wasm-feature-detect

A small library to detect which features of WebAssembly are supported in your current browser.


License
Apache-2.0
Install
npm install wasm-feature-detect@1.1.2

Documentation

WebAssembly Feature Detection

A small library to detect which features of WebAssembly are supported.

  • Runs in all major browsers
  • Runs in Node
  • Provided as an ES6 module, CommonJS and UMD module.
  • CSP compatible
  • Only ~520B gzipped

Installation

npm install -g wasm-feature-detect

Usage

<script type="module">
  import { simd } from "https://unpkg.com/wasm-feature-detect?module";

  simd().then(simdSupported => {
    if (simdSupported) {
      /* SIMD support */
    } else {
      /* No SIMD support */
    }
  });
</script>

If required, there’s also a UMD version

<script src="https://unpkg.com/wasm-feature-detect/dist/umd/index.js"></script>
<script>
  wasmFeatureDetect.simd().then(/* same as above */);
</script>

Detectors

All detectors return a Promise<bool>.

Function Proposal
bulkMemory() Bulk memory operations
exceptions() Exception handling
multiValue() Multi-value
mutableGlobals() Importable/Exportable mutable globals
referenceTypes() Reference Types
saturatedFloatToInt() Non-trapping float-to-int conversions
signExtensions() Sign-extension operators
simd() Fixed-Width SIMD
tailCall() Tail call
threads() Threads

Why are all the tests async?

The technical reason is that some tests might have to be augmented to be asynchronous in the future. For example, Firefox is planning to make a change that would require a postMessage call to detect SABs, which are required for threads.

The other reason is that you should be using WebAssembly.compile, WebAssembly.instantiate, or their streaming versions WebAssembly.compileStreaming and WebAssembly.instantiateStreaming, which are all asynchronous. You should already be prepared for asynchronous code when using WebAssembly!

Contributing

If you want to contribute a new feature test, all you need to do is create a new folder in src/detectors and it will be automatically picked up. The folder must contain a module.wat file, which will be compiled using wat2wasm.

;; Name: <Name of the feature for the README>
;; Proposal: <Link to the proposal’s explainer/repo>
;; Flags: <CLI flags for `wat2wasm`>

(module
  ;; More WAT code here
)

The folder can also contain an optional index.js file, whose default export must be an async function. This function can do additional testing in JavaScript and must return a boolean. See the “threads” detector as an example.


License Apache-2.0