from the Podium context like so.

import { URL } from "url"; // not required in node >= 10;

app.get(podlet.content(), (req, res) => {
const { mountOrigin, publicPathname } = res.locals.podium.context;
const url = new URL(publicPathname, mountOrigin);

// prints base URL under which all proxy routes are located

The path to a given endpoint can then be constructed by joining this base URL together with the namespace key given to the podlet.proxy() method like so:

// define and create an API proxy route
app.get(podlet.proxy({ target: '/api', name: 'api' }), (req, res) => {

app.get(podlet.content(), (req, res) => {
// construct an absolute URL to the API proxy route
const { mountOrigin, publicPathname } = res.locals.podium.context;
const url = new URL(publicPathname, mountOrigin);

// prints specific absolute URL to API proxy endpoint
console.log(url.href + 'api');

Example: client side JavaScript fetching data from a /content route

import express from "express";
import Podlet from "@podium/podlet";

const podlet = new Podlet({
name: "myPodlet",
version: "1.0.0",
pathname: "/",

const app = express();

app.get(podlet.manifest(), (req, res) => {

app.get(podlet.proxy({ target: "/content", name: "content" }), (req, res) => {
res.send("This is the actual content for the page");

app.get(podlet.content(), (req, res) => {
const { mountOrigin, publicPathname } = res.locals.podium.context;
const url = new URL(publicPathname, mountOrigin);

<div id="content-placeholder"></div>
fetch('${url.href + "content"}')
.then((response) => response.text())
.then(content => {
const el = document.getElementById('content-placeholder');
el.innerHTML = content;


Public podlets and cross-origin resource sharing

If your infrastructure is set up so podlet servers are publicly available you can choose to communicate with podlet servers directly by enabling cross-origin resource sharing (CORS). You can still use the Podium proxy if you prefer.