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GSF JavaScript Client SDK

About the SDK

The GSF JavaScript Client SDK provides a client-side JavaScript library for interacting with GSF. The SDK works in both the browser and Node.js.

  1. This repository contains pre-built distributable files located in the /dist/ directory.
    • /dist/GSF-node.js - The Node.js bundle.
    • /dist/ - The Node.js bundle source map.
    • /dist/GSF.js - The non-minified web bundle.
    • /dist/ - The non-minified web bundle source map file.
    • /dist/GSF.min.js - The minified web bundle.
    • /dist/ - The minified web bundle source map file.

Basic Usage

Importing the SDK

Using ECMAScript 2015

Using Node.js

Including the SDK with a Script Tag

  1. Include the GSF JavaScript Client SDK in your project. The example below assumes the SDK file is located next to your html file.

    <script src="GSF.min.js"></script>

  2. Access the SDK using the global GSF object.


  3. Below is a simple example of running a job and retrieving the results. You will need to update the server address and port below to reflect the server that you are using.

const myAddress = 'MyServer';
const myPort = 9191;

// GSF Client
const client = GSF.client({
    address: myAddress,
    port: myPort

// Create a service object.
const service = client.service('ENVI');

// Create a task object.
const task = service.task('SpectralIndex');

const NDVIParameters = {
  inputParameters: {
      FACTORY: 'URLRaster',
      URL: `http://${myAddress}:${myPort}/ese/data/qb_boulder_msi`
    INDEX: 'Normalized Difference Vegetation Index'

// Submit a job.
task.submitAndWait(NDVIParameters).then((results) => {
    // Do something with results.
  }).catch((err) => {
    // Display error.


Server Sent Events

The GSF JavaScript Client SDK relies on server-sent events for communication with the server. Developers who wish to build apps that run on browsers lacking EventSource support will want to use a polyfill. This is not necessary when using the SDK in Node.js.

To view a list of the browsers that support EventSource please go here:

There are several polyfills available that provide implementations of the EventSource API. One such polyfill that is available from the npm and Bower package managers is called 'eventsource-polyfill'. For information on installation and usage, see

Building the SDK

  1. Clone the repository.

    $ git clone

  2. From the root directory of the project install the dependencies.

    $ npm install

  3. Run the build script.

    $ npm run build

Testing the SDK

Using a Test Server

We have provided a simple mock server implementation that can be used for very basic testing of the SDK. There are several other test scripts available. See the scripts section of the package.json file for more information.

Run tests in the browser against mock server.

$ npm run test

Run tests in Node.js against mock server.

$ npm run test-node

Building the Documentation

  1. Build the documentation.

    $ npm run help

  2. View the generated help files located in the /help directory (on Windows).

    $ start help/index.html