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TypeScript PlaceOS Library

This library is a Typescript interface to PlaceOS


You can build the library from source after installing the dependencies with the command

npm run build


API docs can be found here

You can install the PlaceOS Typescript client with the npm command

npm install --save-dev @placeos/ts-client

Before using PlaceOS it will need to be initialised.

import { setup } from '@placeos/ts-client';

setup(config).then(() => doAfterAuthInitialised());

The setup method returns a promise that resolves after the auth flow has completed. The setup method takes a config object with the following properties

Property Description Optional Type Example
host Host name and port of the PlaceOS server Yes string "dev.placeos.com:8080"
mock Whether to initialise PlaceOS with mock services Yes boolean true
auth_uri URI for authorising users session No string "/auth/oauth/authorize"
token_uri URI for generating new auth tokens No string "/auth/token"
redirect_uri URI to redirect user to after authorising session No string "/oauth-resp.html"
scope Scope of the user permissions needed by the application No string "admin"
storage Browser storage to use for storing user credentials Yes `"local" "session"`
handle_login Whether PlaceOS should handle user login Yes boolean true
use_iframe Use iFrame for authorization of application Yes boolean false

Websocket API

PlaceOS exposes a websocket API through the realtime entrypoint.

The realtime entrypoint to provides methods for real-time interaction with modules running on PlaceOS. It provides an interface to build efficient, responsive user interfaces, monitoring systems and other extensions which require live, two-way or asynchronous interaction.

Once PlaceOS has initialised you can listen to values on modules

import { getModule } from '@placeos/ts-client';

const my_mod = getModule('sys-death-star', 'TestModule', 3);
const my_variable = my_mod.binding('power');
const unbind = my_variable.bind();
const sub = my_variable.listen(value => doSomething(value));

This binds to the power status variable on the 3rd TestModule in the system sys-death-star. Any changes to the value of power on PlaceOS will then be emitted to the function passed to listen.

Other than listening to changes of values you can also remotely execute methods on modules.

const my_mod = getModule('sys-death-star', 'DemoModule', 2);
    (resp) => handleSuccess(resp)
    (err) => handleError(err)

This will execute the method power_off on the 2nd DemoModule in the system sys-death-star. If the method doesn't exist or the system is turned off it will return an error. The response from PlaceOS can be handled using the promise returned by the execute method.


For the HTTP API, PlaceOS provides various methods for each of the root endpoints available on PlaceOS's RESTful API.

Docs for the API can be found here https://docs.placeos.com/api/control

Methods are provided for brokers, drivers, metadata, modules, repositories, settings, systems, triggers, users, and zones.

// Drivers CRUD
addDriver(driver_data).subscribe(new_driver => doSomething(new_driver));
showDriver(driver_id).subscribe(driver => doSomething(driver));
updateDriver(driver_id, driver_data).subscribe(updated_driver => doSomething(updated_driver));
removeDriver(driver_id).subscribe(() => doSomething());

// Modules CRUD
addModule(module_data).subscribe(new_module => doSomething(new_module));
showModule(module_id).subscribe(mod => doSomething(mod));
updateModule(module_id, module_data).subscribe(updated_module => doSomething(updated_module));
removeModule(module_id).subscribe(() => doSomething());

// Systems CRUD
addSystem(system_data).subscribe(new_system => doSomething(new_system));
showSystem(system_id).subscribe(system => doSomething(system));
updateSystem(system_id, system_data).subscribe(updated_system => doSomething(updated_system));
removeSystem(system_id).subscribe(() => doSomething());

// Users CRUD
addUser(user_data).subscribe(new_user => doSomething(new_user));
showUser(user_id).subscribe(user => doSomething(user));
updateUser(user_id, user_data).subscribe(updated_user => doSomething(updated_user));
removeUser(user_id).subscribe(() => doSomething());

