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    Pusher Channels Javascript Client

    This Pusher Channels client library supports web browsers, web workers, Node.js and React Native.

    If you're looking for the Pusher Channels server library for Node.js, use pusher-http-node instead.

    For tutorials and more in-depth information about Pusher Channels, visit our official docs.

    Usage Overview

    The following topics are covered:

    Supported platforms



    If you're using Pusher Channels on a web page, you can install the library via:

    Encrypted Channel Support

    The encryption primitives required to power encrypted channels increase the bundle size quite significantly. In order to keep bundle sizes down, the default web and worker builds of pusher-js no longer support encrypted channels.

    If you'd like to make use of encrypted-channels, you need to import the with-encryption builds as described below.

    Yarn (or NPM)

    You can use any NPM-compatible package manager, including NPM itself and Yarn.

    yarn add pusher-js


    import Pusher from 'pusher-js';

    If you'd like to use encrypted channels:

    import Pusher from 'pusher-js/with-encryption';

    Or, if you're not using ES6 modules:

    const Pusher = require('pusher-js');

    If you'd like to use encrypted channels:

    const Pusher = require('pusher-js/with-encryption');


    <script src="https://js.pusher.com/7.0/pusher.min.js"></script>

    If you'd like to use encrypted channels:

    <script src="https://js.pusher.com/7.0/pusher-with-encryption.min.js"></script>

    You can also use cdnjs.com if you prefer or as a fallback.

    Bower (discouraged)

    Or via Bower:

    bower install pusher

    and then:

    <script src="bower_components/pusher/dist/web/pusher.min.js"></script>


    We've provided typescript declarations since v5.1.0. Most things should work out of the box but if you need access to specific types you can import them like so:

    import Pusher from 'pusher-js';
    import * as PusherTypes from 'pusher-js';
    var presenceChannel: PusherTypes.PresenceChannel;

    React Native

    Warning it's now necessary to install @react-native-community/netinfo in order to use pusher-js with react-native. pusher-js depends on NetInfo. NetInfo. NetInfo was included within react-native core until v0.60, when it was moved to the @react-native-community/netinfo library. Please follow the install instructions for the @react-native-community/netinfo library before trying to use pusher-js in your react-native project.

    Use a package manager like Yarn or NPM to install pusher-js and then import it as follows:

    import Pusher from 'pusher-js/react-native';


    • The fallbacks available for this runtime are HTTP streaming and polling.
    • This build uses React Native's NetInfo API to detect changes on connectivity state. It will use this to automatically reconnect.

    Web Workers

    (pusher-js's Web Workers implementation is currently not compatible with Internet Explorer) You can import the worker script (pusher.worker.js, not pusher.js) from the CDN:


    If you'd like to use encrypted channels:


    If you're building your worker with a bundler, you can import the worker entrypoint

    import Pusher from 'pusher-js/worker'

    If you'd like to use encrypted channels:

    import Pusher from 'pusher-js/worker/with-encryption'


    Having installed pusher-js via an NPM-compatible package manager, run:

    import Pusher from 'pusher-js';


    • For standard WebWorkers, this build will use HTTP as a fallback.
    • For ServiceWorkers, as the XMLHttpRequest API is unavailable, there is currently no support for HTTP fallbacks. However, we are open to requests for fallbacks using fetch if there is demand.


    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,

    You can get your APP_KEY and APP_CLUSTER from the Pusher Channels dashboard.


    There are a number of configuration parameters which can be set for the client, which can be passed as an object to the Pusher constructor, i.e.:

    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,
      authEndpoint: 'http://example.com/pusher/auth'

    For most users, there is little need to change these. See client API guide for more details.

    forceTLS (Boolean)

    Forces the connection to use TLS. When set to false the library will attempt non-TLS connections first. Defaults to true.

    authEndpoint (String)

    Endpoint on your server that will return the authentication signature needed for private and presence channels. Defaults to '/pusher/auth'.

    For more information see authenticating users.

    authTransport (String)

    Defines how the authentication endpoint, defined using authEndpoint, will be called. There are two options available: ajax and jsonp.

    • ajax - The default option where an XMLHttpRequest object will be used to make a request. The parameters will be passed as POST parameters.
    • jsonp - The authentication endpoint will be called by a <script> tag being dynamically created pointing to the endpoint defined by authEndpoint. This can be used when the authentication endpoint is on a different domain to the web application. The endpoint will therefore be requested as a GET and parameters passed in the query string.

