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Pass objects from browser to renderer-side at window creation, as argument of "new BrowserWindow()" or ".loadUrl()", to avoid pollution of the global scope #1095

cronvel opened this Issue Feb 4, 2015 · 9 comments


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cronvel commented Feb 4, 2015

The remote module is really handy, however I don't like to pollute the global scope of the browser-side just to provide some objects to the renderer's remote module, using remote.getGlobal(name).

It would be nice if we can pass some objects from browser-side to renderer-side, either at the BrowserWindow creation or when using .loadUrl().

Implementation example, browser-side:

var somethingIWantToShare = {
  myFunction: function() {
    // some code
  } ,
  // some properties and methods here
} ;

mainWindow.loadUrl( 'file://' + __dirname + '/html/main.html' , {
  rendererSideName: somethingIWantToShare ,
  anotherRendererSideName: ... // another object to share
} ) ;


remote.rendererSideName.myFunction() ;
remote.anotherRendererSideName.myOtherFunction() ;

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zcbenz commented Feb 4, 2015

You can do it in this way:

browser side:

mainWindow.rendererSideName = somethingIWantToShare;

renderer side:


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jprichardson commented May 22, 2015

@cronvel I wrote for this purpose. It uses the same method as atom. It also keeps track of global window refs so that you don't have to worry about it.


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cronvel commented May 23, 2015

@jprichardson Thanks a lot, I will look into it!


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Programming4life commented Jan 26, 2016

@zcbenz I tried that in v0.36.4 and it doesent work. I basically need to pass an object between two windows.


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meghadev commented Jan 11, 2017

The approach mentioned here didn't work for me. Any possible reason?


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denu5 commented May 11, 2017

@meghadev I think some things changed have since 2015 but I can tell you a solution that works for me in Electron 1.6

In the main process:

e.g. index.ts

// typed to 'any', because we add a custom property later
 let myWindow: any = new BrowserWindow({ 
        height: 500, 
        width: 700,
        frame: false,
        resizable: false

 myWindow.custom = {
        'whatever': 'youwant'

Then on the renderer side it's accessible like this:

e.g. index.html

var electron = require('electron');
var currentWindow = electron.remote.getCurrentWindow();

I'm not happy that it breaks the typing of the BrowserWindow and having said that, I'm pretty sure that this isn't best practice.

To use it in JS just remove :any


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IndieRobert commented Apr 17, 2018

can we get a 'opened' event to send data please.


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trusktr commented Jun 15, 2018

@denu5 How can we do this reference passing if we're using a <webview> element and not a BrowserWindow? For example, between a BrowserWindow and <webview> that resides inside of it?


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JeevanJain commented Jul 27, 2018


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