node.js library to connect with java applications through JMX.

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node.js bridge library to communicate with java applications through JMX.

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Before the installation, you must set your JAVA_HOME environment variable to point to the java JRE installation directory. For example:

$ export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/default-java
$ npm install jmx

Usage examples

var jmx = require("jmx");

client = jmx.createClient({
  host: "localhost", // optional
  port: 3000

client.on("connect", function() {

  client.getAttribute("java.lang:type=Memory", "HeapMemoryUsage", function(data) {
    var used = data.getSync('used');
    console.log("HeapMemoryUsage used: " + used.longValue);
    // console.log(data.toString());

  client.setAttribute("java.lang:type=Memory", "Verbose", true, function() {
    console.log("Memory verbose on"); // callback is optional

  client.invoke("java.lang:type=Memory", "gc", [], function(data) {
    console.log("gc() done");

client = jmx.createClient({
  service: "service:jmx:rmi:///jndi/rmi://localhost:3000/jmxrmi"

You can check the node-java documentation to learn how to work with java objects in node.js.



Returns a Client object.


options is a hash table with the following values:

  • service - The full service URL string, with host, port, protocol and urlPath included. For example "service:jmx:rmi:///jndi/rmi://localhost:3000/jmxrmi".
  • host - Hostname to connect to (defaults to "localhost").
  • port - JMX port number to connect to.
  • protocol - Protocol to use (defaults to "rmi").
  • urlPath - JMX URL Path (defaults to "/jndi/{protocol}://{host}:{port}/jmx{protocol}").
  • username - JMX authentication username.
  • password - JMX authentication password.


Connects to the JMX server. Emits connect event when done.


Disconnects from the JMX server. Emits disconnect event when done.

Client.getAttribute(mbean, attribute, callback)

Returns an attribute from a MBean.

  • mbean - MBean query address as string. For example "java.lang:type=Memory".
  • attribute - Attribute name as string.
  • callback(attrValue)


Returns the default domain as string.

  • callback(domainName)


Returns an array of domain names.

  • callback(domainsArray)


Returns total the number of MBeans.

  • callback(mbeanCount)

Client.invoke(mbean, methodName, params, [signature,] [callback])

Invokes a MBean operation.

  • mbean - The MBean query address as string. For example "java.lang:type=Memory".
  • methodName - The method name as string.
  • params - The parameters to pass to the operation as array. For example [ 1, 5, "param3" ].
  • signature (optional) - An array with the signature of the params. Sometimes may be necessary to use this if class names are not correctly detected (gives a NoSuchMethodException). For example [ "int", "java.lang.Integer", "java.lang.String" ].
  • callback(returnedValue)


Lists server MBeans. Callback returns an array of strings containing MBean names.

Client.on(event, callback)

Adds a listener for the especified event.


  • connect
  • disconnect
  • error - Passes the error as first parameter to the callback function.

Client.setAttribute(mbean, attribute, value, [className,] [callback])

Changes an attribute value of the MBean.

  • mbean - The MBean query address as string. For example "java.lang:type=Memory".
  • attribute - The attribute name as string.
  • value - The attribute value.
  • className (optional) - The attribute java className. Sometimes may be necessary to use this if value type is not correctly detected (gives a InvalidAttributeValueException). For example `"java.lang.Long".
  • callback() (optional)

Error handling

Errors are not printed to the console by default. You can catch them with something like the following:

client.on("error", function(err) {
  // ...


$ make test

You will need to set the JAVA_HOME environment variable if the java binary is not in your PATH.


$ make test-cov

The HTML output file will be at ./coverage.html.


You can enable debugging and error printing to console using NODE_DEBUG environment variable:

$ NODE_DEBUG="jmx" node [...]



  • Travis hostname errors fixed.
  • Removed node 0.6 support: not supported by the last node-java version.
  • Homepage changed to GitHub Pages.


  • Added #listMBeans method.


  • More tests added.
  • Travis and Coveralls integration.
  • JavaJmx#setAttribute className parameter bug fixed.
  • JavaJmx#invoke and javaJmx#setAttribute function parameters management improved.


  • The first published version.

License and Author

Author: Xabier de Zuazo (
Copyright: Copyright (c) 2013 Onddo Labs, SL. (
License: Apache License, Version 2.0

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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