Streams interface for the WebRTC data channel

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Node streams2 interface for working with WebRTC data channels. This stream implementation will cater for current data size limits in the WebRTC data channels.


Build Status unstable

Example Usage

The example below shows how to use the rtc-dcstream module to stream data via a datachannel to n remote participants. In this case we are using the W3C FileReader API and streaming dropped data files over the data channel:

var dropkick = require('dropkick');
var quickconnect = require('rtc-quickconnect');
var fileReader = require('filestream/read');
var fileReceiver = require('filestream/write');
var createDataStream = require('rtc-dcstream');
var channels = [];
var peers = [];
var inbound = {};

function prepStream(dc, id) {
  createDataStream(dc).pipe(fileReceiver(function(file, metadata) {
    console.log('received file from: ' + id, file, metadata);

    // get ready to receive another stream
    setTimeout(function() {
      prepStream(dc, id);
    }, 50);

quickconnect('http://rtc.io/switchboard', { room: 'filetx-test' })
  .on('files:open', function(dc, id) {

    prepStream(dc, id);
  .on('peer:leave', function(id) {
    var peerIdx = peers.indexOf(id);
    if (peerIdx >= 0) {
      peers.splice(peerIdx, 1);
      channels.splice(peerIdx, 1);

dropkick(document.body).on('file', function(file) {
  channels.map(createDataStream).forEach(function(stream) {

// give the document some size so we can drag and drop stuff
document.body.style.width = '100vw';
document.body.style.height = '100vw';

Alternative Implementations

In addition to this module, the following are other modules that wrap WebRTC data channel communication via a node streaming interface:


To be completed.


Apache 2.0

Copyright 2014 National ICT Australia Limited (NICTA)

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