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Hank Chiu
Hank Chiu

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A simple technique to promisify Chrome extension API

Update:
Now you can use toPromise from crx-esm!


One of my pain when developing a Chrome extension is looking at the callback-based APIs. There are some polyfill promisified all the APIs. (e.g. webextension-polyfill)

If you just want some light-weight solution, here you are.

The simple trick is to take advantage of the truth that the callback function is always the last argument, and you can create a simple helper function to promisify the chrome API:

function toPromise(api) {
  return (...args) => {
    return new Promise((resolve) => {
      api(...args, resolve);
    });
  };
}
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and use it like:

toPromise(chrome.tabs.query)({}).then(...);
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This just works for me most of the time.

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Ivan Jeremic

I would like to have a crossbrowser solution how would this look in Firefox?

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Hank Chiu Author

Do you mean for Firefox extension?

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Ivan Jeremic

The Extension API yes, simple develop once run in every browser.

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Hank Chiu Author

From MDN, it says "Firefox also implements these APIs under the chrome namespace using callbacks".

So, I guess the code toPromise(chrome.tabs.query)({}).then(...); should work on Firefox as well.(hopefully)

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