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An implementation of The Web Application Messaging Protocol (WAMP).


Autobahn|JS is a subproject of the Autobahn project and provides an open-source implementation of the Web Application Messaging Protocol V2 in JavaScript

It is licensed under the MIT license.

WAMP provides asynchronous Remote Procedure Calls and Publish & Subscribe for applications in one protocol running over WebSocket (and fallback transports for old browsers).

Autobahn|JS runs on both Web browsers and Node.js.

What can I do with this stuff?

Autobahn|JS makes distributed, realtime Web applications easy: it provides the infrastructure for both distributing live updates to all connected clients (using the PubSub messaging pattern) and for calling remote procedures in different backend components (using RPC).

It is ideal for distributed, multi-client and server applications, such as multi-user database-drive business applications, real-time charts, sensor networks (IoT), instant messaging or MMOGs (massively multi-player online games).

The protocol that Autobahn|JS uses, WAMP, enables application architectures with application code distributed freely across processes and devices according to functional aspects. All WAMP clients are equal in that they can publish events and subscribe to them, can offer a procedure for remote calling and call remote procedures.

Since WAMP implementations exist for multiple languages, this extends beyond JavaScript clients: WAMP applications can be polyglot. Application components can be implemented in a language and run on a device which best fit the particular use case. Applications can span the range from embedded IoT sensors right to mobile clients or the browser - using the same protocol.

Show me some code

The following example implements all four roles that Autobahn|JS offers

  • Publisher
  • Subscriber
  • Caller (calls a remote procedure)
  • Callee (offers a remote procedure)

The code runs unaltered in the browser or Node.js!

var autobahn = require('autobahn');
var connection = new autobahn.Connection({url: 'ws://', realm: 'realm1'});
connection.onopen = function (session) {
   // 1) subscribe to a topic 
   function onevent(args) {
      console.log("Event:", args[0]);
   session.subscribe('com.myapp.hello', onevent);
   // 2) publish an event 
   session.publish('com.myapp.hello', ['Hello, world!']);
   // 3) register a procedure for remoting 
   function add2(args) {
      return args[0] + args[1];
   session.register('com.myapp.add2', add2);
   // 4) call a remote procedure'com.myapp.add2', [2, 3]).then(
      function (res) {
         console.log("Result:", res);


  • supports WAMP v2, works with any WAMP server
  • works both in the browser and Node.js
  • provides asynchronous RPC and PubSub messaging patterns
  • uses WebSocket or HTTP long-poll as transport
  • easy to use Promise-based API
  • pluggable promises/deferreds: use when.js (built-in), jQuery , Dojo, ECMA Script 6 or others
  • no dependencies
  • small size (244kB source, 111kB minified, 33kB compressed)
  • Open-Source (MIT License)

Get it

Browser Development

The latest release of AutobahnJS can be downloaded from here:

Previous releases are available under respective links containing the version number:

A complete history of AutobahnJS releases is also available from the built repository.

The latter can also be used with Bower:

bower install autobahn

NodeJS Development

AutobahnJS is available via the Node package manager here. To install:

npm install autobahn

More information

For more information, take a look at the project documentation. This provides:

Get in touch

Get in touch on IRC #autobahn on or the mailing list.


Autobahn|JS includes code from the following open-source projects

Special thanks to the Coders with an Unhealthy Javascript Obsession for creating when.js - A lightweight Promise and when() implementation, plus other async goodies.