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Heartbeat Request Responder for SocketStream 0.3 RC2

This is a request responder for SocketStream which provides a heartbeat mechanism keeping track of active sessions, and allowing the server to respond to client events such as disconnects.


Get it from GitHub or from npm:

npm install ss-heartbeat-responder

Include the responder in app.js:


Or, to load with options:

ss.responders.add(require('ss-heartbeat-responder'), { logging: 1, fakeRedis: true });

See below for a full list of configuration options. I recommend reviewing the purgeDelay, beatDelay, and expireDelay options as the defaults may not be appropriate for your app.

Client Usage

Call the following somewhere near the top of your client side code to kick off the heartbeat:


And if you want to stop the heartbeat process:


This will also trigger a disconnected event on the server straight away, and might be useful to call on window.onunload.

Server Usage

After adding the responder, you can listen for events on ss.heartbeat (or ss.api.heartbeat from app.js):

ss.heartbeat.on('disconnect', function(session) {
  //session has session.userId, etc

All events return a session instance. The available events are:

  • disconnect - Fired when a client has not sent a heartbeat recently enough, or when a client calls ss.heartbeatStop().
  • connect - Fired when a client calls ss.heartbeatStart() to begin the heartbeat process.
  • reconnect - Fired when a client calls ss.heartbeatStart() to begin the heartbeat process and the server believes the client is still connected. For example if the user refreshes the page or opens a new tab with the same cookie.

Also available are:

ss.heartbeat.allConnected(function(sessions) {
  //sessions is an array of all active sessions

ss.heartbeat.isConnected(sessionId, function(err, res) {
  //res == 0 if sessionId is considered idle or disconnected
  //res == 1 if sessionId is active 

ss.heartbeat.purge(); //Immediately force a check for inactive sessions, triggering any disconnect events

Server Configuration

The available configuration options are:

  • name - The name used in logging, as a redis prefix, and registered in ss.api. Default is heartbeat.
  • logging - The logging provided in the server console. Default is 0. 0: No logging. 1: Logging of connect, reconnect, and disconnect events. 2: Logging of all events, including heartbeats.
  • purgeDelay - How often, in seconds, the server checks for inactive sessions and emits disconnect events. Default is 25.
  • beatDelay - How often, in seconds, the client sends a heartbeat. Default is 30.
  • expireDelay - How long, in seconds, a heartbeat is considered valid. Should be longer than beatDelay. If this time has passed since the last beat when a purge occurs, the session is considered inactive and the disconnect event is emitted. Default is 40.
  • host - Redis host. Default is
  • port - Redis port. Default is 6479.
  • options - Redis options.
  • fakeRedis - If true no redis server is required, for development convenience. Default is false.
  • pass - Password for Redis authentication.
  • db - Redis database to SELECT.
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