Node.js connect_failed / connect_error event


I am playing around with node.js and I am trying to connect to a channel that does not exist in order to trigger the event 'connect_failed' (as specified at ).

However I can't get the event working:

var clientio = require('');
console.log('Trying stuff ...');

// the channel does not exist
var socket = clientio.connect( 'http://localhost:4000/news' );

// I expect this event to be triggered
socket.on('connect_error', function(){
    console.log('Connection Failed');
socket.on('connect', function(){
socket.on('disconnect', function () {
socket.send('hi there');

If I execute will this will happen:

$ node tmp_clientio.js 
Trying stuff ...

Any ideas about how to trigger an error if connecting to a channel that does not exist?

UPDATE: Renamed connect_failed to connect_error

3/29/2016 2:09:22 AM

Accepted Answer

I ran into the same issue. There is a un-documented difference between namespace mode on and off that I also ran into, in the end I had to use the chrome debugger to work it out.

// Bind to the news namespace, also get the underlying socket
var ns_news = clientio.connect( 'http://localhost:4000/news' );
var socket = ns_news.socket

So, you see above that you have to get the actual socket ns_news.socket from your namespace if you want to bind "socket level" events such as connect failed, disconnect, etc

// Global events are bound against socket
socket.on('connect_failed', function(){
    console.log('Connection Failed');
socket.on('connect', function(){
socket.on('disconnect', function () {

// Your events are bound against your namespace(s)
ns_news.on('myevent', function() {
    // Custom event code here

Note that you now use ns_news to send or receive events

ns_news.send('hi there');

Finally, be sure to bind the socket.on('error', ...) event as well - it occurs if the port wasn't available

Full implimentation of 8080 connect with fallback to port 80

I did this in my implementation (try port 8080, if that fails, try port 80 through nginx)

socket_port = 8080;

ns_dash = io.connect("", {
  port: socket_port,
  'connect timeout': 5000,
  'flash policy port': 10843

socket = ns_dash.socket;

try_other_port = function() {
  if (socket_port !== 80) {
    if (typeof console !== "undefined" && console !== null) {
      console.log("Trying other port, instead of port " + socket_port + ", attempting port 80");
    socket_port = 80;
    socket.options.port = socket_port;
    socket.options.transports = ['htmlfile', 'xhr-multipart', 'xhr-polling', 'jsonp-polling'];
    return socket.connect();
  } else {
    return typeof console !== "undefined" && console !== null ? console.log("No other ports to try.") : void 0;
socket.on('connect_failed', function() {
  if (typeof console !== "undefined" && console !== null) {
    console.log("Connect failed (port " + socket_port + ")");
  return try_other_port();
socket.on('error', function() {
  if (typeof console !== "undefined" && console !== null) {
    console.log(" reported a generic error");
  return try_other_port();

I also added an nginx proxy_pass rule, which looks like this

location ~ ^/( {
    proxy_http_version 1.1;
    proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
    proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
    proxy_set_header Connection $connection_upgrade;

The Upgrade and Connection options here (from more recent versions of nginx) are required to upgrade the connection between nginx and to support websockets. That means that your webserver can support websockets on port 80.

Furthermore if your server supports ssl / https, this will proxy wss which is the secure version of websockets.

10/10/2013 4:17:13 AM

they changed the event name. use





Licensed under: CC-BY-SA with attribution
Not affiliated with: Stack Overflow