2.1.0 • Public • Published

RPC-client for oskari.org

Client library for interacting with Oskari.org embedded maps


1) Publish a map from an Oskari instance

Publishing a map will give you a html-fragment like this:

    <iframe src="http://www.mydomain.com/?uuid=map-identifier"></iframe>

2) Add an id to the iframe-element and add it to your page with a script to load the rpc-client.js and to initialize the connection:

    <iframe id="map" src="http://www.mydomain.com/idofpublishedmap"></iframe>
    <script src="dist/rpc-client.min.js"></script> 
        // init connection
        var IFRAME_DOMAIN = "http://www.mydomain.com";
        var channel = OskariRPC.connect(document.getElementById('map'), IFRAME_DOMAIN);
  • rpc-client.min.js can be found in the dist-folder in this repository
  • Notice that the value of IFRAME_DOMAIN must match the domain of the Oskari instance hosting the map.

3) onReady-function is called when the connection to the map has been established successfully.

You can get additional information and check that the client version you are using is supported from the single argument given to the callback:

    channel.onReady(function(info) {
        //channel is now ready and listening.
        channel.log('Map is now listening');
        var expectedOskariVersion = '1.36.0';
        if(!info.clientSupported) {
            channel.log('Oskari reported client version (' + OskariRPC.VERSION + ') is not supported.' +
            'The client might work, but some features are not compatible.');
        } else {
            if(info.version === expectedOskariVersion) {
                channel.log('Client is supported and Oskari version is ' + expectedOskariVersion);
            } else {
                channel.log('Oskari-instance is not the one we expect (' + expectedOskariVersion + ')');
                channel.log('Current Oskari-instance reports version as: ', info);

4) After this you can start using the API.

You can check supported features in the Oskari-instance you are using:

    channel.getSupportedEvents(function(supported) {
        channel.log('Supported events', supported);
    channel.getSupportedRequests(function(supported) {
        channel.log('Supported requests', supported);
    channel.getSupportedFunctions(function(supported) {
        channel.log('Supported functions', supported);
    // supported functions can also be detected by
    if (typeof channel.getAllLayers === 'function') {
        channel.getAllLayers(function(layers) {
            channel.log('Available layers', layers);
  • Events are used as notification of something that happened on the map like the user clicked the map, the map moved etc.
  • Requests are used to command the map like move the viewport of the map to show certain location.
  • Functions can be used to get information about the map like current bounding box or zoom level.

You can find the API documentation including an API changelog in https://github.com/nls-oskari/oskari/tree/develop/api. Also more information can be found in http://oskari.org and http://oskari.org/examples/rpc-api/rpc_example.html

Synchronizer helper

If you are using a frontend framework that is based on reactive state change and one way data-binding (like React), it can be hard to integrate the imperative API of oskari-rpc to your app. For this use-case oskari-rpc ships with the Synchronizer helper that simplifies app state to Oskari map state synchronization.

The synchronizer is created with giving the RPC channel and an Array of handlers as arguments:

var synchronizer = OskariRPC.synchronizerFactory(
    OskariRPC.connect(mapHtmlElement, IFRAME_DOMAIN),
    [handler1, handler2, ...]

And when the app wants to update the map state it calls synchronizer.synchronize(state), where state is the app specific state tree representing the map content/state.

When the iframe is about to be unmounted, the app should call synchronizer.destroy() to cleanup event listeners related to the RPC channel.

The handlers given in the Array above define the implementation of the synchronization. Uncoupled aspects of the map content can be implemented in separate handlers, each handler managing only a part of the Oskari map state. Handlers must implement the following interface methods:

init(channel) {...}
Called with the RPC channel as argument immediately after the channel is ready. Good place to start listening for events etc.

synchronize(channel, state) {...}
Called after synchronizer.synchronize(state) with the RPC channel and state given as arguments. This method should synchronize the Oskari map state to match the state tree given as argument. This is usually achieved by making postRequest calls over the channel. The handler should keep track of the Oskari map state so that it can only make the required changes to the state. Tip: using only immutable objects in the state tree greatly simplifies the synchronization logic implementatation as changes can be detected just by comparing object identity (===)!

Optionally the handler can implement the following method:

destroy() {...}
Called immediately before RPC channel is destroyed.


An example how the Synchronizer helper is used can be found under examples directory.

npm install

npm install oskari-rpc

Development tools

Building the dist packages

  1. Run npm install to install the dependencies/build tools

  2. Run npm run build to run the Gulp-build

  3. Find the updated rpc-client.js and rpc-client.min.js in dist-folder.

Running JSHint

Run npm run lint to detect errors.

Running JSCS

Run npm run format to check codestyle and fix it.



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