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Dead Simple Notifications

A robust notification framework extension for Express

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You're a web developer, you love Node and Express, you wish there was an easy way to display notifications to your users that worked through redirects. We're here to help!


To install, simply run npm install express-dsn or add the following to your package.json file.

	"dependencies": {
		"express-dsn": "1.x"


var express = require('express'),
	dsn = require('express-dsn');

var app = express();


app.get('/view', function(req, res) {
	res.json(200, res.locals.notifications);

app.get('/message', function(req, res) {
	res.notify({ title: 'My Title', content: "My message content goes here...", type: 'alert' });


How it Works

DSN works by extending the Express response object and hooking the redirect and render methods. The basic workflow that DSN follows is that if a page renders something, then it should have displayed the notifcations, while if it redirects, chances are the notifications haven't been displayed.

Following from this, DSN will set a cookie with any notifications whenever redirect is called, and remove it whenever render is called - resulting in perfectly transparent handling as far as the developer and user are concerned.

To make your life even easier, DSN uses the res.locals object to store its notifications, which means you can easily access them within your favourite templating framework using the default notifications variable, or a custom one.


The following is a list of all the possible ways in which you can use DSN given its available functions. It should give you a good idea of the functionality provided.

var dsn = require('dsn');

dsn.notify(res, notification);

dsn.options.cookie = 'dsn'; = 'notifications';

dsn.options.hook = {
	store: {
		redirect: true,
		location: true
	clear: {
		render: true,
		json: true

app.get('/', function(req, res) {


If you aren't happy with the name of the notifications variable, or wish to change the name of the cookie that DSN uses, then you will probably want to customize DSN to suit your needs. DSN provides some basic customization through the dsn.options property.

  • cookie The name of the cookie used to store notifications for users. Defaults to dsn.
  • property The name of the property on res.locals used to store notifications for your templating engine. Defaults to notifications.
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