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Utilities for working with ImageData in Workers.


The pixelworks package is meant to be used in a browser with a CommonJS module loader (e.g. Browserify or Webpack). Add it as a dependency to your project with npm:

npm install pixelworks


var pixelworks = require('pixelworks');

The package also comes with a standalone build in the dist directory that can be added to a page with a script tag. If a module loader is not present, this script will make a global pixelworks object available.


new Processor(options)

A processor runs pixel or image operations in workers.

var processor = new pixelworks.Processor(options);

Supported options

  • imageOps : boolean - By default, operations will be called for each pixel. By setting imageOps: true, operations will be called with an ImageData object.

  • operation : Function - A function that processes input data and returns output data. The operation will be called with two arguments: an array of inputs, and a user storage object. By default, operations will be called for each pixel in the input data, and the first argument is an array of input pixels (each a [R, G, B, A] array). If imageOps is false, the first argument will be an array of ImageData objects. The second object is the user storage object passed to the process method.

Operations return processed output data. For pixel-wise operations, this must be an output pixel (a [R, G, B, A] array). For image operations, this must be an ImageData object.

Because operations run in workers, they must only operate on the arguments they are given.

  • lib : Object - An optional lookup of functions that can be accessed by an operation run in a worker. Because operations are run in workers, they cannot access functions from the scope where they are authored. The lib object can be used to pass additional library functions that are made available in the worker scope. For example, if {lib: {someFunc: function() {/* do something */}}} were provided, the operation could call someFunc().

  • threads : number - Pixel-wise operations can be run in parallel in multiple worker threads. By default, a single worker thread is created for running operations. Setting threads: 2 would process half of the input pixels in one thread and half in another. For image type operations, threads cannot be greater than 1. If you want to force operations to run in the main (UI) thread, set threads: 0.

  • queue : number - Maximum queue length. This limits the number of pending workers when process is called multiple times before work completes. If you want to call process many times (in response to user generated events for example), set queue: 1, and only one worker will be pending at a time.

processor.process(inputs, meta, callback)

Run the operation on an array of input image data.

  • inputs : Array.<ImageData> - Array of pixels or image data (depending on the operation type).
  • meta : Object - A user data object. This is passed to all operations and must be serializable.
  • callback : function(Error, ImageData, Object) - Called when work completes. The first argument is any error. The second is the ImageData generated by the operation. The third is the user data object. When process is called repeatedly, a queue of pending workers will be generated. If this queue exceeds the maximum queue length, workers will be removed from the queue and the callback will be called with null for the second ImageData argument.


Stop responding to any completed work and destroy the processor.

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