    For more information see the Channel authentication transport section of our authenticating users docs.

    auth (Hash)

    Allows passing additional data to authorizers. Supports query string params and headers (AJAX only). For example, following will pass foo=bar via the query string and baz: boo via headers:

    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,
      auth: {
        params: { foo: 'bar' },
        headers: { baz: 'boo' }

    Additional parameters to be sent when the channel authentication endpoint is called. When using ajax authentication the parameters are passed as additional POST parameters. When using jsonp authentication the parameters are passed as GET parameters. This can be useful with web application frameworks that guard against CSRF (Cross-site request forgery).


    If you require a CSRF header for incoming requests to the private channel authentication endpoint on your server, you should add a CSRF token to the auth hash under headers. This is applicable to frameworks which apply CSRF protection by default.

    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,
      auth: {
        params: { foo: 'bar' },
        headers: { 'X-CSRF-Token': 'SOME_CSRF_TOKEN' }

    authorizer (Function)

    If you need custom authorization behavior you can provide your own authorizer function as follows:

    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,
      authorizer: function (channel, options) {
        return {
          authorize: function (socketId, callback) {
            // Do some ajax to get the auth string
            callback(null, {auth: authString});

    Example: An authorizer which uses the fetch API to make a JSON request to an auth endpoint

    let authorizer = (channel, options) => {
      return {
        authorize: (socketId, callback) => {
          fetch(authUrl, {
            method: "POST",
            headers: new Headers({ "Content-Type": "application/json" }),
            body: JSON.stringify({
              socket_id: socketId,
              channel_name: channel.name
            .then(res => {
              if (!res.ok) {
                throw new Error(`Received ${res.statusCode} from ${authUrl}`);
              return res.json();
            .then(data => {
              callback(null, data);
            .catch(err => {
              callback(new Error(`Error calling auth endpoint: ${err}`), {
                auth: ""
    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,
      authorizer: authorizer,

    cluster (String)

    Specifies the cluster that pusher-js should connect to. If you'd like to see a full list of our clusters, click here. If you do not specify a cluster, mt1 will be used by default.

    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,

    disableStats (deprecated) (Boolean)

    Disables stats collection, so that connection metrics are not submitted to Pusher’s servers. These stats are used for internal monitoring only and they do not affect the account stats. This option is deprecated since stats collection is now disabled by default

    enableStats (Boolean)

    Enables stats collection, so that connection metrics are submitted to Pusher’s servers. These stats can help pusher engineers debug connection issues.

    enabledTransports (Array)

    Specifies which transports should be used by pusher-js to establish a connection. Useful for applications running in controlled, well-behaving environments. Available transports for web: ws, wss, xhr_streaming, xhr_polling, sockjs. If you specify your transports in this way, you may miss out on new transports we add in the future.

    // Only use WebSockets
    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,
      enabledTransports: ['ws']

    Note: if you intend to use secure websockets, or wss, you can not simply specify wss in enabledTransports, you must specify ws in enabledTransports as well as set the forceTLS option to true.

    // Only use secure WebSockets
    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,
      enabledTransports: ['ws'],
      forceTLS: true

    disabledTransports (Array)

    Specifies which transports must not be used by pusher-js to establish a connection. This settings overwrites transports whitelisted via the enabledTransports options. Available transports for web: ws, wss, xhr_streaming, xhr_polling, sockjs. This is a whitelist, so any new transports we introduce in the future will be used until you explicitly add them to this list.

    // Use all transports except for sockjs
    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,
      disabledTransports: ['sockjs']
    // Only use WebSockets
    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,
      enabledTransports: ['ws', 'xhr_streaming'],
      disabledTransports: ['xhr_streaming']

    wsHost, wsPort, wssPort, httpHost, httpPort, httpsPort

    These can be changed to point to alternative Pusher Channels URLs (used internally for our staging server).


    Useful in special scenarios if you're using the library against an endpoint you control yourself. This is used internally for testing.

    ignoreNullOrigin (Boolean)

    Ignores null origin checks for HTTP fallbacks. Use with care, it should be disabled only if necessary (i.e. PhoneGap).

    activityTimeout (Integer)

    If there is no activity for this length of time (in milliseconds), the client will ping the server to check if the connection is still working. The default value is set by the server. Setting this value to be too low will result in unnecessary traffic.

    pongTimeout (Integer)

    Time before the connection is terminated after a ping is sent to the server. Default is 30000 (30s). Low values will cause false disconnections, if latency is high.

    Global configuration

    Pusher.logToConsole (Boolean)

    Enables logging to the browser console via calls to console.log.

    Pusher.log (Function)

    Assign a custom log handler for the pusher-js library logging. For example:

    Pusher.log = (msg) => {

    By setting the log property you also override the use of Pusher.enableLogging.


    A connection to Pusher Channels is established by providing your APP_KEY and APP_CLUSTER to the constructor function:

    const pusher = new Pusher(APP_KEY, {
      cluster: APP_CLUSTER,

    This returns a pusher object which can then be used to subscribe to channels.

