WebAssembly.Instance() constructor

The WebAssembly.Instance() constructor creates a new Instance object which is a stateful, executable instance of a WebAssembly.Module.

Syntax

Warning: Since instantiation for large modules can be expensive, developers should only use the Instance() constructor when synchronous instantiation is absolutely required; the asynchronous WebAssembly.instantiateStreaming() method should be used at all other times.

new WebAssembly.Instance(module, importObject)

Parameters

module

The WebAssembly.Module object to be instantiated.

importObject Optional

An object containing the values to be imported into the newly-created Instance, such as functions or WebAssembly.Memory objects. There must be one matching property for each declared import of module or else a WebAssembly.LinkError is thrown.

Exceptions

Examples

Synchronously instantiating a WebAssembly module

The WebAssembly.Instance() constructor function can be called to synchronously instantiate a given WebAssembly.Module object, for example:

const importObject = {
  imports: {
    imported_func: function(arg) {
      console.log(arg);
    }
  }
};

fetch('simple.wasm').then(response =>
  response.arrayBuffer()
).then(bytes => {
  let mod = new WebAssembly.Module(bytes);
  let instance = new WebAssembly.Instance(mod, importObject);
  instance.exports.exported_func();
})

However, the preferred way to get an Instance is through the asynchronous WebAssembly.instantiateStreaming() function, for example like this:

const importObject = {
  imports: {
    imported_func: function(arg) {
      console.log(arg);
    }
  }
};

WebAssembly.instantiateStreaming(fetch('simple.wasm'), importObject)
.then(obj => obj.instance.exports.exported_func());

Specifications

Specification
WebAssembly JavaScript Interface: Exception Handling
# dom-instance-instance

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See also