node-addon-api-helper provides a more convenient way to write Node.js C++ addons.


npm install node-addon-api node-addon-api-helper

Add following content to your GYP file.

  'include_dirs': [
    "<!(node -p \"require('node-addon-api').include_dir\")",
    "<!(node -p \"require('node-addon-api-helper').include_dir\")",

node-addon-api-helper heavily depends on C++17, if you haven’t configured your project on C++17, have a look at common.gypi as an example.



Write function in pure C++ and export it as JavaScript function with NapiHelper::Function::New.

node-addon-api-helper will take care of value transformation between C++ and JavaScript (see ValueTransformer for details).

If any type mismatch occurs, a TypeError will be thrown automatically.

Example :

#include <napi_helper.h>

namespace {

std::string Method(std::string str) { return str + " world"; }

void VoidMethod(Napi::Object obj) {
  obj.Set("key", Napi::String::New(obj.Env(), "value"));

Napi::Object Init(Napi::Env env, Napi::Object exports) {
  exports.Set("HelloWorld", NapiHelper::Function::New<Method>(env));
  exports.Set("ObjectMethod", NapiHelper::Function::New<VoidMethod>(env));
  return exports;

NODE_API_MODULE(binding, Init)
}  // namespace

In JavaScript land :

console.log(binding.HelloWorld("hello")); // 'hello world'
console.log(binding.HelloWorld(42)); // throws TypeError
const obj = {};
console.log(obj); // { key: 'value' }
binding.ObjectMethod("hello"); // throws TypeError

Optional Arguments

To define an optional argument, use std::optional :

uint32_t plusOne(std::optional<uint32_t> opt_num) {
  return opt_num.value_or(42) + 1;

Union Types

To define a union type, use std::variant :

uint32_t plusOneOrStrLen(std::variant<uint32_t, std::string> num_or_str) {
  if (auto *num = std::get_if<uint32_t>(&num_or_str)) {
    return *num + 1;
  if (auto *str = std::get_if<std::string>(&num_or_str)) {
    return str->size();
  return 0;


Use the non-template overload to create function with lambda :

exports["lambdaWithCapture"] = NapiHelper::Function::New(
    env, [num = std::make_unique<uint32_t>(233)](int32_t num1) -> uint32_t {
      return num1 + *num;

Inject CallbackInfo

In some cases, you may want to access JavaScript land in native functions.

For this scenario, declare the first argument type as const Napi::CallbackInfo&, node-addon-api-helper will automatically inject it.

uint32_t addArgsLength(const Napi::CallbackInfo& info, uint32_t num) {
  return num + info.Length();


ScriptWrappable is a replacement of Napi::ObjectWrap which provides a way to bind native class to JavaScript object.

class TestObject {
  using Wrapped = NapiHelper::ScriptWrappable<TestObject>;

  TestObject(uint32_t num) : _num(num) {}

  void Add(uint32_t add) { _num += add; }
  void set_num(uint32_t num) { _num = num; }
  uint32_t num() { return _num; }

  static void AddStatic(uint32_t c) { _count += c; }
  static uint32_t count() { return _count; }
  static void set_count(uint32_t n) { _count = n; }

  static Napi::Function DefineClass(Napi::Env env) {
    return Wrapped::DefineClass<uint32_t>(
        env, "TestObject",
         Wrapped::StaticAccessor<TestObject::count, TestObject::set_count>(

         Wrapped::InstanceAccessor<&TestObject::num, &TestObject::set_num>(

  static uint32_t _count;
  uint32_t _num;

uint32_t TestObject::_count = 0;

Since it’s impossible to get the address of constructor function in C++, you should specify constructor signature explicitly like DefineClass<CtorArg0, CtorArg1, ...>.

ScriptWrappable as Argument

ScriptWrappable object can also be function arguments or return value. This feature is supported for NAPI_VERSION >= 8.

class AnotherTestObject {
  using Wrapped = NapiHelper::ScriptWrappable<AnotherTestObject>;

  TestObject::Wrapped* AddTest(TestObject::Wrapped* obj, uint32_t num) {
    return obj;

  static Napi::Function DefineClass(Napi::Env env) {
    return Wrapped::DefineClass(env, "AnotherTestObject",


ValueTransformer is the template class to convert native types from and into JavaScript.

std::optional<uint32_t> opt_num = NapiHelper::ValueTransformer<uint32_t>::FromJS(value);
Napi::Value str = NapiHelper::ValueTransformer<std::string>::ToJS(env, "hello");

// There is also a helper struct `Convert`
Napi::Value num = NapiHelper::Convert::ToJS(env, 42);
  • All T which has a template specification of ValueTransformer<T>::FromJS could be treated as function arguments.

  • All T which has a template specification of ValueTransformer<T>::ToJS could be treated as function return value.

Supported types

C++ JavaScript
NapiHelper::Undefined undefined
NapiHelper::Null null
bool boolean
[u]int[8,16,32]_t number
[u]int64_t BigInt
float, double number
std::string, std::u16string string
const char*, std::string_view, std::u16string_view string
std::vector<T> T[]
std::variant<T1, T2, …> T1 | T2 | …
std::optional<T> T | undefined
std::tuple<T1, T2, …> [T1, T2, …]
Napi::{Object, Array, Function, TypedArray, etc.} Object, Array, Function, TypedArray, etc.
NapiHelper::ScriptWrappable<T>* exported T binding class

Note that const char*, std::string_view and std::u16string_view can only be function return type.

Custom Type

To support a custom type as function arguments and return value, just add a template specification of ValueTransformer<T> :

namespace {
struct CustomStruct {
  std::string str;
  std::optional<uint32_t> num;

CustomStruct CustomMethod(CustomStruct input) {
  return CustomStruct{
      input.str + " world",
      input.num.has_value() ? std::optional<uint32_t>(*input.num + 1)
                            : std::optional<uint32_t>({}),
}  // namespace

namespace NapiHelper {
template <>
struct ValueTransformer<CustomStruct> {
  static std::optional<CustomStruct> FromJS(Napi::Value v) {
    if (!v.IsObject()) {
      return {};
    Napi::Object obj = v.As<Napi::Object>();
    auto str = ValueTransformer<std::string>::FromJS(obj.Get("str"));
    if (!str) {
      return {};
    auto num = ValueTransformer<uint32_t>::FromJS(obj.Get("num"));
    return CustomStruct{std::move(*str), num};
  static Napi::Value ToJS(Napi::Env env, const CustomStruct &v) {
    Napi::Object obj = Napi::Object::New(env);
    if (v.num) {
      obj.Set("num", ValueTransformer<uint32_t>::ToJS(env, *v.num));
    obj.Set("str", ValueTransformer<std::string>::ToJS(env, v.str));
    return obj;
}  // namespace NapiHelper

Error Handling

With C++ Exception

When C++ exception is enabled, throw NapiHelper::{Error, RangeError, TypeError} directly in your C++ code.

uint32_t TestNum(uint32_t num) {
  if (num < 10) {
    throw NapiHelper::RangeError("num too small");
  return num - 10;

Without C++ Exception

When C++ exception is disabled, use Napi::{Error, RangeError, TypeError} combined with std::optional.

std::optional<uint32_t> TestNum(const Napi::CallbackInfo &info, uint32_t num) {
  if (num < 10) {
    Napi::RangeError::New(info.Env(), "num too small").ThrowAsJavaScriptException();
    return {};
  return num - 10;



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