Getting Started with Hyper

Welcome to Getting Started with Hyper! The purpose of this tutorial is for you to get a minimal Hyper project up and running. It assumes only that you have working PureScript development environment, with node, psc, pulp, and bower installed. If you do not have those tools already, follow the installation steps described in Getting Started in the PureScript documentation.


Hyper requires PureScript version 0.10.6, or higher.

Start off by generating an empty project by entering the following commands in your terminal:

mkdir hello-hyper
cd hello-hyper
pulp init

Then install purescript-hyper, and add it as a project dependency, by running:

bower i purescript-hyper --save

You now have what you need to write a server. Edit src/Main.purs to look like this:

module Main where

import Prelude
import Control.IxMonad ((:*>))
import Control.Monad.Eff (Eff)
import Control.Monad.Eff.Console (CONSOLE)
import Hyper.Node.Server (defaultOptionsWithLogging, runServer)
import Hyper.Response (closeHeaders, respond, writeStatus)
import Hyper.Status (statusOK)
import Node.HTTP (HTTP)

main :: forall e. Eff (console :: CONSOLE, http :: HTTP | e) Unit
main =
  let app = writeStatus statusOK
            :*> closeHeaders
            :*> respond "Hello, Hyper!"
  in runServer defaultOptionsWithLogging {} app

The main function defines a value app, which is a Middleware, responding with the HTTP status “200 OK”, no extra headers, and “Hello, Hyper!” as the response body. The use of runServer creates a NodeJS server running our middleware.

Now build and run the program:

pulp run

You should see output similar to the following:

* Building project in /tmp/hello-hyper
* Build successful.
Listening on http://localhost:3000

Open http://localhost:3000 in your web browser, and you should see “Hello, Hyper!” rendered. Congratulations, you have written your first web server using Hyper!