Pulse Publisher

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A collection of utilities for interacting with Mozilla's Pulse.


This is tested on and should run on any of node {7, 8, 10}.


The source-code contains additional comments for each method.

// Exchanges are typically declared in a file like exchanges.js
let Exchanges = require('pulse-publisher');

// Create a new set of exchanges
let exchanges = new Exchanges({
  name: 'myservice', // should match serviceName
  version: 'v1',
  title: 'Title for Exchanges Docs',
  description: [
    'Description in **markdown**.',
    'This will available in reference JSON',

// Declare an exchange
  exchange: 'test-exchange', // Name-suffix for exchange on RabbitMQ
  name:     'testExchange',  // Name of exchange in reference JSON (used client libraries)
  title:    'Title for Exchange Docs',
  description: [
    'Description in **markdown**.',
    'This will available in reference JSON',
  schema:   'name-of-my-schema.yml',   // Schema for payload, a file in `schemas/<version>`
  messageBuilder: (message) => message, // Build message from arguments given to publisher.testExchange(...)
  routingKey: [
    // Declaration of elements that makes up the routing key
      // First element should always be constant 'primary' to be able to identify
      // primary routingkey from CC'ed routing keys.
      name: 'routingKeyKind', // Identifier used in client libraries
      summary: 'Routing key kind hardcoded to primary in primary routing-key',
      constant: 'primary',
      required: true,
    }, {
      name: 'someId', // See routingKeyBuilder
      summary: 'Brief docs',
      required: true || false, // If false, the default value is '_'
      maxSize: 22,    // Max size is validated when sending
      multipleWords: true || false, // If true, the value can contain dots '.'
    }, {
      // Last element should always be multiple words (and labeled reserved)
      // The only way to match it is with a #, hence, we ensure that clients are
      // compatible with future routing-keys if add addtional entries in the future.
      name:             'reserved',
      summary:          'Space reserved for future use.',
      multipleWords:    true,
      maxSize:          1,
  routingKeyBuilder: (message) => {
    // Build routingKey from arguments given to publisher.testExchange(...)
    // This can return either a string or an object with a key for each
    // required property specified in 'routingKey' above.
    return {
      someId: message.someIdentifier,
  CCBuilder: (message) => {
    // Construct CC'ed routingkeys as strings from arguments given to publisher.testExchanges(...)
    // By convention they should all be prefixed 'route.', so they don't interfer with the primary
    // routing key.
    return message.routes.map(r => 'route.' + r);

// Note you can declare multiple exchanges, by calling exchanges.declare again.
// Nothing happens on AMQP before exchanges.connect() is called. This just declares
// the code in JS.

// Some where in your app, instantiate a publisher
let publisher = await exchanges.connect({
  rootUrl: ...,
  credentials: {
    hostname: ..,
    username: ..,
    password: ..,
    vhost: ..,
  namespace: '...', // namespace for the pulse exchanges (e.g., `taskcluster-glurble`)
  expires: '1 day', // lifetime of the namespace
  validator: await schemaset.validator(rootUrl),
  monitor: undefined, // optional instance of taskcluster-lib-monitor

// Send a message to the declared testExchange
await publisher.testExchange({someIdentifier: '...', routes: [], ...});

Note that all four values for credentials must be included.

Alternately, if using taskcluster-lib-loader, create a loader component that calls setup, which will also publish the exchange reference:

  publisher: {
    requires: ['cfg', 'schemaset', 'monitor'],
    setup: ({cfg, validator, monitor}) => exchanges.setup({
      rootUrl:            cfg.taskcluster.rootUrl,
      credentials:        cfg.pulse,
      namespace:          cfg.pulse.namespace,
      expires:            cfg.pulse.expires,
      validator:          await schemaset.validator(cft.taskcluster.rootUrl),
      publish:            cfg.app.publishMetaData,
      aws:                cfg.aws,
      monitor:            monitor.prefix('publisher'),

Docs can also be generated with exchange.reference(). See the source code docs for details.

Test Support

For testing, it is useful to be able to verify that messages were sent without requiring a real AMQP server.

Pass credentials: {fake: true} to connect or setup to get this behavior. No AMQP connection will be made, but each call to a message-publishing method will result in a "fakePublish" message emitted from the publisher with content {exchange, routingKey, payload, CCs}.


You'll need to fill a file called user-config.yml with valid keys. There is a user-config-example.yml you can copy over to see which keys are needed. Then it is just a matter of yarn install and yarn test.


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