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Migrating your existing bundle to nodecg-io

This guide explains to you how to migrate an existing NodeCG bundle that already meets your requirements to use nodecg-io. nodecg-io manages service configuration and authentication, so your bundle doesn't have to bother with it.

If you are lucky and used the same library as we do for the service you want to migrate, nodecg-io is a drop-in replacement just doing authentication and configuration. If you have used another library, you'll have to do a little more work to migrate to the library that our service uses. In that case make sure that the migration is worth the effort. You can use nodecg-io for one service and use your own library of choice for other services if you like to.

Install nodecg-io-core

The first thing you need to do is to install nodecg-io-core. You can do this simply using this npm command:

npm install nodecg-io-core

Add the service bundle as a bundle dependency

To ensure that NodeCG loads the service bundle you need before your bundle you need to add it as a bundleDependency to your bundle. To do that for e.g. the twitch-chat service you add it to your bundles package.json file like this:

    "nodecg": {
        "compatibleRange": "^1.4.0",
        "bundleDependencies": {
            "nodecg-io-twitch-chat": "^0.2.0"

Change the bundle name and version accordingly. You need to specify each service your bundle needs here as a bundle dependency. Just don't forget to add a comma as a separator between the multiple bundles.

Import requireService

Now that you have nodecg-io-core installed in your bundle you can import the requireService function that it exposes:

import { requireService } from "nodecg-io-core";
const requireService = require("nodecg-io-core").requireService;

Import Service type (TypeScript only)

If you're using TypeScript, you'll also need to install the package of the service that you want to use. You need it to be able to import its type for type safety.

This example uses twitch-chat as an example, but you can just replace it with the name of the service you need.

npm install nodecg-io-twitch-chat
import { TwitchChatServiceClient } from "nodecg-io-twitch-chat";


You can get the name of the type by using autocomplete in your editor or by looking it up in the service sample.

Require the service

Now you can finally tell nodecg-io that you want to get access to a service using the requireService function. You'll have to pass your NodeCG instance which is used to identify your bundle and the name of the service you want. In case of TypeScript you'll also need to provide the type of the service.

const twitchChat = requireService<TwitchChatServiceClient>(nodecg, "twitch-chat");
const twitchChat = requireService(nodecg, "twitch-chat");

Accessing the service client

Using onAvailable and onUnavailable handlers

You can set up handlers that are executed when the user assigns a service instance to your bundle, removes the assignment or when the service client got updated in some way.

Handlers added with onAvailable will get called if there was a change, and you got a client:

// This is the variable with the return value of requireService().
// You may want to change the variable name for the service you are using.
twitchChat.onAvailable((client) => {"Client was set");
    // You can use the passed client in here to e.g. setup handlers on the client

onAvailable is especially useful to add event handlers to clients. E.g., if you want to react to donations or chat messages you can add event handlers for these here.

Handlers added with onUnavailable will get called if the user unassigned your bundle from service instance or if there was an error in service client creation:

twitchChat.onUnavailable(() => {"Client was unset");

Using getClient

Instead of callbacks you can also get access to the client directly:

const twitchChatClient = twitchChat.getClient();

getClient will return the client if your bundle has an assigned service instance that has produced a service client without error and will return undefined otherwise. This is useful for when you want to use the client due to some external event or from onAvailable handlers of other services.