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    gRPC-Web Client Runtime Library

    gRPC-Web provides a Javascript library that lets browser clients access a gRPC service. You can find out much more about gRPC in its own website.

    gRPC-Web is now Generally Available, and considered stable enough for production use.

    gRPC-Web clients connect to gRPC services via a special gateway proxy: the current version of the library uses Envoy by default, in which gRPC-Web support is built-in.

    In the future, we expect gRPC-Web to be supported in language-specific Web frameworks, such as Python, Java, and Node. See the roadmap doc.

    Quick Start

    This example is using the echo.proto file from the Echo Example.

    1. Add grpc-web as a dependency using npm.
    $ npm i grpc-web
    1. Download protoc and the protoc-gen-grpc-web protoc plugin.

    You can download the protoc binary from the official protocolbuffers release page.

    You can download the protoc-gen-grpc-web protoc plugin from our Github release page.

    Make sure they are both executable and are discoverable from your PATH.

    1. Generate your proto messages and the service client stub classes with protoc and the protoc-gen-grpc-web plugin. You can set the import_style=commonjs option for both --js_out and --grpc-web_out.
    $ protoc -I=$DIR echo.proto \
    --js_out=import_style=commonjs:generated \
    1. Start using your generated client!
    const {EchoServiceClient} = require('./generated/echo_grpc_web_pb.js');
    const {EchoRequest} = require('./generated/echo_pb.js');
    const client = new EchoServiceClient('localhost:8080');
    const request = new EchoRequest();
    request.setMessage('Hello World!');
    const metadata = {'custom-header-1': 'value1'};
    client.echo(request, metadata, (err, response) => {
      // ...

    What's Next

    To complete the example, you need to run a proxy that understands the gRPC-Web protocol between your browser client and your gRPC service. The default proxy currently is Envoy. Please visit our Github repo for more information.

    Here's a quick way to get started!

    $ git clone
    cd grpc-web
    $ docker-compose up node-server envoy commonjs-client

    Open a browser tab, and go to:


    TypeScript Support

    The grpc-web module can now be imported as a TypeScript module. This is currently an experimental feature. Any feedback welcome!

    When using the protoc-gen-grpc-web protoc plugin, mentioned above, pass in either:

    • import_style=commonjs+dts: existing CommonJS style stub + .d.ts typings
    • import_style=typescript: full TypeScript output
    import * as grpcWeb from 'grpc-web';
    import {EchoServiceClient} from './echo_grpc_web_pb';
    import {EchoRequest, EchoResponse} from './echo_pb';
    const echoService = new EchoServiceClient('http://localhost:8080', null, null);
    const request = new EchoRequest();
    request.setMessage('Hello World!');
    const call = echoService.echo(request, {'custom-header-1': 'value1'},
      (err: grpcWeb.Error, response: EchoResponse) => {
    call.on('status', (status: grpcWeb.Status) => {
      // ...

    See a full TypeScript example here.

    Run Tests


    • protoc
    • protoc-gen-grpc-web plugin
    $ npm test




    npm i grpc-web


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