@hyperswarm/rpc

3.3.2 • Public • Published

Hyperswarm RPC

Simple RPC over the Hyperswarm DHT, backed by Protomux.

npm install @hyperswarm/rpc

Usage

const RPC = require('@hyperswarm/rpc')

const rpc = new RPC()

const server = rpc.createServer()
await server.listen()

server.respond('echo', (req) => req)

const client = rpc.connect(server.publicKey)
await client.request('echo', Buffer.from('hello world'))
// <Buffer 'hello world'>

API

const rpc = new RPC([options])

Construct a new RPC instance.

Options include:

{
  // Optional default value encoding.
  valueEncoding: encoding,
  // A Noise keypair that will be used by default to listen/connect on the DHT.
  // Defaults to a new key pair.
  keyPair,
  // A unique, 32-byte, random seed that can be used to deterministically 
  // generate the key pair.
  seed: buffer,
  // Optionally overwrite the default bootstrap servers. Not used if a DHT
  // instance is passed instead.
  bootstrap: ['host:port'],
  // A DHT instance. Defaults to a new instance.
  dht
}

await rpc.destroy([options])

Fully destroy this RPC instance.

This will also close any running servers. If you want to force close the instance without waiting for the servers to close pass { force: true }.

If a DHT instance was passed when constructing the RPC instance, this DHT will not be destroyed; the RPC instance will only destroy DHT instances that it itself has constructed.

Creating clients

const client = rpc.connect(publicKey[, options])

Options are the same as dht.connect().

client.dht

The DHT instance used by the client.

client.rpc

The ProtomuxRPC instance used by the client.

client.closed

Whether or not the RPC channel is closed.

client.mux

The muxer used by the channel.

client.stream

The stream used by the channel.

const response = await client.request(method, value[, options])

Perform an RPC request, returning a promise that will resolve with the value returned by the request handler or reject with an error.

Options include:

{
  // Optional encoding for both requests and responses, defaults to raw
  valueEncoding: encoding,
  requestEncoding: encoding, // Optional encoding for requests
  responseEncoding: encoding // Optional encoding for responses
}

client.event(method, value[, options])

Perform an RPC request but don't wait for a response.

Options are the same as client.request().

client.cork()

Cork the underlying channel. See channel.cork() for more information.

client.uncork()

Uncork the underlying channel. See channel.uncork() for more information.

await client.end()

Gracefully end the RPC channel, waiting for all inflights requests before closing.

client.destroy([err])

Forcefully close the RPC channel, rejecting any inflight requests.

client.on('open', [handshake])

Emitted when the remote side adds the RPC protocol.

client.on('close')

Emitted when the RPC channel closes, i.e. when the remote side closes or rejects the RPC protocol or we closed it.

client.on('destroy')

Emitted when the RPC channel is destroyed, i.e. after close when all pending promises has resolved.

Requesting without clients

const response = await rpc.request(publicKey, method, value[, options])

Same as client.request but allocates a client in the internal pool that is auto closed after 10s of inactivity or rpc destruction.

rpc.event(publicKey, method, value[, options])

Same as client.event but allocates a client in the internal pool that is auto closed after 10s of inactivity or rpc destruction.

Creating servers

const server = rpc.createServer([options])

Create a new RPC server for responding to requests.

Options are the same as dht.createServer().

server.dht

The DHT instance used by the server.

await server.listen([keyPair])

Make the server listen on a key pair, defaulting to rpc.defaultKeyPair. To connect to this server use keyPair.publicKey as the connect address.

server.respond(method[, options], handler)

Register a handler for an RPC method. The handler has the signature handler(request, rpc) and must either return the response value or throw an error. rpc is a ProtomuxRPC instance.

Note that rpc.stream is a HyperswarmSecretStream instance, from which you can get information about the connection. For example, rpc.stream.remotePublicKey returns the public key of the initiator of the request.

Only a single handler may be active for any given method; any previous handler is overwritten when registering a new one.

Options include:

{
  // Optional encoding for both requests and responses, defaults to raw
  valueEncoding: encoding,
  requestEncoding: encoding, // Optional encoding for requests
  responseEncoding: encoding // Optional encoding for responses
}

server.unrespond(method)

Remove a handler for an RPC method.

await server.close()

Stop listening.

server.address()

Returns an object containing the address of the server:

{
  host, // External IP of the server,
  port, // External port of the server if predictable,
  publicKey // Public key of the server
}

server.on('listening')

Emitted when the server is fully listening on a key pair.

server.on('connection', rpc)

Emitted when an RPC client connects. rpc is a ProtomuxRPC instance.

server.on('close')

Emitted when the server is fully closed.

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