JavaScript library operating system for the cloud


runtime.js is an open-source library operating system (unikernel) for the cloud that runs JavaScript, can be bundled up with an application and deployed as a lightweight and immutable VM image.

It's built on V8 JavaScript engine and uses event-driven and non-blocking I/O model inspired by Node.js. At the moment KVM is the only supported hypervisor.

It tries to be compatible with npm module ecosystem and supports some of the Node.js API.

WARNING: project is in development and not ready for production use.


Install command line tool runtime-cli, it will add runtime command to the shell:

npm install runtime-cli -g

Make sure QEMU is installed, it enables running applications locally:

brew install qemu           # OSX
sudo apt-get install qemu   # Ubuntu

Setup simple project using npm:

mkdir project
cd project
npm init
npm install runtimejs --save
echo "console.log('ok')" > index.js

Run project locally in QEMU:

runtime start

That's it, QEMU should load and print ok to console.

How does it work?

There are two main components: operating system kernel and a JavaScript library.

The kernel is written in C++ and manages low-level resources like CPU and memory, runs JavaScript using embedded V8 engine. Library drives the entire system and manages hardware devices (usually virtualized by hypervisor).

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