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node-addon-api module

This module contains header-only C++ wrapper classes which simplify the use of the C based Node-API provided by Node.js when using C++. It provides a C++ object model and exception handling semantics with low overhead.

There are three options for implementing addons: Node-API, nan, or direct use of internal V8, libuv, and Node.js libraries. Unless there is a need for direct access to functionality that is not exposed by Node-API as outlined in C/C++ addons in Node.js core, use Node-API. Refer to C/C++ addons with Node-API for more information on Node-API.

Node-API is an ABI stable C interface provided by Node.js for building native addons. It is independent of the underlying JavaScript runtime (e.g. V8 or ChakraCore) and is maintained as part of Node.js itself. It is intended to insulate native addons from changes in the underlying JavaScript engine and allow modules compiled for one version to run on later versions of Node.js without recompilation.

The node-addon-api module, which is not part of Node.js, preserves the benefits of the Node-API as it consists only of inline code that depends only on the stable API provided by Node-API. As such, modules built against one version of Node.js using node-addon-api should run without having to be rebuilt with newer versions of Node.js.

It is important to remember that other Node.js interfaces such as libuv (included in a project via #include <uv.h>) are not ABI-stable across Node.js major versions. Thus, an addon must use Node-API and/or node-addon-api exclusively and build against a version of Node.js that includes an implementation of Node-API (meaning an active LTS version of Node.js) in order to benefit from ABI stability across Node.js major versions. Node.js provides an ABI stability guide containing a detailed explanation of ABI stability in general, and the Node-API ABI stability guarantee in particular.

As new APIs are added to Node-API, node-addon-api must be updated to provide wrappers for those new APIs. For this reason, node-addon-api provides methods that allow callers to obtain the underlying Node-API handles so direct calls to Node-API and the use of the objects/methods provided by node-addon-api can be used together. For example, in order to be able to use an API for which the node-addon-api does not yet provide a wrapper.

APIs exposed by node-addon-api are generally used to create and manipulate JavaScript values. Concepts and operations generally map to ideas specified in the ECMA262 Language Specification.

The Node-API Resource offers an excellent orientation and tips for developers just getting started with Node-API and node-addon-api.

Current version: 7.0.0

(See for complete Changelog)


node-addon-api is based on Node-API and supports using different Node-API versions. This allows addons built with it to run with Node.js versions which support the targeted Node-API version. However the node-addon-api support model is to support only the active LTS Node.js versions. This means that every year there will be a new major which drops support for the Node.js LTS version which has gone out of service.

The oldest Node.js version supported by the current version of node-addon-api is Node.js 16.x.


API Documentation

The following is the documentation for node-addon-api.


Are you new to node-addon-api? Take a look at our examples


To run the node-addon-api tests do:

npm install
npm test

To avoid testing the deprecated portions of the API run

npm install
npm test --disable-deprecated

To run the tests targeting a specific version of Node-API run

npm install
npm test --NAPI_VERSION=X

where X is the version of Node-API you want to target.

To run a specific unit test, filter conditions are available

Example: compile and run only tests on and objectwrap.js

  npm run unit --filter=objectwrap

Multiple unit tests cane be selected with wildcards

Example: compile and run all test files ending with "reference" ->,,

   npm run unit --filter=*reference

Multiple filter conditions can be joined to broaden the test selection

Example: compile and run all tests under folders threadsafe_function and typed_threadsafe_function and also the file npm run unit --filter='*function objectwrap'


To run the node-addon-api tests with --debug option:

npm run-script dev

If you want a faster build, you might use the following option:

npm run-script dev:incremental

Take a look and get inspired by our test suite


You can run the available benchmarks using the following command:

npm run-script benchmark

See benchmark/ for more details about running and adding benchmarks.

More resource and info about native Addons

As node-addon-api's core mission is to expose the plain C Node-API as C++ wrappers, tools that facilitate n-api/node-addon-api providing more convenient patterns for developing a Node.js add-on with n-api/node-addon-api can be published to NPM as standalone packages. It is also recommended to tag such packages with node-addon-api to provide more visibility to the community.

Quick links to NPM searches: keywords:node-addon-api.

Other bindings


The use of badges is recommended to indicate the minimum version of Node-API required for the module. This helps to determine which Node.js major versions are supported. Addon maintainers can consult the Node-API support matrix to determine which Node.js versions provide a given Node-API version. The following badges are available:

Node-API v1 Badge Node-API v2 Badge Node-API v3 Badge Node-API v4 Badge Node-API v5 Badge Node-API v6 Badge Node-API v7 Badge Node-API v8 Badge Node-API v9 Badge Node-API Experimental Version Badge


We love contributions from the community to node-addon-api! See for more details on our philosophy around extending this module.

Team members


Name GitHub Link
Anna Henningsen addaleax
Chengzhong Wu legendecas
Jack Xia JckXia
Kevin Eady KevinEady
Michael Dawson mhdawson
Nicola Del Gobbo NickNaso
Vladimir Morozov vmoroz


Name GitHub Link
Arunesh Chandra aruneshchandra
Benjamin Byholm kkoopa
Gabriel Schulhof gabrielschulhof
Hitesh Kanwathirtha digitalinfinity
Jason Ginchereau jasongin
Jim Schlight jschlight
Sampson Gao sampsongao
Taylor Woll boingoing

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