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    Pusher Channels Node.js REST library

    In order to use this library, you need to have an account on https://pusher.com/channels. After registering, you will need the application credentials for your app.

    Supported platforms

    This SDK supports Node.js version 8+.

    We test the library against a selection of Node.js versions which we update over time. Please refer to travis.yml for the set of versions that are currently tested with CI.

    If you find any compatibility issues, please raise an issue in the repository or contact support at support@pusher.com. We will happily investigate reported problems ❤️.

    Installation

    You need to be running at least Node.js 10 to use this library.

    $ npm install pusher
    

    Importing

    It's possible to use pusher-http-node with typescript or javascript.

    const Pusher = require("pusher")
    import * as Pusher from "pusher"

    All external APIs should have types in index.d.ts.

    Configuration

    There are 3 ways to configure the client. First one is just using the Pusher constructor:

    const Pusher = require("pusher")
    
    const pusher = new Pusher({
      appId: "APP_ID",
      key: "APP_KEY",
      secret: "SECRET_KEY",
      useTLS: USE_TLS, // optional, defaults to false
      cluster: "CLUSTER", // if `host` is present, it will override the `cluster` option.
      host: "HOST", // optional, defaults to api.pusherapp.com
      port: PORT, // optional, defaults to 80 for non-TLS connections and 443 for TLS connections
      encryptionMasterKeyBase64: ENCRYPTION_MASTER_KEY, // a base64 string which encodes 32 bytes, used to derive the per-channel encryption keys (see below!)
    })

    For specific clusters, you can use the forCluster function. This is the same as using the cluster option in the constructor.

    const Pusher = require("pusher")
    
    const pusher = Pusher.forCluster("CLUSTER", {
      appId: "APP_ID",
      key: "APP_KEY",
      secret: "SECRET_KEY",
      useTLS: USE_TLS, // optional, defaults to false
      port: PORT, // optional, defaults to 80 for non-TLS connections and 443 for TLS connections
      encryptionMasterKeyBase64: ENCRYPTION_MASTER_KEY, // a base64 string which encodes 32 bytes, used to derive the per-channel encryption keys (see below!)
    })

    You can also specify auth and endpoint options by passing an URL:

    const Pusher = require("pusher")
    
    const pusher = Pusher.forURL(
      "SCHEME://APP_KEY:SECRET_KEY@HOST:PORT/apps/APP_ID"
    )

    You can pass the optional second argument with options, as in forCluster function.

    This is useful for example on Heroku, which sets the PUSHER_URL environment variable to such URL, if you have the Pusher addon installed.

    Additional options

    There are a few additional options that can be used in all above methods:

    const Pusher = require("pusher")
    
    const pusher = new Pusher({
      // you can set other options in any of the 3 ways described above
      proxy: "HTTP_PROXY_URL", // optional, URL to proxy the requests through
      timeout: TIMEOUT, // optional, timeout for all requests in milliseconds
      keepAlive: KEEP_ALIVE, // optional, enables keep-alive, defaults to false
    })

    Usage

    Callbacks and error handling

    API requests

    Asynchronous methods on the Pusher class (trigger, get and post) return a promise that resolves to a Response, or rejects with an error.

    All operational errors are wrapped into a Pusher.RequestError object.

    WebHooks

    In case accessing data for invalid WebHooks, an Pusher.WebHookError exception will be thrown from the called method. It is recommended to validate the WebHook before interpreting it.

    Publishing events

    To send an event to one or more channels use the trigger function. Channel names can contain only characters which are alphanumeric, '_' or '-' and have to be at most 200 characters long. Event name can be at most 200 characters long too.

    Single channel

    pusher.trigger("channel-1", "test_event", { message: "hello world" })

    Multiple channels

    To trigger an event on multiple channels:

    pusher.trigger(["channel-1", "channel-2"], "test_event", {
      message: "hello world",
    })

    You can trigger an event to at most 100 channels at once. Passing more than 100 channels will cause an exception to be thrown.

    Batch events

    If you wish to send multiple events in a single HTTP request, you can pass an array of events to pusher.triggerBatch. You can send up to a maximum of 10 events at once.

    const events = [
      {
        channel: "channel-1",
        name: "test-event-1",
        data: { message: "hello world" },
      },
      {
        channel: "channel-2",
        name: "test-event-2",
        data: { message: "hello another world" },
      },
    ]
    
    pusher.triggerBatch(events)

    You can trigger a batch of up to 10 events.

