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by Vytenis Urbonavičius

Job Pipe provides a simple way to limit parallel executions of one or more JavaScript functions. Parallel execution limit is configurable.

If limit is exceeded, further jobs are queued until a configured maximum queue length is reached. When that limit is exceeded, oldest waiting job is dismissed and new job is added to the queue.

Typical Usage

import {createPipe} from 'job-pipe'

const pipe = createPipe()

const foo1 = async () => {
  // Do something asynchronous

const foo2 = () =>
  new Promise(resolve => {
    // Do something asynchronous

const pipedFoo1 = pipe(foo1)
const pipedFoo2 = pipe(foo2)

const promise1 = pipedFoo1() // Will be executed at once
const promise2 = pipedFoo2() // Will wait for promise1 to resolve

// Below call will reject promise2 with JobPipeQueueExceeded
// and then wait for promise1 before execution
const promise3 = pipedFoo1()

Piped functions accept same arguments and return same results as original ones (unless they are rejected due to configured pipe limitations as documented further in this readme).

Custom Pipe

Pipe can be customized by providing optional pipe properties to createPipe as object with keys:

Key Default value Meaning
throughput 1 Maximum amount of parallel executions
maxQueueSize 1 Maximum amount of waiting jobs. If additional job is triggered when queue is full, oldest waiting job will be rejected with JobPipeQueueExceeded exception and new job will be added to the end of queue. For unlimited queue use {maxQueueSize: Infinity}.


const pipe = createPipe({
  throughput: 2,
  maxQueueSize: 2,

Additional API

When pipe is created, there are additional methods attached to the response:

const pipe = createPipe()

// Provides amount of jobs which are currently being executed in parallel

// Provides amount of jobs which are waiting for execution

// Rejects promises of all jobs with JobPipeAborted exception
// Clears the pipe and removes all jobs from queue

Thrown Exceptions

Exception Class Meaning
JobPipeError Any exception which is handled by Job Pipe is a child of this class. JobPipeError extends default JavaScript Error.
JobPipeQueueExceeded Job is rejected with this exception when it has been cancelled because maximum queue size was exceeded.
JobPipeAborted Job is rejected with this exception when whole Job Pipe is manually aborted.

Example of how aborted jobs can be ignored:

const pipe = createPipe()

const pipedFn = pipe(someFunction)

try {
  await pipedFn()
} catch (e) {
  if (!(e instanceof JobPipeAborted)) {
    throw e

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