SharedWorker RxStorage

The SharedWorker RxStorage uses the SharedWorker API to run the storage inside of a separate JavaScript process in browsers. Compared to a normal WebWorker, the SharedWorker is created exactly once, even when there are multiple browser tabs opened. Because of having exactly one worker, multiple performance optimizations can be done because the storage itself does not have to handle multiple opened database connections.

NOTICE: This plugin is part of RxDB premium. It is not part of the default RxDB module.

Usage

On the SharedWorker process

In the worker process JavaScript file, you have wrap the original RxStorage with getRxStorageIndexedDB().

// shared-worker.ts

import { exposeSharedWorkerRxStorage } from 'rxdb-premium/plugins/worker';
import { 
    getRxStorageIndexedDB,
    RxStorageIndexedDBStatics
} from 'rxdb-premium/plugins/indexeddb';

exposeSharedWorkerRxStorage({
    /**
     * You can wrap any implementation of the RxStorage interface
     * into a worker.
     * Here we use the IndexedDB RxStorage.
     */
    storage: getRxStorageIndexedDB()
});

On the main process

import {
    createRxDatabase
} from 'rxdb';
import { getRxStorageSharedWorker } from 'rxdb-premium/plugins/worker';
import { getRxStorageIndexedDB } from 'rxdb/plugins/indexeddb';


const database = await createRxDatabase({
    name: 'mydatabase',
    storage: getRxStorageSharedWorker(
        {
            /**
             * The static methods of the RxStorage that is also
             * used inside of the SharedWorker process.
             */
            statics: RxStorageIndexedDBStatics,
            /**
             * Contains any value that can be used as parameter
             * to the SharedWorker constructor of thread.js
             * Most likely you want to put the path to the shared-worker.js file in here.
             * 
             * @link https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/SharedWorker?retiredLocale=de
             */
            workerInput: 'path/to/shared-worker.js'
        }
    )
});

Pre-build workers

The shared-worker.js must be a self containing JavaScript file that contains all dependencies in a bundle. To make it easier for you, RxDB ships with pre-bundles worker files that are ready to use. You can find them in the folder node_modules/rxdb-premium/dist/workers after you have installed the RxDB Premium Plugin. From there you can copy them to a location where it can be served from the webserver and then use their path to create the RxDatabase

import {
    createRxDatabase
} from 'rxdb';
import { getRxStorageSharedWorker } from 'rxdb-premium/plugins/worker';
import { RxStorageLokiStatics } from 'rxdb/plugins/lokijs';
const database = await createRxDatabase({
    name: 'mydatabase',
    storage: getRxStorageSharedWorker(
        {
            statics: RxStorageLokiStatics,
            /**
             * Path to where the copied file from node_modules/rxdb-premium/dist/workers
             * is reachable from the webserver.
             */
            workerInput: '/indexeddb.shared-worker.js'
        }
    )
});

Replication with SharedWorker

When a SharedWorker RxStorage is used, it is recommended to run the replication inside of the worker. You can do that by opening another RxDatabase inside of it and starting the replication there.

// shared-worker.ts

import { exposeSharedWorkerRxStorage } from 'rxdb-premium/plugins/worker';
import { 
    getRxStorageIndexedDB,
    RxStorageIndexedDBStatics
} from 'rxdb-premium/plugins/indexeddb';
import {
    createRxDatabase,
    addRxPlugin
} from 'rxdb';
import {
    RxDBReplicationGraphQLPlugin
} from 'rxdb/plugins/replication-graphql';
addRxPlugin(RxDBReplicationGraphQLPlugin);

const baseStorage = getRxStorageIndexedDB();

// first expose the RxStorage to the outside
exposeSharedWorkerRxStorage({
    storage: baseStorage
});

/**
 * Then create a normal RxDatabase and RxCollections
 * and start the replication.
 */
const database = await createRxDatabase({
    name: 'mydatabase',
    /**
     * Important: INSIDE of your SharedWorker, you can
     * be sure that there is exactly one instance running.
     * Therefore you MUST set multiInstance=false for better performance.
     */
    multiInstance: false,
    storage: baseStorage
});
await db.addCollections({
    humans: {/* ... */}
});
const replicationState = db.humans.syncGraphQL({/* ... */});

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