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P is for peer-to-peer networking with browsers

P is a small framework used to create browser-to-browser networks (as opposed to just a connection). With P, you can:

  • Connect to other browsers using a simple WebSocket server.
  • Connect to other browsers using your established connections to other browsers. This is what makes P unique: it allows for transitive connections across peers, allowing easy creation of mesh networks.

After a connection is established the middleman is no longer nescessary – no proxies are involved.

This is made possible by an unstable and young technology -- WebRTC. Currently, only Chrome and Firefox support this technology.

onramp, a simple WebSocket server, is used as the signaling channel to establish initial connections.


// Initializing 
var rootNode = P.create(); // create the root node 
// Connection management 
var webSocketNode = rootNode.connect(address); // connect to an onramp WebSocket server 
var webRtcNode = webSocketNode.connect(address); // connect to a peer using an onramp connection 
var webRtcNode = webRtcNode.connect(address); // connect to a peer using an existing peer connection 
anyNode.close(); // close the connection 
anyNode.isOpen(); // return true if the connection is open 
var nodeArray = anyNode.getPeers(); // returns an array of all peer connections 
// Firewalling connections 
var protectedNode = P.create({
  firewall: function(offerData){
    // Only accept RTC connection offers which send 'secret' as the offer data 
    // this firewall rule will apply to any child nodes as well 
    return offerData === 'secret';
// Send offerData with a connection request 
anyNode.connect({address: address, offerData: 'secret'});
// Sending and receiving messages 
webRtcNode.send(message); // send a message to a peer; can be json, string, or arraybuffer 
webRtcNode.on('message', function(message){}); // listens for messages from a peer 
webRtcNode.on('array buffer', function(arrayBuffer){}); // listens for array buffers from a peer 
// Events 
anyNode.on('connection', function(peerNode){}); // emitted when a connection is made via this peer 
anyNode.on('open', function(){}); // emitted when this connection is open and ready 
anyNode.on('close', function(){}); // emitted when this connection is closed 
anyNode.on('error', function(err){}); // listens for errors for this connection 
anyNode.removeListener(eventName, optionalCallback); // stops listening to an event 


Release Notes

  • 0.3.1 - Added 'firewall' option to firewall RTC requests.
  • 0.3 - Major refactor of internals and simplification of API, Firefox support, and respectable unit test coverage.
  • 0.2 - Public release