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window postmessage plugin

Modern browsers now support cross-window/cross-domain/cross-origin messaging through window.postMessage.

postmessage is a simple wrapper for window.postMessage and the window message event, for those who wish to use this feature in a more jQuery-like way.

postmessage falls back to window location hash polling for browsers that do not support window.postMessage (i.e., IE7).

postmessage allows messaging back and forth using JSON where window.postMessage only allows simple string-based messages.

postmessage also allows for complete request/response roundtrips using success/error callbacks modeled after jQuery.ajax.

postmessage is tested on Safari 4, WebKit (Nightlies), Chrome 4, Firefox 3, IE8, IE7 and Opera 10.10.



    Send postmessage.

    options:Map (Required)
            A set of key/value pairs that configure the postmessage:

            target:Window (Required)
                    The target window to send the postmessage.

            type:String (Required)
                    The postmessage type. The postmessage will be
                    dispatched to handler(s) bound to postmessages of this 

            data:Object (Required)
                    The postmessage data to be sent.

            success:Function (Optional)
                    A function to be called if the postmessage succeeds. 
                    The function gets passed the object returned by the 
                    postmessage handler.

            error:Function (Optional)
                    A function to be called if the postmessage fails. The 
                    function gets passed the object thrown (Exception) by 
                    the postmessage handler.

            origin:String or Array (Optional)
                    The target origin for the postmessage to be 
                    dispatched, either as the literal string "*"
                    (indicating no preference), as a URI or as 
		an array of URIs [uri1, uri2, ... uriX]. 
		The postmessage will only be dispatched if 
		the scheme, hostname and port match the target origin. 
		Default is "*".

            url:String (Optional)
                    Required if window.postMessage is not available or 
                    using location hash. The current url of the target 
                    window you are sending the postmessage to. This is 
                    required for setting the location hash of the target 
                    window since you may not have access to reading the 
                    target window.location. 

            hash:Boolean (Optional)
                    You can force passing postmessages via the target 
                    window location hash by setting this to true.

pm.bind(type, fn, [origin], [hash], [async_reply])

    Bind postmessage handler on the current window.

    type:String (Required)
            The postmessage type to bind to.

    fn:Function (Required) Parameters - (data, [successCallBack], [errorCallBack])
            The postmessage handler. A function to execute each time the 
            postmessage type is received. The function gets passed the 
            postmessage data.

    origin:String (Optional)
            A URI specifying the origin of the postmessage. If specified, 
            the postmessage handler will only be executed if the 
            postmessage is received from the same origin matching the 
            scheme, hostname and port. Otherwise, the postmessage sender 
            will be notified through it's error callback of the origin 

                    "message": "postmessage origin mismatch",
                    "origin": [

            You can set this globally. However, the origin specified in 
            the bind method will take precedence.

                pm.origin = "http://www.xyz.com";
	    pm.origin = ["http://abc.com", "http://xyz.com"];

    hash:Boolean (Optional)
            You can force location hash polling to check for postmessages 
            by setting this to true. This is required only if you are 
            (forcefully) passing postmessages via the location hash.

async_reply:Boolean (Optional)
	When setting this to true, the messages (success or error) 
	back to the sender in the bind method must be called manually.
	Instead of using return for success and throw for an error in the fn passed above,
	the function has two optional methods (successCallback and errorCallback), which 
	can be called to return data back to the sender when an asynchronous method has completed/failed.
	This is useful when performing asynchronous actions that are not immediately available. 

	For example, when using $.ajax to call a webservice, the successCallBack and errorCallBack
	can be invoked in the $.ajax success and error functions respectively.
	pm.bind("async", function(data, successCallBack, errorCallBack) {
                  type: "GET",
                  url: "http://xyz.com/GetData",
                  data: {},
	      contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",
                  dataType: "json"
                  success: function (data, status, xhr) {
                      successCallBack.call(this, data);
                  error: function (xhr, status, errorThrown) {
                      errorCallBack.call(this, errorThrown);
	}, origin, hash, async_result);

pm.unbind([type], [fn])

    Remove a previously-attached postmessage handler from the current 
    window. If type is not specified, all postmessage handlers will be 

    type:String (Optional)
            The postmessage type to unbind from. If only the type is 
            specified all handlers of this type will be removed.

    fn:Function (Optional)
            The function that is to be no longer executed.


  1. Install Node's http-server

    npm install -g http-server

  2. go to this folder and run


  3. open http://localhost:8080/test/test.html in your browser

  4. open http://localhost:8080/test/test-x.html in your browser

For examples and more:





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