Implement plugin-in architecture with JavaScript/Node.js


Below is a simple node.js using express

var express = require('express');
var app = express();

app.get('/', function(req, res){
  res.send('Hello World');


I want to implement a plugin-in architecture, such as by default there is a folder called plugins, and they register by themselve when the node.js startup, I don't need to modify the main server.js

an example a foo plugin, e.g.

PluginManager.register("init, function(app) {
    app.get('/foo', function(req, res){
        res.send('Hello from foo plugin');

Then in my server.js, I would have something like

// TODO: Scan all scripts under the folder `plugins`
// TODO: Execute all the `init` hook before the app.listen

My problem is my plugin codes are all asynchronous , there is no way to block before the app.listen(), do you have any idea for a better plugin-in architecture implementation?


8/10/2012 5:04:33 AM

Accepted Answer

Seems like whatever is loading the plugins would raise a callback like anything else.

PluginManager.loadPlugins(function() { app.listen(3000); });

This way the app wouldn't start listening until the plugins are all loaded.

8/10/2012 5:13:25 AM

You should block. It will only impact the "start time" of the application, not the "run time".

  • Use fs.readdirSync to get all files in the plugins directory
  • Write them as modules and require() them all (require is synchronous)
  • Plug them into your Server

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