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node.js through stream that emits a unique stream of objects based on criteria

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Install via npm:

$ npm install unique-stream


Dedupe a ReadStream based on JSON.stringify:

var unique = require('unique-stream')
  , Stream = require('stream');

// return a stream of 3 identical objects
function makeStreamOfObjects() {
  var s = new Stream;
  s.readable = true;
  var count = 3;
  for (var i = 0; i < 3; i++) {
    setImmediate(function () {
      s.emit('data', { name: 'Bob', number: 123 });
      --count || end();

  function end() {

  return s;

// Will only print out one object as the rest are dupes. (Uses JSON.stringify)
  .on('data', console.log);

Dedupe a ReadStream based on an object property:

// Use name as the key field to dedupe on. Will only print one object
  .on('data', console.log);

Dedupe a ReadStream based on a custom function:

// Use a custom function to dedupe on. Use the 'number' field. Will only print one object.
  .pipe(function (data) {
    return data.number;
  .on('data', console.log);

Dedupe multiple streams

The reason I wrote this was to dedupe multiple object streams:

var aggregator = unique();

// Stream 1

// Stream 2

// Stream 3

aggregator.on('data', console.log);

Use a custom store to record keys that have been encountered

By default a set is used to store keys encountered so far, in order to check new ones for uniqueness. You can supply your own store instead, providing it supports the add(key) and has(key) methods. This could allow you to use a persistant store so that already encountered objects are not re-streamed when node is reloaded.

var keyStore = {
  store: {},

  add: function(key) {[key] = true;

  has: function(key) {
    return[key] !== undefined;

  .pipe(unique('name', keyStore))
  .on('data', console.log);


unique-stream is an OPEN Open Source Project. This means that:

Individuals making significant and valuable contributions are given commit-access to the project to contribute as they see fit. This project is more like an open wiki than a standard guarded open source project.

See the file for more details.


unique-stream is only possible due to the excellent work of the following contributors:

Eugene Ware GitHub/eugeneware
Craig Ambrose GitHub/craigambrose
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