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Server-sent events

Traditionally, a web page has to send a request to the server to receive new data; that is, the page requests data from the server. With server-sent events, it's possible for a server to send new data to a web page at any time, by pushing messages to the web page. These incoming messages can be treated as Events + data inside the web page.
Server-sent events


The EventSource interface is used to receive server-sent events. It connects to a server over HTTP and receives events in text/event-stream format without closing the connection.
API Interface Reference Server-sent events


The EventSource() constructor returns a newly-created EventSource, which represents a remote ressource.
API Constructor EventSource Reference Server-sent events

Using server-sent events

The server-sent event API is contained in the EventSource interface; to open a connection to the server to begin receiving events from it, create a new EventSource object specifying the URI of a script that generates the events. For example:
Advanced DOM Guide Server-sent events