This is a small example that shows how to do HTML5 Server Side Events with the express framework for node.js. HTML5 SSE is a great alternative to long-polling and WebSockets if you only need realtime communication from the server to the browser, rather than two-way.
Everything is contained
in a single file:
app.js server will allow any number of browers to connect and,
every 2 seconds, will broadcast out the same random number to all
connected clients, who will receive that number over
the HTML5 server side events "EventSource" API.
Clearly, you'll need to install node. Then you can do
git clone https://github.com/kljensen/node-sse-example.git cd node-sse-example npm install
The last command will install the two dependencies, express and nodemon, which will allow you to watch a node script and restart it when it changes.
To run the app, you can do
Or, if you want to edit the app and have the server automatically restart
assuming you've gone through the installation process as described above.
You should see output like the screenshot below, where there's three different browser windows all connected to the server. You can see they're each receiving the same data at the same time.