Quick-and-dirty REST server for RDP testing

Aaron Member, Administrator, Moderator, Employee Posts: 522 admin
edited October 2021 in Tips and Tricks #1

Hi there! I thought I'd share a (possibly!) useful snippet of code that you can use to receive REST requests, and respond with a canned body. It's in Node. I don't know Node, so apologies if it's not glamourous code. I was inspired by the "Simple REST Consumer" on this tutorial: https://solace.com/samples/solace-samples-rest-messaging/publish-subscribe/

Update the variable RC_HOST at the top of the file with your machine's IP address. Don't use localhost, use the actual IP address. Note, if using WSL2, you'll need to use the "internal" address of the virtual machine. On my Windows machine, I run this from the Ubuntu shell, so my IP address looks like

And if running the PubSub+ broker locally, inside your RDP Rest Consumer, you can't use "localhost" or "" when testing with an RDP, because the Solace broker has it's own networking setup. You'll have to specify your actual IP address, or whatever you started the server with.

Anyhow, copy this into a file, and then simply run node NodeServer.js

% cat NodeServer.js
var http = require('http');

var RC_PORT = 9090;
//var RC_HOST = '';     // only works from browser, not RDP
//var RC_HOST = '';    // home
var RC_HOST = '';  // office LAN

http.createServer(function (req, res) {
    let date_ob = new Date();
    var dateStr = date_ob.getHours()+':'+date_ob.getMinutes()+':'+date_ob.getSeconds();
    //console.log(req);  // all the details of this request
    console.log('Received message: ' + req.method + " " + req.url + ' at ' + dateStr);
    Object.keys(req.headers).forEach(function(key) {
        //if (!key.startsWith('solace')) return;
        var val = req.headers[key];
        console.log('  HEAD:' + key + ' = ' + val);
    let body = [];
    req.on('data', (chunk) => {
    }).on('end', () => {
        body = Buffer.concat(body).toString();
        // at this point, `body` has the entire request body stored in it as a string
        console.log('  BODY: '+ body);

    //res.writeHead(200);  // bytes message
    res.writeHead(200, { 'Content-Type': 'text/plain' });  // text message
    res.write("Hello world from Aaron's test HTTP server!");

// good to go!
console.log('Server running at http://'+RC_HOST+':'+RC_PORT+'/');

When you send a request, it will dump stuff out to the console. Here's a quick test from Chrome, loading

Server running at
Received message: GET /hello/world at 15:0:48
  HEAD:host =
  HEAD:connection = keep-alive
  HEAD:upgrade-insecure-requests = 1
  HEAD:user-agent = Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/85.0.4183.121 Safari/537.36
  HEAD:accept = text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,image/avif,image/webp,image/apng,*/*;q=0.8,application/signed-exchange;v=b3;q=0.9
  HEAD:accept-encoding = gzip, deflate
  HEAD:accept-language = en-GB,en-US;q=0.9,en;q=0.8

Have fun playing with RDPs and Solace+REST!


  • Aaron
    Aaron Member, Administrator, Moderator, Employee Posts: 522 admin

    Bump! I just found out that Solace's beloved command line test tool SdkPerf has a REST mode, and can act as a webhook endpoint, echoing incoming REST requests from RDPs, just like my above Node webserver.

    Then from the command line, pretty much all you need is to tell it which port to bind to using the -spl parameter:

    ./sdkperf_rest.sh -spl=12345 -md -q

    Then if I do the same test as above, just using Chrome to verify: http://localhost:12345/hello/world:

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Start Message ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Post-Request-URI  :             %2Fhello%2Fworld
    DeliveryMode      :             PERSISTENT
     Cookie           :             _ga=GA1.1.567890820.1615794484; fs_uid=rs.fullstory.com#13AXQ4#6077823464579072:4684159190376448#0ef8131a#/1656476679; ajs_user_id=d071d4c2-e717-41ac-b344-3ccd9f8d10cd; ajs_anonymous_id=632237e8-ab12-4e22-9036-37b493ca8bc6; TSID=8dfa125aa9f4a4b9
     Accept           :             text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,image/avif,image/webp,image/apng,*/*;q=0.8,application/signed-exchange;v=b3;q=0.9
     Connection       :             keep-alive
     User-Agent       :             Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/94.0.4606.71 Safari/537.36
     Sec-Fetch-Site   :             none
     Sec-Fetch-Dest   :             document
     Host             :             localhost:12345
     Accept-Encoding  :             gzip, deflate, br
     Sec-Fetch-Mode   :             navigate
     sec-ch-ua        :             "Chromium";v="94", "Google Chrome";v="94", ";Not A Brand";v="99"
     sec-ch-ua-mobile :             ?0
     Upgrade-Insecure-Requests :            1
     sec-ch-ua-platform :           "Windows"
     Sec-Fetch-User   :             ?1
     Accept-Language  :             en-GB,en-US;q=0.9,en;q=0.8
     NanoHttpd.QUERY_STRING :               /hello/world
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ End Message ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Awesome! Remember, you need to configure your RDP REST Consumer remote host with your host computer's actual IP address, not just "localhost" or

  • marc
    marc Member, Administrator, Moderator, Employee Posts: 916 admin

    Thanks @Aaron - I didn't know this either!