A mixin usable for both generic objects and decorators.
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Inspired by Reginald Braithwaite proposal in his Using ES.later Decorators as Mixins post, and discussed with both Reginald and Addy Osmani in the gist related to Addy's Exploring ES2016 Decorators post, this mixin function goal is to bring a universal way, from ES3 to ES.future, client or server, to define functions usable as decorators for both clases and generic objects.

Following the same ES7 example used in Addy's post, based on this mixin solution.

const SuperPowers = mixin({
  init() {
    Object.defineProperty(this, '_superPowers', {value: []});
  addPower(name) {
    return this;
  get powers() {
    return this._superPowers.slice(0);

const UtilityBelt = mixin({
  init() {
    Object.defineProperty(this, '_utilityBelt', {value: []});
  addToBelt(name) {
    return this;
  get utilities() {
    return this._utilityBelt.slice(0);

// Usable as decorators
class ComicBookCharacter {
  constructor(first, last) {
    this.firstName = first;
    this.lastName = last;
    // initialize mixins
    // if or when it's necessary
  realName() {
    return this.firstName + ' ' + this.lastName;

// Usage examples
const batman = new ComicBookCharacter('Bruce', 'Wayne');



  .addPower('voice sounds like Gollum has asthma');


It is also possible to use the mixin with other objects too.

// as example only, don't use at home
var SimpleEmitter = mixin({
  init: function () {
      {value: Object.create(null)}
  on: function (type, handler) {
    (this._emitter[type] || (
      this._emitter[type] = []
  emit: function (type) {
    var args = [].slice.call(arguments, 1);
    (this._emitter[type] || []).forEach(function (fn) {
      fn.apply(this, args);
    }, this);

var obj = SimpleEmitter({});

obj.on('event', function (err, res) {
  console.log(err, res);
obj.emit('event', null, 123);

It is also possible to define mixin constants, propeties, or static methods, passing a second object as parameter.

var WithStatic = mixin({}, {
  VALUE: 'any',
  method: function () {
    return WithStatic.VALUE;

WithStatic.method(); // any

Which file ?

In nodejs you can either npm install universal-mixin or use universal-mixin.node.js file.

For browsers you can use universal-mixin.js file, and for AMD you can use universal-mixin.amd.js.


The provided functionality is compatible with IE6 or greater, Espruino, NodeJS, and other common JavaScript engines.

In pre ES5 compatible engines properties will be set enumerable and if no ES5 shim+sham is provided upfront getters and setters might not be accepted.

While IE6 and IE7 works just fine, if you are targeting IE8 please be sure ES5 shim+sham is loaded upfront. You can put this on top of your page.

<!--[if IE 8]>
<script src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/es5-shim/4.1.7/es5-shim.min.js"></script>
<script src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/es5-shim/4.1.7/es5-sham.min.js"></script>

Finally, you can test your browser through the test page.