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Using Third Party Libraries in Rulesets (server side)

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Third party NodeJS libraries can now be utilised from within server side rulesets.

It is necessary to copy the node js files of the library to a specific folder within the Formbird application folder structure. In this way, only fully sanctioned libraries can be used from within a ruleset.

This usage is for scripting within server side rulesets only.


  • Formbird app version 2.1.5 or later


  • Copy the third-party node library into Formbird server folders (see section below)
  • Use the following code to "import" the library
var ourObject = require('./server/vendor/object-folder/object-file.js');
-- OR --
var ourObject = require('./server/vendor/object-file.js');

depending on how you have copied the third party library.

  • Utilise the imported object as per the library's syntax.


   turf = require('./server/vendor/turf.js');

   var line = turf && turf.lineString([[-74, 40], [-78, 42], [-82, 35]]);"********************* Turf js result : " + JSON.stringify(line));

Installing the 3rd Party Node Library to Formbird

  • Install the third party node library at any location on your hard drive, eg npm install turf

  • Copy the content from within the resulting node_modules folder (eg, folder called "turf"), to your Formbird application folder, formbird-app/server/vendor/ folder.

-- OR --

  • Find the single js file that encapsulates the library (eg, ./turf/turf.js), and copy only that to formbird-app/server/vendor/ folder.