use-react-workers
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Reacts hooks for Web Workers

📄 Docs

Basic functionality can be found below. But for a more in depth description/demos, see the documentation

🎨 Features

  • Run expensive function without blocking UI
  • Returns Promise instead of event-messages
  • Strongly Typed
  • Garbage collector web worker instance
  • Options:
    • Timeout
    • Remote Deps
    • Terminate
  • No required bundler
# Yarn
yarn add use-react-workers

# npm
npm install use-react-workers

Limitations

Web Workers have built in limitations. Before using this hook, I HIGHLY recommend you to read the Web Worker documentation.

🔨 Import

There are currently three hooks in the package depending on your use-case. Either:

  • useWorkerFunc
    • A function that runs in a web worker and returns a promise
  • useWorkerState
    • A wrapper of useWorkerFunc that sets the return in state, provides a new setter function, and exposes the controls as well
  • useWorker
    • A web worker as an object to quickly and easy post messages and use on onmessage subscription. Good for long running and constant updating workers
import { useWorkerState, useWorkerFunc, useWorker } from 'use-react-workers';

🎬 Usage

useWorkerFunc

import React from 'react';
import { useWorkerFunc } from 'use-react-workers';

// Heavy compute function
function fibonacci(n: number): number {
  return n <= 1 ? n : fib(n - 1) + fib(n - 2);
}

const MyCoolComponent = () => {
  const [fibWorker] = useWorkerFunc(fibonacci);

  const handleClick = async () => {
    const result = await fibWorker(45); // Will not block the main thread
    console.log(result);
  };

  return (
    <div className="flex gap-4">
      <button type="button" onClick={handleClick}>
        With Worker
      </button>
      <button type="button" onClick={handleClick}>
        Without Worker
      </button>
    </div>
  );
};

useWorkerState

import React from 'react';
import { useWorkerState } from 'use-react-workers';

// Heavy compute function
function fibonacci(n: number): number {
  return n <= 1 ? n : fib(n - 1) + fib(n - 2);
}

const MyCoolComponent = () => {
  const defaultState = 0;
  const [fib, setFib] = useWorkerState(fibonacci, defaultState); // Will not block the main thread

  return (
    <div>
      <h1>{fib && fib}</h1>
      <button onClick={() => setFib(45)}>Fibonacci of 45</button>
    </div>
  );
};

useWorker

import React from 'react';
import { useWorker } from 'use-react-workers';

// Long running function that we dont want blocked
export const countByInput = (countBy: 1 | 2 | 5) => {
  let seconds = countBy;
  setInterval(() => {
    postMessage(seconds);
    seconds += countBy;
  }, 1000);
};

const MyCoolComponent = () => {
  const timer = useWorker(countByInput); // Will not block the main thread

  timerWorker.onMessage(({ data }) => setCount(data));

  return (
    <div>
      <button onClick={() => timer.postMessage(1)}>Count By 1</button>
      <button onClick={() => timer.postMessage(2)}>Count By 2</button>
      <button onClick={() => timer.postMessage(5)}>Count By 5</button>
      <button onClick={() => timer.terminate()}>End</button>
    </div>
  );
};

🔧 Roadmap

  • [x] Kill Web Worker
  • [x] Reactive web worker status
  • [x] Add timeout option
  • [x] Import and use remote script inside use-react-workers function
  • [x] support Transferable Objects
  • [ ] Import and use local script inside function
  • [ ] Jest Testing suite
  • [ ] Node env support

🧐 Motivation

Setting up Web workers isn't hard, but there is too much boilerplate and the syntax is annoying (in my opinion). This is a great package if you just want to offload some heavy computation to a web worker without having to go through the song and dance.

🌏 Contribute? Bug? New Feature?

The library is experimental so if you find a bug or would like to request a new feature, open an issue

💡 Similar Projects

  • useWorker
    • This package is heavily influenced by this. So please, take some time to give it a star.

💻 Maintainers

💻 Contributors

How to contribute?

Read CONTRIBUTE.md

📜 License

MIT.

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