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Migrating to Parse Server

Parse recently announced it's shutting down its service. This Parse server tutorial explains how to migrate to Parse Server, an open source alternative.

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How to setup a job on parse server?

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I have migrated parse database on objectrocket but now i want to replace it with mlab on heruko. How can i do that?

Awesome. Thank you. One follow up question:

Why have two apps in the dashboard config? As I have it set up below, my “local” dashboard actually updates the mongo DB on the server. The ‘heroku’ dashboard is empty… probably because I don’t have the correct serverURL.

“apps”: [
“serverURL”: “WHAT_GOES_HERE”,
“appId”: “shhh”,
“masterKey”: “shhh”,
“javascriptKey”: “shhh”,
“restKey”: “shhh”,
“appName”: “AppName-Heroku”
“serverURL”: “http://localhost:1337/parse”,
“appId”: “shhh”,
“masterKey”: “shhh”,
“appName”: “AppName-Local”

@ ranapnm
If you cloned your app and backed up your data in Parse before migrating to ObjectRocket, then you can repeat the process described in this tutorial for mLab. If you did not clone/back up your app on Parse before migrating, I’m not sure.

My images didn’t transfer over. Do you know if there is a way to do that? I rely on several hundred in my app… Thanks

@kschlagel Currently there is no “one-click” solution to transfer your images yet. You could transfer the images yourself by writing a script that should be fairly simple, e.g. simply loading and storing your images will store them on the new destination. That destination is your Parse Server’s mondoDB file system by default or a 3rd party storage provider if you have set up a storage adapter with your Parse Server. However I expect the developer community to come up with an easy general solution to transfer from’s S3 storage to another one in a couple of months, for now everyone is focused on stabilizing the still young Parse Server.

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@ranapnm Once your data is migrated off is it not as easy anymore to migrate it to another database. Also it will be harder to do it without down-time for your users. You can dump the data from the current database and import it into your new database. Then in your dashboard update the database connection string in “App Settings > General > Change connection string” so that the API endpoint redirects to the new database on mLab. That will result in a down-time for your app until the process is completed. There are a number of things to consider so I recommend you are trying this process with dummy data first. The guys at mLab are super helpful, so ask them in case you get stuck - data export / import wise.

Stuck at this part:

“Now that you’ve wired it up, you need to test if the Parse Server is talking to the remote database. Remember to insert your Application ID from the dashboard:”

I had everything up until then work perfectly, what am I missing?

I did curl -X GET \, then -H "X-Parse-Application-Id: <myAppId>" \ with my App ID in the required spot, then -H "Content-Type: application/json" \ and -d '{}' \, then I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be replacing anything in this line http://localhost:1337/parse/classes/Player but everything I’ve tried so far has given me this error: “curl: (7) Failed to connect to localhost port 1337: Connection refused”.

Any ideas? Thanks!

Great tutorial. So I have notifications working using curl, but how can we send notifications directly from the app using Swift as we used to?

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Hey, every time I run the curl command I get {“error”:“unauthorized: master key is required”}. I’ve include my master key in the app delegate, index.js, and the command itself. Any Idea on what I’m doing wrong?

HI, thanks so much for the tutorial. Please I need some help.
After migrating the server to Heroku, and I type this command
$ curl -X GET
-H "X-Parse-Application-Id: "
-H “Content-Type: application/json”
-d ‘{}’

, I received data from the remote server. However, my app does not receive any data. Please is there any configuration i need to do on Heroku for this to work?

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Hi Ray,

Thanks for the great tutorial. I successfully migrated one of my apps however I’m in need of some help. Apple recently rejected my app because the API threw an error when “connected via IPv6 wifi”. Do you know if Parse Server or supports IPv6?

When I use the following tool:, both my hosted address AND Heroku hosted address “fails” IPv6. Otherwise, I don’t know how to get my app approved. Please help. Thank you!

I have a question, and I realize it may be a basic one… Regarding the following step in the tutorial:

“Next, in the root folder of the ParsePlatform project, open index.js and replace the default database string with your MongoDB database URI:”

Do I open the index.js file that is in the Parse folder in the root directory of my mac? Is that what you meant?


Parse Server does not support Jobs. You can try to use some open source NodeJS modules like Kue or a Parse Service hosting like Back4App.

Its not possible to send notifications from your App. You have to write a cloud code function that send these notifications and call this function on your App.

Hello - in the section “Getting Started”, I am trying to run the Parse Starter project in Xcode. What is it expecting for username/password? When I supply my own valid credentials, I get an “authorization error”. Any ideas for me? Thank you.