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A simple express.js and socket.io wrapper for nodejs

Why ?

Because building an app with express and socket.io could be complex and redundant, here is a really small wrapper to work with latest versions of express.js and socket.io

Written in full javascript with the KiSS protocol : Keep it Short and Simple !


npm install sockpress

Sockpress is compatible by every version of node from v0.12

How to use ?

Sockpress adds the socket.io object to the express one. It does not change express or socket.io properties, but adds some useful features.

Init Sockpress

Sockpress initialization creates express and socket server with automatic shared session support.

var app = require("sockpress").init([express], [options]);

An example to work with classic session store (memory) :

var options = {
  secret: "a secret key",
  saveUninitialized: false
var app = require("sockpress").init(options);

An example to work with connect-redis session :

var session = require('express-session');
var RedisStore = require('connect-redis')(session);

var options = {
  secret: "a secret key",
  store: new RedisStore({host:''}),
  name: "my-cookie-key"
var app = require("sockpress").init(options);

List of available options for sessions

If you dont want sockpress to create a session store, just pass options.disableSession = true parameter.

Use it with HTTPS

You can use sockpress as a HTTPS server. Just pass a https option to sockpress, containing https details.

var options = {
  secret: "a secret key",
  https: {
    key: privateKey,
    cert: serverCert
var app = require("sockpress").init(options);

List of available options for https

Add express middlewares as usual

You can include your favorite express middleware like a classic express app ! For convenience, sockpress exposes the express raw object in app.express.

app.use(app.express.static(require("path").join(__dirname, "static")));

Important : use Express 4 middlewares, see documentation.

Define routes

For classic routes, you don't have to change your code. See express docs.

app.get("/index", function(req, res) {
  res.send("Hello World!");

For IO routes and configuration, you can use the app.io object, and use it as a classic socket.io object. See socket.io docs.

app.io.on("connection", function(socket) {
  socket.emit("welcome", "Hi ! Welcome on Sockpress server."); //send to the connected socket
  socket.broadcast.emit("newUser"); //broadcast to other users

You can also use a fresh utility provided by Sockpress : app.io.route(socket, data)

app.io.route("send message", function(socket, data) {
  socket.emit("message sent", data);
  socket.broadcast.emit("new message", data);

It also supports socket.io namespaces :

app.io.route("/users", "send message", function(socket, data) {
  // ...

Use session inside IO routes

app.io.route("action", function(socket, data) {
  if(socket.session.authenticated) {
    socket.session.foo = "bar";

Warning : you have to call the socket.session.save([callback]) function after updating the session inside a IO route.

Start Sockpress !

// or
app.listen(3000, "");

see nodejs http(s) doc

Test Sockpress

git clone https://github.com/Lesterpig/sockpress.git
cd sockpress
npm test

(Advanced) Use modular routes system

If your application uses a modular approach, you would be interested by the modular routes syntax. Here is an example where we define a route and then plug it into the sockpress server.

var myRoute = app.io.Route();

// Define route
.on('connection', function(socket) {
  // On new connection (standard approach)
.use(function(socket, next) {
  // On new connection too (middleware approach)
.event('name', function(socket, data) {
  // On particular event

// Plug route!
app.io.route('/namespace', myRoute);

Project Status

This project is maintained for bug fixes and compatibility with newer versions of express/socket.io, but no new features are planned. It should then be considered "Stable".