actionhero client in JS for other node servers to use

npm install actionhero_client
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actionhero_client (for nodeJS)

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This library makes it easy for one nodeJS process to talk to a remote actionhero server.

This library makes use of actionhero's TCP socket connections to enable fast, stateful connections. This library also allows for many concurrent and asynchronous requests to be running in parallel by making use of actionhero's message counter. This library is at times event-driven, and for functions that makes sense to do so, callback based.


Installation should be as simple as:

npm install actionhero_client

and then you can include it in your projects with:

var actionhero_client = require("actionhero_client").actionhero_client;

Once you have included the actionheroClient library within your project, you can connect like this:

  host: "",
  port: "5000",
}, callback);

default options (which you can ovveride) are:

var defaults = {
  host: "",
  port: "5000",
  delimiter: "\r\n",
  logLength: 100,
  secure: false,
  timeout: 30000,


actionhero_client will emit a few types of events (many of which are caught in the example below). Here are the events, and how you might catch them:

  • actionhero_client.on("connected", function(null){})
  • actionhero_client.on("end", function(null){})
  • actionhero_client.on("welcome", function(welcomeMessage){})
    • welcomeMessage is a string
  • actionhero_client.on("error", function(errorMessage){})
    • errorMessage is a string
  • actionhero_client.on("say", function(messageBlock){})
    • messageBlock is a hash containing timeStamp, from, and message
  • actionhero_client.on("timeout", function(err, request, caller){})
    • request is the string sent to the api
    • caller (the calling function) is returned if your api requset didn't complete within params.callback


One you are connected (by waiting for the "connected" event), the following methods will be available to you:

  • actionhero_client.disconnect(next)
  • actionhero_client.paramAdd(key,value,next)
    • remember that both key and value must pass JSON.stringify
  • actionhero_client.paramDelete(key,next)
  • actionhero_client.paramsDelete(next)
  • actionhero_client.paramView(key,next)
  • actionhero_client.paramsView(next)
  • actionhero_client.roomView(next)
  • actionhero_client.details(next)
  • actionhero_client.roomChange(room,next)
  • actionhero_client.say(msg,next)
  • actionhero_client.action(action,next)
    • this basic action method will not set or unset any params
    • next will be passed (err, data, duration)
  • actionhero_client.actionWithParams(action,params,next)
    • this action will ignore any previously set params to the connection
    • params is a hash of this form {key: "myKey", value: "myValue"}
    • next will be passed (err, data, duration)

Each callback will receive the full data hash returned from the server and a timestamp: (err, data, duration)


There are a few data elements you can inspect on actionhero_client:

  • actionhero_client.lastLine
    • This is the last parsed JSON message received from the server (chronologically, not by messageID)
  • actionhero_client.userMessages
    • a hash which contains the latest say message from all users
  • actionhero_client.log
    • An array of the last n parsable JSON replies from the server
    • each entry is of the form {data, timeStamp} where data was the server's full response
  • actionhero_client.messageCount
    • An integer counting the number of messages received from the server


var action_hero_client = require("./actionhero_client.js");
var A = new action_hero_client;

  console.log(" > SAY: " + msgBlock.message + " | from: " + msgBlock.from);

A.on("welcome", function(msg){
  console.log("WELCOME: " + msg);

A.on("error", function(err){
  console.log("ERROR: " + err);

A.on("end", function(){
  console.log("Connection Closed");

A.on("timeout", function(err, request, caller){
  console.log(request + " timed out");

  host: "",
  port: "5000",

A.on("connected", function(){
  A.action("status", function(err, apiResposne, delta){
    console.log(" > uptime: " + apiResposne.uptime);
    console.log(" ~ request duration: " + delta + "ms");

    // Action should have an error, not all the params are provided
    A.action("cacheTest", function(err, apiResposne, delta){
      console.log("cacheTest (try 1) Error: " + apiResposne.error);
      console.log(" ~ request duration: " + delta + "ms");

      // Action should be OK now
      var params = { key: "mykey", value: "myValue" };
      A.actionWithParams("cacheTest", params, function(err, apiResposne, delta){
        console.log("cacheTest (try 2) response: " + apiResposne.cacheTestResults.saveResp);
        console.log(" ~ request duration: " + delta + "ms");


        //cool, lets leave
        setTimeout(process.exit, 1000); // leave some time for the "end" even to fire
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