Simple pub/sub messaging for the web

Node.js server

Setting up

All Faye clients need a central messaging server to communicate with; the server records which clients are subscribed to which channels and handles routing of messages between clients. Setting up a server in Node.js is simple:

var http = require('http'),
    faye = require('faye');

var server = http.createServer(),
    bayeux = new faye.NodeAdapter({mount: '/faye', timeout: 45});


The NodeAdapter class supports these options during setup:

  • mount – the path on the host at which the Faye service is available. In this example, clients would connect to http://localhost:8000/faye to talk to the server. The server will handle any request whose path begins with the mount path; this is so that it can interoperate with clients that use different request paths for different channels.
  • timeout – the maximum time to hold a connection open before returning the response. This is given in seconds and must be smaller than the timeout on your frontend webserver.
  • engine – (optional) the type and parameters for the engine you want to use – see the engines documentation
  • ping – (optional) how often, in seconds, to send keep-alive ping messages over WebSocket and EventSource connections. Use this if your Faye server will be accessed through a proxy that kills idle connections.

Faye should be attached to an existing HTTP server using the attach() method. It will handle all requests to paths matching the mount path and delegate all other requests to your handlers.

var http = require('http'),
    faye = require('faye');

var bayeux = new faye.NodeAdapter({mount: '/faye', timeout: 45});

// Handle non-Bayeux requests
var server = http.createServer(function(request, response) {
  response.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
  response.end('Hello, non-Bayeux request');