Protobuf implementation in javascript
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Protojs is a BSD-licensed protocol buffer library written in JavaScript.

NOTE: If you're starting a new project, we recommend newer, better
supported and maintained options, e.g.

==== Features:

* Fast compiler using ANTLR
* Packed field + 2.3.0 autodetection
* Full Unicode support (decoding surrogate pairs above 0xffff)
* Getters+setters for error checking (and fallback if not supported)
* Enums and nested messages
* 32-bit and 64-bit floating points
* Serializing/deserializing to base64 or array of int
* PBJ datatypes (uuid, vector, quaternion, normal) defined in pbj.js

==== Bugs or missing features:
* Does not enforce "required", acts the same as "optional"
* Default values are not used
* Setting a field in a sub-message will not cause the sub-message to be
  serialized, as the python parser worked before 2.3.0
* It is not possible to serialize to binary string in a cross-browser way,
  because Javascript uses unicode strings. However, the Stream class can
  be extended for specific applications
* No support for extensions or services
* Not compatible with older versions of protobufs

==== Building protojs:

The build process is tested on Linux, and should work also on mac or cygwin:
First, run "./"
This script downloads antlr-3.2 from

Now, run "make"
Builds the "pbj" compiler and a test file from protocol/ into output/

If you want to use the makefile you can put your own .proto files into
protocol/. You can also run the pbj file with "pbj input.proto output.proto"

If you want to build a directory full of protocol files, run it with "make INPUTDIR=/path/to/protocol". You can optionally specify OUTPUTDIR if you don't want them to go to output.

==== Using the javascript library:

The javascript library is intended to be as similar as possible to python
protocol buffers.

If you have declared the package Example.Test, and made a message called
HelloWorld, you can create a message with:

var mymsg = new Example.Test.HelloWorld;
mymsg.field1 = "value1";
mymsg.inner_msg.field2 = 5;
var newmsg = mymsg.repeated_msg.push();
newmsg.field2 = 6;

To serialize the message, you must create an instance of a class that
extends PROTO.Stream.

var serialized = new PROTO.Base64Stream;

Note that the function names are ParseFromStream and SerializeToStream, not
ParseFromString or ParseFromArray as in python or C++. This is because
javascript strings are encoded in UTF-16 and cannot handle binary data.

==== Reporting bugs:

Send mail to Patrick Horn <>, or find me at #sirikata

If you have a cool feature to add, feel free to fork the project.