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    JSONRPC Dispatch

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    JSONRPC is a module for managing JSONRPC requests and responses in JavaScript.

    This implementation is agnostic of the transport mechanism to send and receive JSONRPC messages. This means it can be easily integrated with XMLHttpRequests, HTTPServer, and postMessage cross domain messaging. A few of the features included are:

    • Async request/response support using promises
    • Method handling for JSONRPC requests
    • Method not found handling

    Includng JSONRPC

    Add jsonrpc-dispatch to your package.json

    npm install jsonrpc-dispatch --save

    Require the JSONRPC constructor into the module.

    import JSONRPC from 'jsonrpc-dispatch'

    Using JSONRPC

    The JSONRPC takes 2 arguments: a dispatcher and an object mapping of methods it will take requests for.

    const jsonrpc = new JSONRPC([dispatcher], [methods]);
    name type description
    dispatcher function A handler which is passed the JSONRPC message object to send.
    methods object A mapping of method names to function objects which the JSONRPC instance will handle requests for. The functions must return a promise.


    The below example creates a JSONRPC instance which supports a single API to add parameters together. The result is sent through the dispatcher to the parent frame using the postMessage API.

    const methods = {
      add(x, y) {
        // Always return a promise
        return Promise.resolve(+ y);
    const dispatcher = (message) => {
      // Post a message to the parent frame
      parent.postMessage(message, 'https://trustedDomain.com');
    const jsonrpc = new JSONRPC(dispatcher, methods);



    Sends a JSONRPC request to the provided dispatcher. The request takes 2 parameters

    name type description
    name String The method name to send the request for
    parameters Array or Object (Optional) The parameters to pass to the method call

    Returns an instance of a Promise which is resolved or rejected when the response is received.

    jsonrpc.request('foobar', ['biz', 'baz']).then((result) => {
      // TODO: do something with result



    Sends a JSONRPC notification request to the provided dispatcher. Notifications are similar to requests but do not have any responses and thus do not return a promise. Notifications take 2 parameters:

    name type description
    name String The method name to send the request for
    parameters Array or Object (Optional) The parameters to pass to the method call
    jsonrpc.notification('foobar', ['biz', 'baz']);


    Processes incoming JSONRPC messages to be handled as requests, responses or notifications. Handle takes a single argument:

    name type description
    message Object A JSONRPC request or response object
      id: '1',
      method: 'add',
      params: [1, 2],
      jsonrpc: '2.0'


    AJAX with jQuery

    Here is an example usage using AJAX as a transport mechanism to call a JSONRPC service which handles adding 2 numbers together.

    // 1. Create new JSONRPC instance which only makes requests.
    // Pass a dispatcher to post the messages to a server using jQuery.
    // Have the dispatcher pass the AJAX response to the jsonrpc#handle method.
    const jsonrpc = new JSONRPC((message) => {
      $.post('/jsonrpc-service', message, jsonrpc.handle.bind(jsonrpc), 'json')
    // 2. Send a JSONRPC request then print out the result
    jsonrpc.request('add', [1,2]).then((result) => {
      console.log('1 + 2 = ', result)




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