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minimalist publish/subscribe

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sublish is a minimalist lightweight (663 Bytes minified and 336 Bytes gzipped) implementation of publish/subscribe.

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With NPM

npm install sublish

From source

git clone
cd sublish
npm install
npm run test && npm run dist


With component

component install pluma/sublish

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With bower

bower install sublish

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With a CommonJS module loader

Download the latest minified CommonJS release and add it to your project.

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With an AMD module loader

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As a standalone library

Download the latest minified standalone release and add it to your project.

<script src="/your/js/path/sublish.globals.min.js"></script>

This makes the sublish module available in the global namespace.

Basic usage example

var myPubSub = require('sublish')();

var listener = function(message) {
  console.log('myPubSub says: "' + message + '"');

myPubSub.publish('something amazing');
// -> 'myPubSub says: "something amazing"'

myPubSub.publish('talking to myself');
// -> nothing happens

Extending by inheritance

var PubSub = require('sublish').PubSub;
var inherits = require('util').inherits;
function MyFancyPubSub() {;
inherits(MyFancyPubSub, PubSub);

Extending as a mixin

var PubSub = require('sublish').PubSub;
var extend = require('extend');
function MyFancyPubSub() {;
extend(MyFancyPubSub.prototype, PubSub.prototype);


new PubSub()

Creates a new PubSub instance.

pubsub.subscribe(fn:Function, ctx:*):Function

Adds the given function to the instance's subscribers.

Note: the function will be invoked with its this context set to the given ctx. If ctx is false-y, the PubSub instance will be used instead.

pubsub.unsubscribe(fn:Function, ctx:*):Boolean

Removes the given function from the instance's subscribers.

Returns true if the subscriber exists, false otherwise.


Publishes the given arguments as a message. Every callback function in this object's list of subscribers will be called sequentially with the given messages as its arguments.


The MIT/Expat license. For more information, see or the accompanying LICENSE file.