web-streams-polyfill

Web Streams, based on the WHATWG spec reference implementation

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web-streams-polyfill
Web Streams, based on the WHATWG spec reference implementation.
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Links

- Official specspec - Reference implementationref-impl

Usage

This library comes in multiple variants:
  • web-streams-polyfill: a ponyfill that provides the stream implementations
without replacing any globals, targeting ES2015+ environments. Recommended for use in Node 6+ applications, or in web libraries supporting modern browsers.
  • web-streams-polyfill/es5: a ponyfill targeting ES5+ environments.
Recommended for use in legacy Node applications, or in web libraries supporting older browsers.
  • web-streams-polyfill/polyfill: a polyfill that replaces the native stream implementations,
targeting ES2015+ environments. Recommended for use in web apps supporting modern browsers through a <script> tag.
  • web-streams-polyfill/polyfill/es5: a polyfill targeting ES5+ environments.
Recommended for use in web apps supporting older browsers through a <script> tag.
Each variant also includes TypeScript type definitions, compatible with the DOM type definitions for streams included in TypeScript. These type definitions require TypeScript version 4.7 or higher.
In version 4, the list of variants was reworked to have more modern defaults and to reduce the download size of the package. See the migration guidemigrating for more information.
Usage as a polyfill:
<!-- option 1: hosted by unpkg CDN -->
<script src="https://unpkg.com/web-streams-polyfill/dist/polyfill.js"></script>
<!-- option 2: self hosted -->
<script src="/path/to/web-streams-polyfill/dist/polyfill.js"></script>
<script>
var readable = new ReadableStream();
</script>
Usage as a Node module:
var streams = require("web-streams-polyfill");
var readable = new streams.ReadableStream();
Usage as a ponyfill from within a ES2015 module:
import { ReadableStream } from "web-streams-polyfill";
const readable = new ReadableStream();
Usage as a polyfill from within an ES2015 module:
import "web-streams-polyfill/polyfill";
const readable = new ReadableStream();

Compatibility

The polyfill and ponyfill variants work in any ES2015-compatible environment.
The polyfill/es5 and ponyfill/es5 variants work in any ES5-compatible environment that has a global Promise. If you need to support older browsers or Node versions that do not have a native Promise implementation (check the support tablepromise-support), you must first include a Promise polyfill (e.g. promise-polyfillpromise-polyfill).
Async iterable support for ReadableStreamrs-asynciterator is available in all variants, but requires an ES2018-compatible environment or a polyfill for Symbol.asyncIterator.
WritableStreamDefaultController.signalws-controller-signal is available in all variants, but requires a global AbortController constructor. If necessary, consider using a polyfill such as abortcontroller-polyfill.
Reading with a BYOB readermdn-byob-read is available in all variants, but requires ArrayBuffer.prototype.transfer() or structuredClone() to exist in order to correctly transfer the given view's buffer. If not available, then the buffer won't be transferred during the read.

Tooling compatibility

This package uses subpath exports for its variants. As such, you need Node 12 or higher in order to import or require() such a variant.
When using TypeScript, make sure your moduleResolution is set to "node16", "nodenext" or "bundler".

Compliance

The polyfill implements version 4dc123a (13 Nov 2023)spec-snapshot of the streams specification.
The polyfill is tested against the same web platform testswpt that are used by browsers to test their native implementations. The polyfill aims to pass all tests, although it allows some exceptions for practical reasons: Retrieving the correct %AsyncIteratorPrototype% requires using an async generator (async function* () {}), which is invalid syntax before ES2018. Instead, the polyfill creates its own versionstub-async-iterator-prototype which is functionally equivalent to the real prototype.
  • The ES5 variant passes the same tests as the ES2015 variant, except for various tests about specific characteristics of the constructors, properties and methods.
These test failures do not affect the run-time behavior of the polyfill. For example: The name property of down-leveled constructors is incorrect. The length property of down-leveled constructors and methods with optional arguments is incorrect. Not all properties and methods are correctly marked as non-enumerable. Down-leveled class methods are not correctly marked as non-constructable.

Contributors

Thanks to these people for their work on the original polyfillcreatorrr-polyfill:
- Diwank Singh Tomer (creatorrr) - Anders Riutta (ariutta)