óCoffeeScript Cookbook

Bi-Directional Server


You want to provide a persistent service over a network, one which maintains an on-going connection with a client.


Create a bi-directional TCP server.

In Node.js

net = require 'net'

domain = 'localhost'
port = 9001

server = net.createServer (socket) ->
	console.log "New connection from #{socket.remoteAddress}"

	socket.on 'data', (data) ->
		console.log "#{socket.remoteAddress} sent: #{data}"
		others = server.connections - 1
		socket.write "You have #{others} #{others == 1 and "peer" or "peers"} on this server"

console.log "Listening to #{domain}:#{port}"
server.listen port, domain

Example Usage

Accessed by the Bi-Directional Client:

$ coffee bi-directional-server.coffee
Listening to localhost:9001
New connection from sent: Ping sent: Ping sent: Ping


The bulk of the work lies in the @socket.on ‘data’@ handler, which processes all of the input from the client. A real server would likely pass the data onto another function to process it and generate any responses so that the original handler.

See also the Bi-Directional Client, Basic Client, and Basic Server recipes.


  • Add support for choosing the target domain and port based on command-line arguments or on a configuration file.