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EventEmitter3 focuses on performance while maintaining a Node.js AND browser compatible interface.

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What is eventemitter3?

The eventemitter3 package is a high-performance event emitter library that provides an interface for emitting and listening to events. It is a drop-in replacement for existing EventEmitter implementations with a focus on performance.

What are eventemitter3's main functionalities?

Emitting events

This feature allows you to emit events with a specified name and pass arguments to the event listeners.

const EventEmitter = require('eventemitter3');
const emitter = new EventEmitter();
emitter.on('greet', function(message) {
emitter.emit('greet', 'Hello World!');

Listening to events

This feature allows you to add a listener for a specific type of event. The listener will be invoked when an event with that name is emitted.

const EventEmitter = require('eventemitter3');
const emitter = new EventEmitter();
emitter.on('greet', function(message) {

Removing event listeners

This feature allows you to remove a specific listener from an event so that it no longer gets called when the event is emitted.

const EventEmitter = require('eventemitter3');
const emitter = new EventEmitter();
function onGreet(message) {
emitter.on('greet', onGreet);
emitter.removeListener('greet', onGreet);

Once listeners

This feature allows you to add a one-time listener for an event. The listener will be invoked only the first time the event is emitted, after which it is removed.

const EventEmitter = require('eventemitter3');
const emitter = new EventEmitter();
emitter.once('greet', function(message) {
  console.log('This will only be logged once:', message);
emitter.emit('greet', 'Hello World!');
emitter.emit('greet', 'Hello again!');

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EventEmitter3 is a high performance EventEmitter. It has been micro-optimized for various of code paths making this, one of, if not the fastest EventEmitter available for Node.js and browsers. The module is API compatible with the EventEmitter that ships by default with Node.js but there are some slight differences:

  • Domain support has been removed.
  • We do not throw an error when you emit an error event and nobody is listening.
  • The newListener and removeListener events have been removed as they are useful only in some uncommon use-cases.
  • The setMaxListeners, getMaxListeners, prependListener and prependOnceListener methods are not available.
  • Support for custom context for events so there is no need to use fn.bind.
  • The removeListener method removes all matching listeners, not only the first.

It's a drop in replacement for existing EventEmitters, but just faster. Free performance, who wouldn't want that? The EventEmitter is written in EcmaScript 3 so it will work in the oldest browsers and node versions that you need to support.


$ npm install --save eventemitter3


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After installation the only thing you need to do is require the module:

var EventEmitter = require('eventemitter3');

And you're ready to create your own EventEmitter instances. For the API documentation, please follow the official Node.js documentation:

Contextual emits

We've upgraded the API of the EventEmitter.on, EventEmitter.once and EventEmitter.removeListener to accept an extra argument which is the context or this value that should be set for the emitted events. This means you no longer have the overhead of an event that required fn.bind in order to get a custom this value.

var EE = new EventEmitter()
  , context = { foo: 'bar' };

function emitted() {
  console.log(this === context); // true

EE.once('event-name', emitted, context);
EE.on('another-event', emitted, context);
EE.removeListener('another-event', emitted, context);

Tests and benchmarks

This module is well tested. You can run:

  • npm test to run the tests under Node.js.
  • npm run test-browser to run the tests in real browsers via Sauce Labs.

We also have a set of benchmarks to compare EventEmitter3 with some available alternatives. To run the benchmarks run npm run benchmark.

Tests and benchmarks are not included in the npm package. If you want to play with them you have to clone the GitHub repository. Note that you will have to run an additional npm i in the benchmarks folder before npm run benchmark.





Last updated on 30 Apr 2023

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