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What is this?

A tiny browser module that normalizes and simplifies the API for WebRTC peer connections.

It gives us a cleaner (cross-browser) way to handle offer/answer and is based on an event emitter.

If you're not using browserify or you want AMD support use rtcpeerconnection.bundle.js.


npm install rtcpeerconnection

How to use it


Instantiation takes the same options as a normal peer connection constructor:

var PeerConnection = require('rtcpeerconnection');
// init it like a normal peer connection object 
// passing in ice servers/constraints the initial server config 
// also takes a couple other options: 
// debug: true (to log out all emitted events) 
var pc = new PeerConnection({config servers as usual}, {constraints as to regular PC});


Unlike stock Peer Connections this inherits from a generic event emitter. Powered by WildEmitter which has a very familiar API if you're used to node.js/jQuery/Backbone but also includes a wildcard handler so you can easily debug events. Just do emitter.on('*') to log them out or whatnot.

But instead of doing pc.onicecandidate = function () {} on a peer connection you listen for events like this:

// ice candidates 
pc.on('ice', function (candidate) {
    // it's your job to send these to someone 
    connection.send('ice', candidate);
// you can listen for end of candidates (not particularly useful) 
pc.on('endOfCandidates', function () {
    // no more ice candidates 
// remote stream added 
pc.on('addStream', function (event) {
    // do something with 
    // probably attach it to a <video> element 
    // and play it. 
// remote stream removed 
pc.on('removeStream', function (event) {
    // remote stream removed 
    // now you could hide/disable removed video 
// you can chose to listen for events for  
// offers and answers instead, if you prefer  
pc.on('answer', function (err, answer) { ... });
pc.on('offer', function (err, offer) { ... });
// on peer connection close 
pc.on('close', function () { ... });


Note that all callbacks follow the "error first" convention. Meaning, rather than pass a success and fail callback, you pass a single callback.

If there is an error, the first argument passed to the callback will be a truthy value (the error itself).

The whole offer/answer cycle looks like this:

// assumptions 
var pc = new PeerConnection(config, constraints);
var connection = new RealTimeConnection(); // could be or whatever 
// create an offer 
pc.offer(function (err, offer) {
    if (!err) connection.send('offer', offer)
// you can also optionally pass in constraints 
// when creating an offer. 
        mandatory: {
            OfferToReceiveAudio: true,
            OfferToReceiveVideo: false
    function (err, offer) {
        if (!err) connection.send('offer', offer);
// when you recieve an offer, you can answer 
// with various options 
connection.on('offer', function (offer) {
    // let the peerconnection handle the offer 
    // by calling handleOffer 
    pc.handleOffer(offer, function (err) {
        if (err) {
            // handle error 
        // you can just call answer 
        pc.answer(function (err, answer) {
            if (!err) connection.send('answer', answer);
        // you can call answer with contstraints 
        pc.answer(MY_CONSTRAINTS, function (err, answer) {
            if (!err) connection.send('answer', answer);
        // or you can use one of the shortcuts answers 
        // for video only 
        pc.answerVideoOnly(function (err, answer) { ... });
        // and audio only 
        pc.answerAudioOnly(function (err, answer) { ... });
// when you get an answer, you just call 
// handleAnswer 
connection.on('answer', function (answer) {
// the only other thing you have to do is listen, transmit, and process ice candidates 
// you have to send them when generated 
pc.on('ice', function (candidate) {
    connection.send('ice', candidate);
// process incoming ones 
connection.on('ice', function (candidate) {

That's it!


If you want higher level functionality look at SimpleWebRTC that uses this library.




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