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PeerServer: A server for PeerJS

PeerServer helps establishing connections between PeerJS clients. Data is not proxied through the server.

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If you don't want to develop anything, just enter few commands below.

  1. Install the package globally:
    $ npm install peer -g
  2. Run the server:
    $ peerjs --port 9000 --key peerjs --path /myapp
      Started PeerServer on ::, port: 9000, path: /myapp (v. 0.3.2)
  3. Check it: It should returns JSON with name, description and website fields.

Also, you can use Docker image to run a new container:

$ docker run -p 9000:9000 -d peerjs/peerjs-server

Create a custom server:

If you have your own server, you can attach PeerServer.

  1. Install the package:

    #$ cd your-project-path 
    $ npm install peer
  2. Use PeerServer object to create a new server:

    const { PeerServer } = require('peer');
    const peerServer = PeerServer({ port: 9000, path: '/myapp' });
  3. Check it: It should returns JSON with name, description and website fields.

Connecting to the server from client PeerJS:

    const peer = new Peer('someid', {
      host: 'localhost',
      port: 9000,
      path: '/myapp'

Config / CLI options

You can provide config object to PeerServer function or specify options for peerjs CLI.

CLI option JS option Description Required Default
--port, -p port Port to listen (number) Yes
--key, -k key Connection key (string). Client must provide it to call API methods No "peerjs"
--path path Path (string). The server responds for requests to the root URL + path. E.g. Set the path to /myapp and run server on 9000 port via peerjs --port 9000 --path /myapp Then open - you should see a JSON reponse. No "/"
--proxied proxied Set true if PeerServer stays behind a reverse proxy (boolean) No false
--expire_timeout, -t expire_timeout The amount of time after which a message sent will expire, the sender will then receive a EXPIRE message (milliseconds). No 5000
--alive_timeout alive_timeout Timeout for broken connection (milliseconds). If the server doesn't receive any data from client (includes pong messages), the client's connection will be destroyed. No 60000
--concurrent_limit, -c concurrent_limit Maximum number of clients' connections to WebSocket server (number) No 5000
--sslkey sslkey Path to SSL key (string) No
--sslcert sslcert Path to SSL certificate (string) No
--allow_discovery allow_discovery Allow to use GET /peers http API method to get an array of ids of all connected clients (boolean) No
generateClientId A function which generate random client IDs when calling /id API method (() => string) No uuid/v4


Simply pass in PEM-encoded certificate and key.

const fs = require('fs');
const { PeerServer } = require('peer');
const peerServer = PeerServer({
  port: 9000,
  ssl: {
    key: fs.readFileSync('/path/to/your/ssl/key/here.key'),
    cert: fs.readFileSync('/path/to/your/ssl/certificate/here.crt')

Running PeerServer behind a reverse proxy

Make sure to set the proxied option, otherwise IP based limiting will fail. The option is passed verbatim to the expressjs trust proxy setting if it is truthy.

const { PeerServer } = require('peer');
const peerServer = PeerServer({
  port: 9000,
  path: '/myapp',
  proxied: true

Custom client ID generation

By default, PeerServer uses uuid/v4 npm package to generate random client IDs.

You can set generateClientId option in config to specify a custom function to generate client IDs.

const { PeerServer } = require('peer');
const customGenerationFunction = () => (Math.random().toString(36) + '0000000000000000000').substr(2, 16);
const peerServer = PeerServer({
  port: 9000,
  path: '/myapp',
  generateClientId: customGenerationFunction

Open to see a new random id.

Combining with existing express app

const express = require('express');
const { ExpressPeerServer } = require('peer');
const app = express();
app.get('/', (req, res, next) => res.send('Hello world!'));
// =======
const server = app.listen(9000);
const peerServer = ExpressPeerServer(server, {
  debug: true,
  path: '/myapp'
app.use('/peerjs', peerServer);
// == OR ==
const http = require('http');
const server = http.createServer(app);
const peerServer = ExpressPeerServer(server, {
  debug: true,
  path: '/myapp'
app.use('/peerjs', peerServer);
// ========

Open the browser and check


The 'connection' event is emitted when a peer connects to the server.

peerServer.on('connection', (client) => { ... });

The 'disconnect' event is emitted when a peer disconnects from the server or when the peer can no longer be reached.

peerServer.on('disconnect', (client) => { ... });


Read /src/api/

Running tests

$ npm test


We have 'ready to use' images on docker hub:

To run the latest image:

$ docker run -p 9000:9000 -d peerjs/peerjs-server

You can build a new image simply by calling:

$ docker build -t myimage

To run the image execute this:

$ docker run -p 9000:9000 -d myimage

This will start a peerjs server on port 9000 exposed on port 9000 with key peerjs on path /myapp.

Open your browser with http://localhost:9000/myapp It should returns JSON with name, description and website fields. http://localhost:9000/myapp/peerjs/id - should returns a random string (random client id)


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Please post any bugs as a Github issue.


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