    Excluding event recipients

    In order to avoid the client that triggered the event from also receiving it, a socket_id parameter can be added to the params object. For more information see: http://pusher.com/docs/publisher_api_guide/publisher_excluding_recipients.

    pusher.trigger(channel, event, data, { socket_id: "1302.1081607" })
    
    pusher.triggerBatch([
      { channel: channel, name: name, data: data, socket_id: "1302.1081607" },
    ])

    Fetch subscriber and user counts at the time of publish [EXPERIMENTAL]

    For the channels that were published to, you can request for the number of subscribers or user to be returned in the response body.

    Regular triggering

    pusher
      .trigger("presence-my-channel", "event", "test", { info: "user_count,subscription_count" })
      .then(response => {
        if (response.status !== 200) {
          throw Error("unexpected status")
        }
        // Parse the response body as JSON
        return response.json()
      )
      .then(body => {
        const channelsInfo = body.channels
        // Do something with channelsInfo
      })
      .catch(error => {
        // Handle error
      })

    Batch triggering

    const batch = [
      {
        channel: "my-channel",
        name: "event",
        data: "test1",
        info: "subscription_count",
      },
      {
        channel: "presence-my-channel",
        name: "event",
        data: "test2",
        info: "user_count,subscription_count",
      },
    ]
    pusher
      .triggerBatch(batch)
      .then((response) => {
        if (response.status !== 200) {
          throw Error("unexpected status")
        }
        // Parse the response body as JSON
        return response.json()
      })
      .then((body) => {
        body.batch.forEach((attributes, i) => {
          process.stdout.write(
            `channel: ${batch[i].channel}, name: ${batch[i].name}, subscription_count: ${attributes.subscription_count}`
          )
          if ("user_count" in attributes) {
            process.stdout.write(`, user_count: ${attributes.user_count}`)
          }
          process.stdout.write("\n")
        })
      })
      .catch((error) => {
        console.error(error)
      })

    End-to-end encryption [BETA]

    This library supports end-to-end encryption of your private channels. This means that only you and your connected clients will be able to read your messages. Pusher cannot decrypt them. You can enable this feature by following these steps:

    1. You should first set up Private channels. This involves creating an authentication endpoint on your server.

    2. Next, generate your 32 byte master encryption key, encode it as base64 and pass it to the Pusher constructor.

      This is secret and you should never share this with anyone. Not even Pusher.

      openssl rand -base64 32
      const pusher = new Pusher({
        appId: "APP_ID",
        key: "APP_KEY",
        secret: "SECRET_KEY",
        useTLS: true,
        encryptionMasterKeyBase64: "<KEY GENERATED BY PREVIOUS COMMAND>",
      })
    3. Channels where you wish to use end-to-end encryption should be prefixed with private-encrypted-.

    4. Subscribe to these channels in your client, and you're done! You can verify it is working by checking out the debug console on the https://dashboard.pusher.com/ and seeing the scrambled ciphertext.

    Important note: This will not encrypt messages on channels that are not prefixed by private-encrypted-.

    Limitation: you cannot trigger a single event on multiple channels in a call to trigger, e.g.

    pusher.trigger(["channel-1", "private-encrypted-channel-2"], "test_event", {
      message: "hello world",
    })

    Rationale: the methods in this library map directly to individual Channels HTTP API requests. If we allowed triggering a single event on multiple channels (some encrypted, some unencrypted), then it would require two API requests: one where the event is encrypted to the encrypted channels, and one where the event is unencrypted for unencrypted channels.

    Authenticating private channels

    To authorise your users to access private channels on Pusher Channels, you can use the authenticate function:

    const auth = pusher.authenticate(socketId, channel)

    For more information see: http://pusher.com/docs/authenticating_users

    Authenticating presence channels

    Using presence channels is similar to private channels, but you can specify extra data to identify that particular user:

    const channelData = {
      user_id: 'unique_user_id',
      user_info: {
        name: 'Phil Leggetter'
        twitter_id: '@leggetter'
      }
    };
    const auth = pusher.authenticate(socketId, channel, channelData);

    The auth is then returned to the caller as JSON.

    For more information see: http://pusher.com/docs/authenticating_users

    Application state

    It's possible to query the state of the application using the pusher.get function.

    pusher.get({ path: path, params: params })

    The path property identifies the resource that the request should be made to and the params property should be a map of additional query string key and value pairs.

