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Add media streaming example
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This module provides an easy and reliable way to setup a WebRTC connection between peers and communicate using events (the

Socket.IO is used to transport signalling data and as a fallback for clients where WebRTC PeerConnection is not supported.

How to use

Create a socket connection, pass it to P2P. On the Client:

var P2P = require('');
var io = require('');
var socket = io();

var p2p = new P2P(socket);

p2p.on('ready', function(){
  p2p.usePeerConnection = true;
  p2p.emit('peer-obj', { peerId: peerId });

// this event will be triggered over the socket transport
// until `usePeerConnection` is set to `true`
p2p.on('peer-msg', function(data){

If you're not using browserify, then use the included standalone file socketiop2p.min.js. This exports a P2P constructor on window.

On the server, use the to take care of signalling. All clients who support WebRTC data connections will exchange signalling data via the default / namespace.

var server = require('http').createServer();
var io = require('')(server);
var p2p = require('').Server;

WebRTC Peer connections can also be established by exchanging signalling data within a room. Do this by calling the p2p server within the connection callback:

var server = require('http').createServer();
var io = require('')(server);
var p2p = require('').Server;

io.on('connection', function(socket){
  clients[] = socket;
  p2p(socket, null, room);

See chat app for full example.


p2psocket = new P2P(socket, opts, cb)

Create a new connection.

The opts object can include options for setup of the overall connection as well as options for the individual peers - specified using peerOpts.

  • numClients - max number of peers each client can connect to; 5 by default.
  • autoUpgrade - upgrade to a p2p connection (from one) when peers are ready; true by default
  • peerOpts - object of options to be passed to underlying peers. See here for currently supported options. See here for an example.

cb is an optional callback. Called when connection is upgraded to a WebRTC connection.

p2psocket.on('upgrade', function (data) {})

Triggered when P2P connection is converted to a WebRTC one.

p2psocket.on('peer-error', function (data) {})

Triggered when a PeerConnection object errors during signalling.

Roadmap of development

  • Support for packets containing multiple binary blobs - packets can only contain one blob in this version
  • Allow a peer to act as a relay between peers that don't support PeerConnection and those that do.

PRs and issue reports are most welcome.