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Is an NodeJS native plugin to allow Java code execution inside V8/NodeJS container. Is done in C++11 to make use of object oriented design.

This library is compatible with Node.js 6 and below.


  • Because Java have very good ecosystem of libraries like PDFBox, iText, Solr, etc.., all mature and useful.
  • The objective is to create wrappers around the library you want and use it in your Node app.
  • Easing Node.js integration with legacy Java system.
  • Performance, comunication between JS and a JVM method is ≈<1ms.


  • The JVM run in the same NodeJS process as a native add-on so comunication between each other is fast.
  • Allow you to load jar/classes and use them inside NodeJS like Javascript objects literals.
  • The API can choose the right method giving a set of arguments, so it solves the method overloading in Java. [experimental].
  • Exception handling, exception thrown by JVM are translated to Javascript exception.
  • You can send blocking Java calls to a background thread and assign a callback to continue when finished. alt tag
  • This is part of the LibJNI project, but explain how the performance is achieved by using this broker class to hide the caching/reflection details to the object class, this server class can be easily replace by custom made or platform specific implementantion, you just need to implement the same method signature and thats it. alt tag

Things to be added soon.

  • support to static classes.
  • support to non-void constructor.
  • support for java.lang.object derivatives args/return.

Supported types [for now]

  • Primitive

    • int
    • java.lang.String
    • double
    • byte[] - to Buffer to handle binaries.
  • Object [comming soon...]


Ella requires Node.js v4+ to run.

$ export JAVA_HOME=/jdk/location/     #finish with / is important here, there is a bug in the installer :(
$ npm install ella


setClassPath ( path: string array, recursive: true)

path: array, paths where to find the .jars/.class

recursive: true/false, if true look for jar/classes recursively.

This method allow us to configure the classpath,

	var ella = require('ella');
	ella.setClassPath(['/folder/with/.jars/.class', ...], true);  //if true flag, it will look recursively all jars/class. 

getClassPath ( void )

return the classpath configuration.

This method allow us to configure the classpath.

	ella.getClassPath();  //myjar1.jar:myjar2.jar   

start ( callback )

create an JVM instance asynchronously.

callback(instance): function take as parameter an instance of the JVM.

This method allow us to configure the classpath.

	ella.start(function(vm){  /* do some work with vm */   }) (string qualified classname)

given a classname create a new object.

	var stringBuffer ='java.lang.StringBuffer');
	// stringBuffer.append
	// stringBuffer.insert
	// stringBuffer.substring 
	// ....

sync call

To make an sync call just call the method.

	console.log(stringBuffer.toString() );  //hello. 

async call

Just call the method as normal and add a function callback as an extra parameter this extra parameter transform the call to async.

	var pdf ='com.pdf.Library'); // method signature  byte[] createPDF(string); 
	var buffer = pdf.createPDF('my_blocking.pdf');   // this call will block the interpreter in this position. 
	// the addition of an anonymous function make all jvm->js-method async.
	pdf.createPDF('my_async.pdf', function(buffer){  /* do some work with buffer */ }); // non-blocking call.
	//js code.......
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