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librealsense2 Node.js Wrapper

This is the Node.js wrapper for the C++ librealsense2 for Intel® RealSense™ depth cameras (D400 series and the SR300).

Notice: Before You Go Further

To librealsense contributors: this document is for developers who want to fork librealsense and make changes to source code. (pull requests are welcome)

To Node.js users: if you're using Node.js and want to use Node.js librealsense API, please use the following command to install it directly:

npm install --save node-librealsense

If it fails to install, please refer to install prerequisites. Usage examples can be found in node_modules/node-librealsense/examples dir.

1. Build from Source

1.1. Install Build Prerequisites

Install Node.js

The version should be at least v6.x and the releases can be found here.

Ubuntu 16.04

In Ubuntu16.04, the default apt-get installed version is lower than v6.x. The following command could install the latest v6.x release:

curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

Windows 10

Please download the .msi file of v6.x (for example v6.12.0) from x86 or x64 and install it.

Mac OS

Note: OSX support for the full range of functionality offered by the SDK is not yet complete.

Install the Homebrew package manager via terminal if not installed, then run the following command to install node:

brew install node


The version can be checked through this command:

node -v

Install required modules

After Node.js is installed, run the following command to install required modules.

npm install -g jsdoc     # Required for document generation
npm install -g node-gyp  # This is optional

You will probably need to setup proxy of npm or https proxy of npm, if you don't have direct internet connection.

Setup Build Environment

Environment is ready if you're using Ubuntu 16.04.

If you're using Windows 10, please do the following steps:

  1. Install Python 2.7.xx, make sure "Add python.exe to Path" is checked during the installation.

  2. Install Visual Studio 2015 or 2017. The Community version also works.

  3. Install CMake, make sure CMake is in system PATH (Choose "Add CMake to the system PATH for all users" or "Add CMake to the system PATH for the current user" during the installation). This step is for npm install of Node.js GLFW module that is used in wrappers/nodejs/examples.

Note#1: The npm module windows-build-tools also works for npm install Node.js bindings, but it's not suffcient to build the native C++ librealsense2.

Note#2: for Node.js GLFW module, add msbuild to system PATH, e.g "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community\MSBuild\15.0\Bin"

Note#3: When running Node.js 6.x, you might need to upgrade npm-bundled node-gyp to support Visual Studio 2017 (if you're using it)

1.2. Build Native C++ librealsense

Please refer to Linux installation doc or Windows installation doc or Mac OS installation doc to build native C++ librealsense2.

1.3. Build Node.js Module/Addon

There are two options to do it: "manually bulid" or "build with CMake". The former one is for Node.js language binding developers who frequently change module/addon source code; the latter one is for all-in-one build scenarios.

Manually Build

After C++ librealsense library is Built, run the following commands:

cd wrappers/nodejs
npm install

Build with CMake

Before building C++ librealsense library, enable the following option when calling cmake.

cmake -DBUILD_NODEJS_BINDINGS=1 <other options...>
make  # Will build both C++ library & Node.js binding.

Note: when doing "Build with CMake" on Windows, node-gyp module of 'npm install' command requires one or many of the following Visual Studio 2017 components (if you're using it):

  • .NET Framework 4.7 development tools
  • .NET Framework 4.6.2 development tools
  • .NET Framework 4-4.6 development tools

If it still doens't work, try pass an environment variable to node-gyp: set GYP_MSVS_VERSION=2015

2. Run Examples

When Node.js wrapper is built, you can run examples to see if it works. Plug in your Intel® RealSense™ camera and run the following commands

cd wrappers/nodejs/examples
npm install
node nodejs-capture.js

3. API Reference Document

Open wrappers/nodejs/doc/index.html for full reference document. If it isn't there, run the following commands to generate it:

cd wrappers/nodejs
node scripts/generate-doc.js

4. Contribution

Coding style guideline

We're following Chromium coding style for different languages: C++, Python and JavaScript.

Run linter

  1. Install depot_tools and added to PATH env.
  2. Install Required npm modules, cd src/tools && npm install.
  3. Run ./tools/linter.js before submitting your code.

Commit message guideline

We use same Chromium commit log guideline and Github closing isses via commit messages. Use the following form:

Summary of change.

Longer description of change addressing as appropriate: why the change is made,
context if it is part of many changes, description of previous behavior and
newly introduced differences, etc.

Long lines should be wrapped to 80 columns for easier log message viewing in

Fixes #123456
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