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Install with

$ npm i fingi-cmd --save


The package exports the Command class, a parse method and a Stream which is a Duplex stream that works on Command instances.


Create by invoking the constructor with new and passing the desired command properties.

var Command = require('fingi-cmd').Command;
var cmd = new Command({ action: 'HELLO' });

Properties include:

  • nonce - (number) The nonce counter.
  • source - (string array) The command source (or origin.)
  • action - (string) The action to carry out.
  • args - (string array) Arguments

Check with the official Fingi protocol description for more information.

When you already have a Command instance, these 2 methods may be of interest:


Signs the entire command line using the HMAC-SHA1 algorithm and append the resulting signature digest as the last argument.


Returns correct protocol represenation of the command as a string ready to be sent onto the wire.


The exported Stream is an instance of node core's Duplex object-mode stream which automatically parses incoming data into Command instances and then allow send()-ing out commands to the wire.

var CmdStream = require('fingi-cmd').Stream;
var commands = new CmdStream();

Receiving commands

To receive commands, pipe your raw incoming stream into the CmdStream and listen for the command event. The chunker module is also recommended to ensure that the stream always receives a full line.

commands.on('command', function(cmd) {
  console.log('receive:', cmd.action());

Or when using with chunker:

var chunker = new (require('chunker'))({ matcher: '\r\n' });
// commands.on('command')... as usual 

Sending commands

Send commands by using the send() method, passing in the Command instance to send.

// send PINGs every second. 
setInterval(function() {
  commands.send(new Command({ action: 'PING' }));
}, 1000);


Optionally, you may have a string representation that you would like to parse by yourself. You can do this by using the exported parse() function:

var parse = require('fingi-cmd').parse;
var input = '1000 server-name 9.9.99 | HELLO device\r\n';
var cmd = parse(input);
console.log(cmd.source[0]); // prints "server-name" 


MIT. See the LICENSE file for the full license text.