A lightweight node/browser polling machine

Usage no npm install needed!

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  import pollinator from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/pollinator';


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Pollinator is a super lightweight library for lazy people to poll any function (API gateway anyone?). Supports retries, pausing, cancelling, emits events you can subscribe to. It has a nice a natural API and Works in Node and browsers.

Main features

  • simple API
  • start, pause and stop at any time
  • add event listeners to receive polling results and polling status changes
  • written in TypeScript
  • cancel polling when certain conditions are met based on current or previous results
  • supports sync and async functions
  • configurable delay between polling
  • configurable retry attempts in case of error
  • well tested, no unnecessary calls
  • no bs - does only one thing and gets the job done


For node just do your:

yarn add pollinator
npm install pollinator

For the browsers add the CDN link:

<!-- either use unpkg.com -->
<script src="https://unpkg.com/pollinator@0.3.0/dist/index.umd.min.js"></script>

<!-- or use JSDelivr -->
<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/pollinator@0.3.0/dist/index.umd.min.js"></script>


Here's a minimal example

// es6
import Pollinator from 'pollinator'

function pollingFunction() {
  return fetch('http://some-url.com/endpoint')

// configure your poller
const poller = new Pollinator(pollingFunction)
// remember to start

This will poll pollingFunction indefinitely.

To get the return from the polling function you need subscribe to an event.

poller.on(Pollinator.Event.POLL, handlePoll)

function handlePoll(response, status) {
  // do something with the response and current polling status
  console.log('The response is:', response)
  console.log('Current polling status is:', status)

Say you want to stop polling when a specific response comes back from the polling function.

const poller = new Pollinator(
      conditionFn: stopPollingOnCondition

function stopPollingOnCondition(currentResponse, previousResponse) {
  // return true if you wish to stop polling
  if (currentResponse === 'Half a Bee' && previousResponse === 'Eric')
    return true

  // return false if you don't want to stop and keep on polling
  return false


Pollinator constructor params

Name Type Required Description Default
pollFn function required A function you want to poll. Can be sync or async.
config PollinatorConfig optional Optional configuration. Check details below see PollinatorConfig type below

PollinatorConfig type

Name Type Required Description Default
polFnParams unknown optional Use this option to pass some parameters to the pollFn undefined
conditionFn function optional Use this function to stop polling. The function will be called with two parameters of current and previous response from the pollFn. Must return a boolean where true stops polling.
(current: unkown, previous: unkown) => bool
() => false
delay number optional A value in milliseconds setting the timeout between consequent pollFn calls 5000
failRetryCount number optional A value that indicates the number of attempts to call pollFn after catching an error. Zero means that polling will fail immediately after catching error. Any positive number means that Pollinator will try to poll that many times until it emits the Event.ERROR. 3

Status enum


Event enum

enum Event {
  POLL = 'poll',
  END = 'end',
  ERROR = 'error',
  STATUS_CHANGE = 'statusChange',

Pollinator instance methods and properties

Name Type Params Description
start method Starts polling and changes status to Status.POLLING
stop method Stops polling and changes status to Status.FINISHED
pause method Pauses polling and status changes to Status.IDLE
on method (event: Event, listener: function) => void Registers an event listener for a given Event type.
off method (event: Event, listener: function) => void Removes an event listener for a given Event type.
status property Get current status of your poller. Value is of type Status

Building and contributing

If you want to contribute then please do. PRs are welcome. Before squashing any bug or adding a new feature please create an issue first. Also add a test case(s) before contributing any code.

After cloning the repo do the usual:

npm i

To run tests use this script:

yarn test

To build run:

yarn build

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