// Zones CRUD
addZone(zone_data).subscribe(new_zone => doSomething(new_zone));
showZone(zone_id).subscribe(zone => doSomething(zone));
updateZone(zone_id, zone_data).subscribe(updated_zone => doSomething(updated_zone));
removeZone(zone_id).subscribe(() => doSomething());

The modules also provide methods for the various item action endpoints

// Driver Actions

// Module Actions
lookupModuleState(module_id, lookup);

// System Actions
addSystemModule(system_id, module_name);
removeSystemModule(system_id, module_name);
executeOnSystem(system_id, module_name, index, args);
lookupSystemModuleState(system_id, module_name, index, lookup);
functionList(system_id, module_name, index);
moduleTypes(system_id, module_name);

// User Actions

Objects returned by show and query methods are immutable. Therefore to change items you'll need to create a new object to store the changes.

showZone(zone_id).then(zone => {
    cosnole.log(zone.description); // Some Description
    const zone_edited = new PlaceZone({ ...zone, description: 'New description' });
    updateZone(zone_edited.id, zone_edited).then(updated_zone => {
        cosnole.log(updated_zone.description); // New description

You can find more details about endpoint action on the API docs


Writing mocks

If you don't have access to a PlaceOS server you can also write mocks so that you can still develop interfaces for PlaceOS.

To use the mock services you can pass mock: true into the initialisation object.


To write mocks for the the realtime(websocket) API you'll need to register your systems with the registerSystem before attempting to bind to the modules it contains.

import { registerSystem } from '@placeos/ts-client';

registerSystem('my-system', {
    MyModule: [
            power: true,
            $power_on: function() {
                this.power = true;
            $power_off: function() {
                this.power = false;

Note that executable methods on mock systems are namespaced with $ as real systems in PlaceOS allow for methods to have the same name as variables.

Once initialised interactions with a system are performed in the same manner as the live system.

const my_mod = getModule('my-system', 'MyModule', 1);
const my_variable = my_mod.binding('power');
const unbind = my_variable.bind();
const sub = my_variable.listen(value => doSomething(value)); // Emits true
my_mod.execute('power_off'); // The listen callback will now emit false

Some methods may need access to other modules within the system, for this a property is appended on runtime called _system which allows for access to the parent system

registerSystem('my-system', {
    "MyModule": [
            $lights_off: function () { this._system.MyOtherModule[0].lights = false; }
    "MyOtherModule": [
            lights: true,

HTTP Requests

HTTP API Requests can be mocked in a similar way to the realtime API by registering handlers with registerMockEndpoint

import { registerMockEndpoint } from '@placeos/ts-client';

    path: '/api/engine/v2/systems',
    metadata: {},
    method: 'GET',
    callback: request => my_mock_systems

Paths allow for route parameters and will pass the value in the callback input.

    path: '/api/engine/v2/systems/:system_id',
    callback: (request) =>
        my_mock_systems.find(sys => sys.id === request.route_params.system_id)

Handlers may also throw errors

    path: `/api/engin/v2/systems/:id`,
    method: 'GET',
    callback: (request) => {
        if (request.route_params.id) {
        throw { status: 404, message: 'Invalid system ID' }; 

Query parameters are also available on the callback input.

GET, POST, PUT, PATCH and DELETE requests can be mocked out.

If a request is made and there are no handlers it will attempt to make the live request.


Authentication is handled automatically by the library but can be configured with the setup configuration.

If you wish to handle login within your application you can set handle_login to false to prevent redirecting to the login URL set in the authority.
If you wish to prevent redirecting the application to handle application authentication you can set use_iframe to true to have that handled in the background.

Authentication Flowchart

Usage with Node JS

It is possible to use ts-client with Node JS. It requires an addition setup step before the library can be used loading the library.


const ts_client = require('@placeos/ts-client');

async function setupPlaceOS() {
    await ts_client.preSetupNode();
    await ts_client.setup({


import { preSetupNode, setup } from '@placeos/ts-client';

async function setupPlaceOS() {
    await preSetupNode();
    await setup({



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