Provides an API for creating javascript sandboxes and for executing scripts in them.

Create a sandbox

For the starting point you need to create a sandbox:

const { sandbox, evaluate, load } = require("api-utils/sandbox");
let scope = sandbox('');

Argument passed to the sandbox defines it's privileges. Argument may be an URL string, in which case sandbox will get exact same privileges as a scripts loaded from that URL. Argument also could be a DOM window object, to inherit privileges from the window being passed. Finally if argument is omitted or is null sandbox will have a chrome privileges giving it access to all the XPCOM components. Optionally sandbox function can be passed a second optional argument (See sandbox documentation on MDN for details).

Evaluate code

Module provides evaluate function that allows executing code in the given sandbox:

evaluate(scope, 'var a = 5;');
evaluate(scope, 'a + 2;');      //=> 7

More details about evaluated script may be passed via optional arguments that may improve an exception reporting:

// Evaluate code as if it was loaded from '' and
// start from 2nd line.
evaluate(scope, 'a ++', '', 2);

Version of JavaScript can be also specified via optional argument:

evaluate(scope, 'let b = 2;', 'bar.js', 1, '1.5');
// throws cause `let` is not defined in JS 1.5.

Loading scripts

API provides limited API for loading scripts right form the local URLs, but data: URLs are supported.

load(scope, 'resource://path/to/my/script.js');
load(scope, 'file:///path/to/script.js');
load(scope, 'data:,var a = 5;');