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provides a distributed event emitter mesh


  • Distributed WebSocket event emitter
  • Intelligent event broadcasting among mesh
  • Auto-detection of role as server or client
  • Powered by


See: ./examples folder

Basic Mesh

This example can be run N times in order to create a mesh of event emitting nodes.

myEvent is added on each node and also emitted on a timer.

Every node will then recieve myEvent from other nodes.

mesh.start({ port: 8888 }, function (err) {
  if (err) {
    throw err;
  mesh.emitter.on('myEvent', function(data){
    console.log('mesh ' + this.event + " - " +;
    mesh.emitter.emit('myEvent', { "pid": });
  }, 1000);

Explicit server / client can be created using mesh.listen and mesh.connect.

For more examples see: ./examples folder

Browser Usage

For browser examples see: ./examples/4_browser/ folder

Frequent Concerns

I can't get my nodes to receive custom events!

Did you bind an event listener using mesh.emitter.on? Events must be bound in order to be seen on the mesh.

How can I listen for events using mesh.emitter.onAny?

By design, mesh.emitter.onAny will not receive remote events. This is in order to keep network traffic to a minimum.

How are events broadcasted among the mesh?

mesh uses a star topography. The first node is the server and all subsequent nodes are clients.

All nodes in the mesh are eligible for receiving events from any other node.

  • Any events emitted on a client will be recieved on the server
    • Provided the server has a listener for that event
  • Any events emitted on the server will re-broadcast to all clients
    • Provided that client has a listener for that event
  • Any events recieved on the server will re-broadcast to all clients
    • Excluding the original client sender
    • Provided that client has a listener for that event

How is network traffic kept low if all nodes are in communication?

An event map of every node is kept and exchanged on connection with the mesh. Events are then only broadcasted to a node if that event name has been previously registered.

Can I bind new live events after a connection is made to the mesh?

Yes! Live events are fully supported. This also means you can interact with the mesh in real-time using a repl.

Is it possible to get a remote callback for emitted mesh events?

The mesh does not support remote callbacks. The overhead of safely enabling remote callbacks requires V8::Persistent<Object> and the use of MakeWeak method through node-weak. Since node core doesn't have access to WeakMaps yet it's somewhat cumbersome to use them.

Apart from these minor technical issues, using remote callbacks is not a great design choice for distributed applications. In the real world actors will crash and message confirmations may get lost ( even though the event was received and fired on the receiving node ). It is generally a better design choice to stick with an event emitter pattern with no built in confirmations. This same functionality of a remote callback can be achieved using two separate named events and a unique message identifier.


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