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Provides an Elixir API for calling Node.js functions.


The docs can be found at


  • Elixir >= 1.6
  • NodeJS >= 10


def deps do
    {:nodejs, "~> 0.1.0"}

Starting the service

Add NodeJS to your Supervisor as a child, pointing the required path option at the directory containing your JavaScript modules.

supervisor(NodeJS, [[path: "/node_app_root", pool_size: 4]])

Calling JavaScript module functions with, args \\ []).

If the module exports a function directly, like this:

module.exports = (x) => x

You can call it like this:"echo", ["hello"]) #=> {:ok, "hello"}

There is also a call! form that throws on error instead of returning a tuple:!("echo", ["hello"]) #=> "hello"

If the module exports an object with named functions like:

exports.add = (a, b) => a + b
exports.sub = (a, b) => a - b

You can call them like this:{"math", :add}, [1, 2]) # => {:ok, 3}{"math", :sub}, [1, 2]) # => {:ok, -1}

There Are Rules & Limitations (Unfortunately)

  • Function arguments must be serializable to JSON.
  • Return values must be serializable to JSON. (Objects with circular references will definitely fail.)
  • Modules must be requested relative to the path that was given to the Supervisor. E.g., for a path of /node_app_root and a file /node_app_root/foo/index.js your module request should be for "foo/index.js" or "foo/index" or "foo".
  • To reference node_modules dependecies, do one of the following:

    • Make local modules that re-export the functions you want.
    • Request the module as "node_modules/<name>". (Not "<name>" as you would in Node.)