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Process Events

npm install process-events --save

Process events is a library from Node.js that can run custom events via forked processes and return there response as promise. This is useful when you have long running tasks and you don't what to lock your main application thread.


Main node process

var processEvents = require('process-events');
var childProcess = processEvents.processEvent('./processes/child.js');
childProcess.then(function (process) {
  // send data to child process 
  return process.send('name', {a: 1, b: 2}).then(function (response) {
    // response from child process 
    console.log(response);  // {a: 2, b: 1} 
    return process.send('name', {a: 3, b: 4});
  }).then(function () {
    // response from child process 
    console.log(response);  // {a: 4, b: 3} 
    return process.close();

File ./processes/child.js

var processChild = require('process-events').processChild();
// bind to custom event 
processChild.bind('name', function (request) {
  // do some logic here 
  // resolve event as promise 
  return Promise.resolve({a: request.b, b: request.a});


Main process API.

var processEvent = require('process-events').processEvent;
var worker = processEvent(workerFilePath: string);
Method Description
worker.isConnected(): boolean Returns child process connection state.
worker.send(namespace: string, data: any?): Promise Sends message to child process.
worker.close(): Promise Close child process. Node that if you don't close your process node script will continue to run forever or until process gets killed.
worker.reopen(): Promise Will reopen child process after it was killed.

Child process API.

var processChild = require('process-events').processChild;
Method Description
processChild.bind(namespace: string, callback: Function) Bind callback to child process worker. Callback can return string or a Promise - response will be send to main process.