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The pipeThrough() method of the ReadableStream interface provides a chainable way of piping the current stream through a transform stream or any other writable/readable pair.

Piping a stream will generally lock it for the duration of the pipe, preventing other readers from locking it.


ReadableStream readableStreamInstance.pipeThrough(transformStream[, options]);


A TransformStream (or an object with the structure {writable, readable}) consisting of a readable stream and a writable stream working together to transform some data from one form to another. Data writen to the writable stream can be read in some transformed state by the readable stream. For example, a TextDecoder, has bytes written to it and strings read from it, while a video decoder has encoded bytes written to it and uncompressed video frames read from it.
options Optional
The options that should be used when piping to the writable stream. It will be used in a call like pipeTo(writable, options).

Return value

The readable side of the transformStream.


The writable and/or readable property of transformStream are undefined.


In the following example (see Unpack chunks of a PNG for the full code running live, and png-transform-stream for the source code), an image is fetched and its body retrieved as a ReadableStream. Next, we log the contents of the readable stream, use pipeThrough() to send it to a new function that creates a gray-scaled version of the stream, then log the new stream's contents too.

// Fetch the original image
// Retrieve its body as ReadableStream
.then(response => response.body)
.then(rs => logReadableStream('Fetch Response Stream', rs))
// Create a gray-scaled PNG stream out of the original
.then(body => body.pipeThrough(new PNGTransformStream()))
.then(rs => logReadableStream('PNG Chunk Stream', rs))


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'pipeThrough()' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support59 ?571 No46 ?
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support5959 ?57146 ?7.0

1. From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.

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