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    ts-ev is a typed event emitter that provides removal protection, filtering, and inheritance.

    Unlike other typed event emitters, ts-ev includes a mechanism for arbitrarily deep extensions of its Emitter class:

    • Each derived class may
      • extend their parent functionality,
      • extend their parent events,
      • and define additional events.

    ts-ev has zero imports, so it should be usable in any TS environment.



    Execution Order Guarantees:

    • Ensures that .emit() operates on the currently registered listeners.
      • In other words, listener changes during the emit loop do not effect the loop.
    • Listeners are executed in their order of addition.
      • Listeners may be prepended.
    • Matches the behavior of EventEmitter from "events".


    • .off() will not remove the listener unless it is explicitly specified.


    • Supply a type assertion to narrow down the type expected by a listener.
    • Listeners are not called unless their associated filter passes.
    • Filters must be type predicates and must specify both the input and output types.
      • e.g.: (args: [number, string]): args is [1, "foo"] => args[0] === 1 && args[1] === "foo"
    • Filtering changes the listener parameters type.

    Template Parameters

    export class Emitter<
      BaseEvents    extends { [event: string]: (...args: any[]) => any },
      DerivedEvents extends { [event: string]: (...args: any[]) => any } = {},
    > { ... }

    Two template parameters are provided, one for base events and another for derived events. This is to allow for extensions of an emitter-derived class that define additional events.

    For example:

    // allows derived classes to define additional events (but prohibits additional "foo" events)
    class Foo<DerivedEvents extends Emitter.Events.Except<"foo">>
        extends Emitter<{ foo: (data: "bar") => any }, DerivedEvents> {
      constructor() {
        this.emit("foo", "bar"); // OK
    // extend the functionality of Foo and define additional events
    class Bar extends Foo<{ bar: (data: "baz") => any }> {
      constructor() {
        this.emit("foo", "bar"); // OK
        this.emit("bar", "baz"); // OK

    In this example, the Emitter BaseEvents defined by Foo are statically known to it and therefore can be used within the class and its descendants. It's DerivedEvents are not statically known by it, so they may only be used by the derived class that defines them (Bar).

    public [on|prependOn|once|prependOnce]<
      Ev extends keyof BaseEvents | keyof DerivedEvents,
      Data extends EvData<BaseEvents, DerivedEvents, Ev> = EvData<BaseEvents, DerivedEvents, Ev>
    > { ... }


    • Represents the event passed to the function.


    • Represents the data received by an event listener (parameters array).
      • Set by default to the corresponding BaseEvents or DerivedEvents value.
    • Modified when a filter is provided.


    import { Emitter } from "ts-ev";
    // standard usage, no extensions
    const emitter = new Emitter<{
      foo: (bar: "baz") => any
    // emitter.emit("foo", "bar"); // TS error
    emitter.emit("foo", "baz");    // OK
    // extend Emitter
    class Foo<
      // use a tparam to forward derived events to Emitter (allow event extensions)
      DerivedEvents extends Emitter.Events.Except<"baseEv1" | "baseEv2">
    > extends Emitter<
        baseEv1: (requires: number, these: string, args: boolean) => any;
        baseEv2: () => any;
    > {
      constructor() {
        setTimeout(() => this.emit("baseEv1", 1, "foo", true), 100);
        setTimeout(() => this.emit("baseEv2"), 1000);
        // this.emit("derivedEv")    // ts error
        // this.emit("anythingElse") // ts error
    const foo = new Foo();
    // standard on/once/off functionality
    await foo.once("baseEv2");
    const l = () => console.log("received");
    foo.on("baseEv2", l);"baseEv2", l);
    // or"baseEv2");
    // or;
    // protection
    foo.on("baseEv2", l, { protect: true });"baseEv2"); // does not remove the above listener; // does not remove the above listener"baseEv2", l); // OK
    // filtering
      // TS Types:
      //   (parameter) a: 1
      //   (parameter) b: "foo"
      //   (parameter) c: boolean
      (a, b, c) => console.log(a, b, c),
        // note: must explicitly specify both the source and expected type
        filter: (data: [number, string, boolean]): data is [1, "foo", boolean] =>
          data[0] === 1 && data[1] === "foo",
    // TS Types:
    //   const two: 2
    //   const baz: "baz"
    const [two, baz] = await foo.once("baseEv1", {
      filter: (data: [number, string, boolean]): data is [2, "bar", boolean] =>
        data[0] === 2 && data[1] === "baz",
    // inheritance
    // extending the Foo emitter
    // note: this only works because Foo passes its DerivedEvents tparam to Emitter
    class Bar extends Foo<{
      derivedEv: (add: "more", events: "to", the: "emitter") => any;
    }> {
      constructor() {
        // can operate on base class events
        setTimeout(() => this.emit("baseEv1", 1, "foo", true), 100);
        // can operate on events provided to Foo via OtherEvents
        setTimeout(() => this.emit("derivedEv", "more", "to", "emitter"), 200);
    const bar = new Bar();
    bar.on("baseEv2", () => console.log("receives base class events!"));
    bar.on("derivedEv", () => console.log("receives derived class events!"));


    npm test

    Uses @jpcx/testts for internal unit testing.

    Additionally, this project is relied on heavily by my node-kraken-api package, so it has received plenty of integration testing.


    Contribution is welcome! Please raise an issue or make a pull request.


    Justin Collier - jpcx


    This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details


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