Simple Emitter base class.


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This is a simple JavaScript event emitter. It can run in node versions 6.0.0 or higher.


$ npm install @carlegbert/emitter


This module exposes an Emitter class. This class can be used to create instances directly:

const Emitter = require('@carlegbert/emitter');

emitter = new Emitter();

or subclassed:

class FancyEmitter extends Emitter {

const fancyEmitter = new FancyEmitter();

An event handler can be registered at a name with on:

const eventHandler = console.log('myEventName happened!');
emitter.on('myEventName', eventHandler);

or with 'once', if you would like to register an event that will happen at most one time.

emitter.once('myEventName', () => console.log('myEventName happened! this function only gets called once.'));

You can call the registered event handlers by calling emit. If there are multiple handlers at an event name, they will be called in the order that they were registered.

// 'myEventName happened!'
// 'myEventName happened! this function only gets called once.'

When you emit, you may also supply any number of arguments, which will be passed to all of the emitted functions.

emitter.on('eventWithArgs', x => console.log(x));
emitter.emit('eventWithArgs', 'I was passed to emit');
// 'I was passed to emit'

You can remove an event handler by passing the name of the event and a reference to the registered function to remove.

emitter.remove('myEventName', eventHandler);

You can also remove all event handlers registered at a specific name with 'removeAll'. If want to unregister all event handlers period, you can call removeAll without passing it an event name.

// Removes all events at eventName
// Removes all events at any name

A note about scope

Event handlers will be called with the scope of the Emitter object. If you want your listener to be bound to a different scope, you can use Function.prototype.bind to bind your event handler to the scope that you desire, or better yet, use an arrow function.



Takes no arguments. Will return an instance of the Emitter class.

emit(eventName: String|number, ...args: any)

Takes an eventName, which ideally should be a string or a number, and any number of additional arguments. Will call all of the event handlers registered at eventName and pass them ...args, in the order they were registered. If any registered handlers throw an error, a new error will be thrown after all registered events have been called.

on(eventName: String|number, fn: function)

Will register fn for event eventName, to be emitted by emit.

once(eventName: String|number, fn: function)

Will register fn for event eventName, to be emitted by emit. Will be unregistered after it has been called once.

remove(eventName: String|number, fn: function)

Will unregister fn for event eventName, where fn is a reference to a function registered at eventName. Once unregistered, a handler will no longer be emitted. If there are no events at eventName, or if fn is not a handler for eventName, nothing will happen. If the same listener is registered for an event multiple times, only the first instance will be removed.

removeAll(eventName: String|number)

Will unregister all events at eventName. If eventName is not supplied, ALL events at ALL names will be unregistered.

listeners(eventName: String|number)

Gets all listeners registered at eventName (or any empty array if there are none). Will return an array of objects, each with a fn property (the event handler) and a boolean once property indicating whether or not the event is a one-time handler.

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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