Connect your app to your mobile backend, simply.


Anode is a communication framework for iOS, Android and Rails that simplifies client/server integration. For projects large and small, Anode lets you keep the flexibility of a custom backend while streamlining the communication layer.

Custom vs. BaaS

Selecting a mobile backend architecture for your next mobile app project is an important decision. Should you write a totally custom backend on Heroku? Or subscribe to a popular Backend as a Service (BaaS), such as Parse? The simplicity of setup and cleanliness of the client AP often make BaaS a tempting option. However, most serious app projects quickly outgrow such architectures, requiring a costly rewrite.

Anode: Confidently Create Your App Ecosystem

Anode combines the best of both worlds. You get the flexibility, security and power of a custom backend with a clean, easy to integrate client SDK.

  • Expressive Client Code

    Use the native client SDKs for iOS and Android to interact with server objects in clear, concise, expressive code.

  • New or Existing API

    Integrate an existing API or use the included Ruby components to quickly spin up a Rails-based API in minutes.

  • Save Time

    Anode takes care of the network chatter so you can focus on your app. Traverse objects, upload files and handle errors without getting bogged down in networking minutia.

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Fast & Expressive

Quickly write easy-to-read asynchronous interactions. Anode gives you all the basics and lets you add what you need, easily.

  • CRUD Operations

    Instantly add the ability to Create, Read, Update and Delete objects in a few lines of code.

  • Structured Queries

    Fetch lists of objects using powerful, human-readable query language without writing custom queries on the backend.

  • Users & Push Notifications

    Handle sign-up, login and push notifications using defaults or custom code.

Anode turns this...

NSString *string = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@products.php?format=json&id=7", BaseURLString];
NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:string];
NSURLRequest *request = [NSURLRequest requestWithURL:url];
AFHTTPRequestOperation *operation = [[AFHTTPRequestOperation alloc] initWithRequest:request];
operation.responseSerializer = [AFJSONResponseSerializer serializer];
[operation setCompletionBlockWithSuccess:^(AFHTTPRequestOperation *operation, id responseObject) {
    self.product = [[Product alloc] initWithJson: responseObject];
    [self reloadSomething];
} failure:^(AFHTTPRequestOperation *operation, NSError *error) {
    // TODO: determine nature of error?
    // TODO: see if message or known error code is provided?
    // TODO: de-dup repetitive error?
    // TODO: centralize presentation of errors?
    UIAlertView *alertView = [[UIAlertView alloc] initWithTitle:@"Error Retrieving Product Info"
                                                        message:[error localizedDescription]
    [alertView show];
[operation start];


ANQuery *productQuery = [ANQuery queryWithType:@"product"];
[productQuery findObjectWithId:@(7) block:^(ANObject *object, NSError *error) {
  self.product = object;
  [self reloadSomething];

Add Anode to Your Project

Import Anode and customize it to meet your needs on one or both platforms.

Anode - iOS

pod anode
Grab it on GitHub

Anode - Android

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