    One reason this connection might fail is your account being over its' limits. You can detect this in the client by binding to the error event on the pusher.connection object. For example:

    const pusher = new Pusher('app_key');
    pusher.connection.bind( 'error', function( err ) {
      if( err.error.data.code === 4004 ) {
        log('Over limit!');

    You may disconnect again by invoking the disconnect method:


    Connection States

    The connection can be in any one of these states.

    State Note
    initialized Initial state. No event is emitted in this state.
    connecting All dependencies have been loaded and Channels is trying to connect. The connection will also enter this state when it is trying to reconnect after a connection failure.
    connected The connection to Channels is open and authenticated with your app.
    unavailable The connection is temporarily unavailable. In most cases this means that there is no internet connection. It could also mean that Channels is down
    failed Channels is not supported by the browser. This implies that WebSockets are not natively available and an HTTP-based transport could not be found.
    disconnected The Channels connection was previously connected and has now intentionally been closed.

    Socket IDs

    Making a connection provides the client with a new socket_id that is assigned by the server. This can be used to distinguish the client's own events. A change of state might otherwise be duplicated in the client. More information on this pattern is available here.

    It is also stored within the socket, and used as a token for generating signatures for private channels.

    Subscribing to channels

    Public channels

    The default method for subscribing to a channel involves invoking the subscribe method of your pusher object:

    const channel = pusher.subscribe('my-channel');

    This returns a Channel object which events can be bound to.

    Private channels

    Private channels are created in exactly the same way as normal channels, except that they reside in the 'private-' namespace. This means prefixing the channel name:

    const channel = pusher.subscribe('private-my-channel');

    Encrypted Channels

    Like private channels, encrypted channels have their own namespace, 'private-encrypted-'. For more information about encrypted channels, please see the docs.

    const channel = pusher.subscribe('private-encrypted-my-channel');

    Accessing Channels

    It is possible to access channels by name, through the channel function:

    const channel = pusher.channel('private-my-channel');

    It is possible to access all subscribed channels through the allChannels function:

    pusher.allChannels().forEach(channel => console.log(channel.name));

    Private, presence and encrypted channels will make a request to your authEndpoint (/pusher/auth) by default, where you will have to authenticate the subscription. You will have to send back the correct auth response and a 200 status code.

    Unsubscribing from channels

    To unsubscribe from a channel, invoke the unsubscribe method of your pusher object:


    Unsubscribing from private channels is done in exactly the same way, just with the additional private- prefix:


    Binding to events

    Event binding takes a very similar form to the way events are handled in jQuery. You can use the following methods either on a channel object, to bind to events on a particular channel; or on the pusher object, to bind to events on all subscribed channels simultaneously.

    bind and unbind

    Binding to "new-message" on channel: The following logs message data to the console when "new-message" is received

    channel.bind('new-message', function (data) {

    We can also provide the this value when calling a handler as a third optional parameter. The following logs "hi Pusher" when "my-event" is fired.

    channel.bind('my-event', function () {
      console.log(`hi ${this.name}`);
    }, { name: 'Pusher' });

    For client-events on presence channels, bound callbacks will be called with an additional argument. This argument is an object containing the user_id of the user who triggered the event

    presenceChannel.bind('client-message', function (data, metadata) {
      console.log('received data from', metadata.user_id, ':', data);

    Unsubscribe behaviour varies depending on which parameters you provide it with. For example:

    // Remove just `handler` for the `new-comment` event
    channel.unbind('new-comment', handler);
    // Remove all handlers for the `new-comment` event
    // Remove `handler` for all events
    channel.unbind(null, handler);
    // Remove all handlers for `context`
    channel.unbind(null, null, context);
    // Remove all handlers on `channel`

    bind_global and unbind_global

    bind_global and unbind_global work much like bind and unbind, but instead of only firing callbacks on a specific event, they fire callbacks on any event, and provide that event along to the handler along with the event data. For example:

    channel.bind_global(function (event, data) {
      console.log(`The event ${event} was triggered with data ${data}`);

    unbind_global works similarly to unbind.

    // remove just `handler` from global bindings
    // remove all global bindings


    The unbind_all method is equivalent to calling unbind() and unbind_global() together; it removes all bindings, global and event specific.

    Triggering Client Events

    It's possible to trigger client events using the trigger method on an instance of the Channel class.

    A few gotchas to consider when using client events:

    • Client events can only be triggered on private/presence channels
    • Client events must be enabled in the settings page for your app: https://dashboard.pusher.com/apps/$YOUR_APP_ID/settings
    • The event name for client events must start with client-
    channel.trigger('client-my-event', {message: 'Hello, world!'})

    Batching auth requests (aka multi-auth)

    Currently, pusher-js itself does not support authenticating multiple channels in one HTTP request. However, thanks to @dirkbonhomme you can use the pusher-js-auth plugin that buffers subscription requests and sends auth requests to your endpoint in batches.