    Params can't include following keys:

    • auth_key
    • auth_timestamp
    • auth_version
    • auth_signature
    • body_md5

    The following example shows how to handle the result of a get:

    pusher
      .get({ path: "/channels", params: {} })
      .then(response => {
        if (response.status !== 200) {
          throw Error("unexpected status")
        }
        // Parse the response body as JSON
        return response.json()
      )
      .then(body => {
        const channelsInfo = body.channels
        // Do something with channelsInfo
      })
      .catch(error => {
        // Handle error
      })
    })

    Get the list of channels in an application

    pusher.get({ path: "/channels", params: params })

    Information on the optional params and the structure of the returned JSON is defined in the REST API reference.

    Get the state of a channel

    pusher.get({ path: "/channels/[channel_name]", params: params })

    Information on the optional params option property and the structure of the returned JSON is defined in the REST API reference.

    Get the list of users in a presence channel

    pusher.get({ path: "/channels/[channel_name]/users" })

    The channel_name in the path must be a presence channel. The structure of the returned JSON is defined in the REST API reference.

    WebHooks

    The library provides a simple helper for WebHooks, which can be accessed via Pusher instances:

    const webhook = pusher.webhook(request)

    Requests must expose following fields:

    • headers - object with request headers indexed by lowercase header names
    • rawBody - string with the WebHook request body

    Since neither Node.js nor express provide the body in the request, your application needs to read it and assign to the request object. See examples/webhook_endpoint.js for a simple webhook endpoint implementation using the express framework.

    Headers object must contain following headers:

    • x-pusher-key - application key, sent by Channels
    • x-pusher-signature - WebHook signature, generated by Channels
    • content-type - must be set to application/json, what Channels does

    After instantiating the WebHook object, you can use its following methods:

    isValid

    Validates the content type, body format and signature of the WebHook and returns a boolean. Your application should validate incoming webhooks, otherwise they could be faked.

    Accepts an optional parameter containing additional application tokens (useful e.g. during migrations):

    const webhook = pusher.webhook(request)
    // will check only the key and secret assigned to the pusher object:
    webhook.isValid()
    // will also check two additional tokens:
    webhook.isValid([
      { key: "x1", secret: "y1" },
      { key: "x2", secret: "y2" },
    ])

    getData

    Returns the parsed WebHook body. Throws a Pusher.WebHookError if the WebHook is invalid, so please check the isValid result before accessing the data.

    // will return an object with the WebHook data
    webhook.getData()

    Please read the WebHooks documentation to find out what fields are included in the body.

    getEvents

    Returns events included in the WebHook as an array. Throws a Pusher.WebHookError if the WebHook is invalid, so please check the isValid result before accessing the events.

    // will return an array with the events
    webhook.getEvents()

    getTime

    Returns the Date object for the time when the WebHook was sent from Channels. Throws a Pusher.WebHookError if the WebHook is invalid, so please check the isValid result before accessing the time.

    // will return a Date object
    webhook.getTime()

    Generating REST API signatures

    If you wanted to send the REST API requests manually (e.g. using a different HTTP client), you can use the createSignedQueryString method to generate the whole request query string that includes the auth keys and your parameters.

    pusher.createSignedQueryString({
      method: "POST", // the HTTP request method
      path: "/apps/3/events", // the HTTP request path
      body: '{"name":"foo","channel":"donuts","data":"2-for-1"}', // optional, the HTTP request body
      params: {}, // optional, the query params
    })

    The params object can't contain following keys, as they are used to sign the request:

    • auth_key
    • auth_timestamp
    • auth_version
    • auth_signature
    • body_md5

    Testing

    The tests run using Mocha. Make sure you've got all required modules installed:

    npm install
    

    Running the local test suite

    You can run local integration tests without setting up a Pusher Channels app:

    npm run local-test
    

    Running the complete test suite

    In order to run the full test suite, first you need a Pusher Channels app. When starting mocha, you need to set the PUSHER_URL environment variable to contain your app credentials, like following:

    PUSHER_URL='http://KEY:SECRET@api-CLUSTER.pusher.com/apps/APP_ID' npm test
    

    Credits

    This library is based on the work of:

    • Christian Bäuerlein and his library pusher.
    • Jaewoong Kim and the node-pusher library.

    License

    This code is free to use under the terms of the MIT license.

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