AmplifyJS API Documentation core/amplify.core.js

amplify core

The AmplifyJS core library provides two methods (amplify.publish and amplify.subscribe). AmplifyJS provides methods to facilitate the Publish and Subscribe messaging pattern in your front-end application. The idea is that someone is broadcasting one or more messages (publishing) and someone else is listening to one or more messages (subscribing). By separating your logic out like this it allows for loose coupling of your components, which results in less brittle and more reusable code.

It is possible to implement the publish and subscribe model by using jQuery custom events, however, the AmplifyJS pub/sub component provides a slightly cleaner interface, prevents collisions between custom events and method names, and allows a priority to your messages.


amplify.subscribe( string topic, function callback )
amplify.subscribe( string topic, object context, function callback )
amplify.subscribe( string topic, function callback, number priority )
    string topic, object context, function callback, number priority )

Subscribe to a message.

  • topic: Name of the message to subscribe to.
  • [context]: What this will be when the callback is invoked.
  • callback: Function to invoke when the message is published.
  • [priority]: Priority relative to other subscriptions for the same message. Lower values have higher priority. Default is 10.

Returning false from a subscription will prevent any additional subscriptions from being invoked and will cause amplify.publish to return false.

amplify.unsubscribe( string topic, function callback )

Remove a subscription.

  • topic: The topic being unsubscribed from.
  • callback: The callback that was originally subscribed.
amplify.publish( string topic, ... )

Publish a message.

  • topic: The name of the message to publish.
  • Any additional parameters will be passed to the subscriptions.

amplify.publish returns a boolean indicating whether any subscriptions returned false. The return value is true if none of the subscriptions returned false, and false otherwise. Note that only one subscription can return false because doing so will prevent additional subscriptions from being invoked.


Subscribe and publish with no data

Subscribing to a topic with no data allows a generic message to be published on the bus for any event (user or code related) that needs communicated but no data is needed along with the event.

amplify.subscribe( "nodataexample", function() {
    alert( "nodataexample topic published!" );


amplify.publish( "nodataexample" );

Subscribe and publish with data

The majority usage of a pub/sub system includes passing data from the publisher to any subscriptions listening to the topic.

amplify.subscribe( "dataexample", function( data ) {
    alert( ); // bar


amplify.publish( "dataexample", { foo: "bar" } );

You can choose to pass multiple parameters to any subscriber as well.

amplify.subscribe( "dataexample2", function( param1, param2 ) {
    alert( param1 + param2 ); // barbaz


amplify.publish( "dataexample2", "bar", "baz" );

Subscribe and publish with context and data

Often there is a need to operate within a context for a subscription callback. It can be a reasonable strategy to have the context be set to a jQuery object that will be used inside of the subscription, or even a native DOM element.

Note: the following example assumes jQuery is already loaded on the page, and assumes at least one paragraph exists within the body of the page.

amplify.subscribe( "datacontextexample", $( "p:first" ), function( data ) {
    this.text( data.exampleText ); // first p element would have "foo bar baz" as text


amplify.publish( "datacontextexample", { exampleText: "foo bar baz" } );

Subscribe to a topic with high priority

Subscribing to a topic with high priority can be useful as an error handler or anytime data may need to be checked or augmented before proceeding.

amplify.subscribe( "priorityexample", function( data ) {
    alert( );

amplify.subscribe( "priorityexample", function( data ) {
    if ( === "oops" ) {
        return false;
}, 1 );


amplify.publish( "priorityexample", { foo: "bar" } );
amplify.publish( "priorityexample", { foo: "oops" } );