Node Package (PullZesty)

Last updated 4 months ago

PullZesty is a npm package created to assist you in pulling content from It streamlines the process and is extremely customizable to your needs. PullZesty is most easily used for integrating with React, Ruby on Rails, Hugo, and Jekyll. For Swift, we instead recommend using the ZestySwiftContentEndpointWrapper, a library made specifically for iOS / macOS Development.

Additionally, if you ever want more functionality, you can submit a request, or also create it yourself using the BasicJSON and Custom Endpoints API, using simple GET Requests.


PullZesty uses npm, so we'll first need to install node.


brew install node

debian / ubuntu

curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

other platforms

See the Node.js website

After we've installed node, we can simply clone the pullzesty repository and install the package

git clone
cd pullzesty
npm install
npm link

How it Works

Using pullzesty is simple. Simply run

pullzesty zesty.yaml

where zesty.yaml is your config file (explained in detail below).

Optionally, you can also add the --verbose flag to see where each file is created.

Note that in order to use pullzesty, you will need to enable Basic JSON Endpoints.

Understanding zesty.yaml

Your zesty.yaml file defines the structure of where your data will be downloaded and refreshed to, as well as what data is downloaded.

Example zesty.yaml File

instanceURL: # this is the url of your zesty site
items: # templateset / single pages
6-4ac048-ksk3gq: content/
6-adc030-h0lgs4: content/
6-4b5c74-fg83s2: content/
6-524458-d5wjpw: content/
6-f5f094-ggchl1: content/
6-2c1804-2w70lf: content/
6-e8ebe0-1wns63: content/
6-693008-j6h1nv: content/
arrays: # pagegroup pages
6-552d64-9rp79b: content/articles
6-8d6f30-zc84qx: content/event_list
6-9bfe5c-ntqxrs: content/location_pages
6-ca7ed0-bx3vpj: content/local_events
6-192984-tjwntl: content/career_list
6-4a7e40-3sld16: content/foods
6-1efbc8-c4x74s: content/drinks
6-df06e8-np6wzp: content/local_careers_list
6-94ecbc-pzz5cr: content/local_menu
6-bfb9d0-5tpp6m: content/menu_categories
6-97a8f4-td4p72: content/menu_items
6-b2a8b4-nftph9: content/menu_tagsendpoints
custom: # custom created endpoints
/-/custom/menulist.json: data/menulist.json
/-/custom/menulist.json?featured=true: data/featured.json
/-/custom/invite.ics?id=: data/invite.ics
items: # single pages / items
7-468214-r277lp: data/menuMetaData.json
6-e07c5c-qnbx7v: data/clippings
6-202668-2mdd7d: data/widgets
6-6b70ec-rjxlm5: data/footer
6-4ea27c-45qz75: data/coupons

3 Main Variables

zesty.yaml has 3 main variables that you can set: instanceURL, contentZuids, and endpoints.


This is autogenerated to be your production site, but you can manually change this to reflect the preview site (which looks like


This field takes in two other fields, items and arrays. Items refers to all templateset / single type pages. pullzesty creates a markdown file for each item at the specified path with a yaml heading, like so:
parent_zuid`: undefined
sort: 1
_item_zuid: 7-a4b6ac-bc4n0q
_version_zuid: 9-6b1bc3f-8xp7p2
_version: 8
_lang: 1
_created_at: 2018-07-23 21:35:59
_created_by_user_zuid: 5-b4d1c4d6ca-hzfn90
_meta_link_text: About
_meta_title: About
_meta_description: null
_meta_keywords: null
created_at: 2018-07-23 21:36:05
updated_at: 2018-08-13 22:52:05
deleted_at: null
description: <p>Behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts.</p><p>In those blind texts lies the secrets to humanity itself, and listed on the first page is the recipe for the classic ZestyBurger. Our founder, Ronak Shah, took that recipe and made a franchise out of it, to spread the heavenly taste across the world.</p>
header: Far, far away
deleted1: null
image: 3-6a33b54-wtrbt
link_title: See the menu
link_destination: /menu
zuid: 18-6b1bc45-h8j2f3
item_zuid: 7-a4b6ac-bc4n0q
version_zuid: 9-6b1bc3f-8xp7p2
version_num: 8
publish_at: 2018-07-23 21:36:05
take_offline_at: null
published_by_user_zuid: 5-b4d1c4d6ca-hzfn90

The arrays field takes in pagegroup type pages, and pullzesty creates a markdown file for each subpage of the pagegroup. (the markdown file is formatted exactly like items)


This field takes in three fields, items and arrays (like contentZuids), but also takes in custom. Items and Arrays refer to templateset/ single type pages and pagegroup type pages respectively (just like in contentZuids), but custom is a bit different. Custom can take in any custom endpoint that you've created (for more information on how to create a custom endpoint, see the docs at To get the endpoint url, simply find the Data-Endpoint field in the Code Bank inside the editor.

Finding the Data Endpoint Field