    Default events

    There are a number of events which are used internally, but can also be of use elsewhere, for instance subscribe. There is also a state_change event - which fires whenever there is a state change. You can use it like this:

    pusher.connection.bind('state_change', function(states) {
      // states = {previous: 'oldState', current: 'newState'}
      $('div#status').text("Channels current state is " + states.current);

    Connection Events

    To listen for when you connect to Pusher Channels:

    pusher.connection.bind('connected', callback);

    And to bind to disconnections:

    pusher.connection.bind('disconnected', callback);

    Self-serving JS files

    You can host JavaScript files yourself, but it's a bit more complicated than putting them somewhere and just linking pusher.js in the source of your website. Because pusher-js loads fallback files dynamically, the dependency loader must be configured correctly or it will be using js.pusher.com.

    First, clone this repository and run npm install && git submodule init && git submodule update. Then run:

    $ CDN_HTTP='http://your.http.url' CDN_HTTPS='https://your.https.url' make web

    In the dist/web folder, you should see the files you need: pusher.js, pusher.min.js, json2.js, json.min.js, sockjs.js and sockjs.min.js. pusher.js should be built referencing your URLs as the dependency hosts.

    First, make sure you expose all files from the dist directory. They need to be in a directory with named after the version number. For example, if you're hosting version 7.0.0 under http://example.com/pusher-js (and https for SSL), files should be accessible under following URL's:


    Minified files should have .min in their names, as in the dist/web directory:


    SockJS compatibility

    Most browsers have a limit of 6 simultaneous connections to a single domain, but Internet Explorer 6 and 7 have a limit of just 2. This means that you can only use a single Pusher Channels connection in these browsers, because SockJS requires an HTTP connection for incoming data and another one for sending. Opening the second connection will break the first one as the client won't be able to respond to ping messages and get disconnected eventually.

    All other browsers work fine with two or three connections.


    Install all dependencies via Yarn:

    yarn install

    Run a development server which serves bundled javascript from http://localhost:5555/pusher.js so that you can edit files in /src freely.

    make serve

    You can optionally pass a PORT environment variable to run the server on a different port. You can also pass CDN_HTTP and CDN_HTTPS variables if you wish the library to load dependencies from a new host.

    This command will serve pusher.js, sockjs.js, json2.js, and their respective minified versions.

    Core Vs. Platform-Specific Code

    New to pusher-js 3.1 is the ability for the library to produce builds for different runtimes: classic web, React Native, NodeJS and Web Workers.

    In order for this to happen, we have split the library into two directories: core/ and runtimes/. In core we keep anything that is platform-independent. In runtimes we keep code that depends on certain runtimes.

    Throughout the core/ directory you'll find this line:

    import Runtime from "runtime";

    We use webpack module resolution to make the library look for different versions of this module depending on the build.

    For web it will look for src/runtimes/web/runtime.ts. For ReactNative, src/runtimes/react-native/runtime.ts. For Node: src/runtimes/node/runtime.ts. For worker: src/runtimes/worker/runtime.ts.

    Each of these runtime files exports an object (conforming to the interface you can see in src/runtimes/interface.ts) that abstracts away everything platform-specific. The core library pulls this object in without any knowledge of how it implements it. This means web build can use the DOM underneath, the ReactNative build can use its native NetInfo API, Workers can use fetch and so on.


    In order to build SockJS, you must first initialize and update the Git submodule:

    git submodule init
    git submodule update

    Then run:

    make web

    This will build the source files relevant for the web build into dist/web.

    In order to specify the library version, you can either update package.json or pass a VERSION environment variable upon building.

    Other build commands include:

    make react-native # for the React Native build
    make node         # for the NodeJS build
    make worker       # for the worker build


    Each test environment contains two types of tests:

    1. unit tests,
    2. integration tests.

    Unit tests are simple, fast and don't need any external dependencies. Integration tests usually connect to production and js-integration-api servers and can use a local server for loading JS files, so they need an Internet connection to work.

    There are 3 different testing environments: one for web, one for NodeJS and one for workers. We may consider adding another one for React Native in the future.

    The web and worker tests use Karma to execute specs in real browsers. The NodeJS tests use jasmine-node.

    To run the tests:

    # For web
    make web_unit
    make web_integration
    # For NodeJS
    make node_unit
    make node_integration
    # For workers
    make worker_unit
    make worker_integration

    If you want your Karma tests to automatically reload, then in spec/karma/config.common.js set singleRun to false.


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