SDP Compact

Shorten WebRTC Session Description Protocol (SDP) based on Unified Plan SDP.

SDP Compact

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Shorten WebRTC Session Description Protocol (SDP) based on Unified Plan SDP


A WebRTC SDP can remove some of the attributes to compress/compact and share config on both the offer and answer sides.


  • Shorten WebRTC SDP.
  • Options to fixed parameters for both the offer and answer side.
  • Compress with zlib deflate.
  • Bytes based allow choosing any encoding.

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npm install sdp-compact


>import * as spdCompact from "sdp-compact";

const sessDesc: RTCSessionDescriptionInit = {
  type: "offer",
  sdp: `v=0\r\no=- 4109260023080860376 2 IN IP4\r\ns=-\r\nt=0 0\r\na=extmap-allow-mixed\r\na=msid-semantic: WMS\r\n`,

const options: spdCompact.Options = { compress: true };

// compact the `RTCSessionDescriptionInit`
const compactedSessDesc = spdCompact.compact(sessDesc, options);
const decompactedSessDesc = spdCompact.decompact(compactedSPD, options);

// compact only the SDP string, will return base64 encoded if compress is enabled.
const compactedSPD = spdCompact.compactSDP(sessDesc.sdp, options);
// for decompact need to specify if it's offer or answer because it's not include in SDP
const decompactedSPD = spdCompact.decompactSDP(compactedSPD, true, options);

// compact only the SDP string to bytes
const compactedSPDBytes = spdCompact.compactSDPBytes(sessDesc.sdp, options);
// decompact the compacted SDP bytes to decompacted string
const decompactedSPD = spdCompact.decompactSDPBytes(compactedSPDBytes, true, options);


You can override the default options to suit your application’s requirements, while still keeping the default values for any unspecified properties.

Default Options

>const DefaultOptions: Options = {
  compress: true,
  replaceFieldNames: true,
  sdpVersion: 0,
  sessionName: "-",
  origin: {
    username: "-",
    sessionId: "4109260023080860376",
    netType: "IN",
    addrtype: "IP4",
    unicastAddress: "",
  timing: "0 0",
  extmapAllowMixed: true,
  msidSemantic: "WMS",
  mediaOptions: {
    removeMediaID: true,
    removeSetup: true,
    replaceCandidateString: true,
    replaceMediaString: true,
    forceTrickle: true,
    compressFingerprint: true,

Here is an explanation of each option and its default value:

compress (default: true)

Enables compression using zlib deflate, followed by base64 encoding.

replaceFieldNames (default: true)

Replaces field names using FieldReplaceMap and FieldReplaceMapReverse.

sdpVersion (default: 0)

The fixed SDP version (v=), which is usually 0 for now.

sessionName (default: “-”)

The fixed session name (s=), which is usually “-”.

origin (default: see below)

Fixed origin options (o=). This includes the following properties:

  • username: Fixed username, can be “-” for an undefined user. (default: “-”)
  • sessionId: Fixed session ID, can be the same value on all peers. (default: “4109260023080860376”)
  • netType: Fixed network type, must be “IN” for the internet. (default: “IN”)
  • addrtype: Fixed address type, must be either “IP4” or “IP6”. Usually, it will be “IP4”. (default: “IP4”)
  • unicastAddress: Fixed unicast address, usually “”. (default: “”)

timing (default: “0 0”)

The fixed timing (t=). It can be “0 0” for unbounded.

extmapAllowMixed (default: true)

Allows mixing attributes (a=extmap-allow-mixed), usually allowed by default.

msidSemantic (default: “WMS”)

The fixed msid semantic (a=msid-semantic:). It should be “WMS” for WebRTC Media Stream.

mediaOptions (default: see below)

Customize media options. This includes the following properties:

  • removeMediaID: Remove media ID (a=mid:) and group (a=group:) (a=group:BUNDLE) to use sequence medias instead. (default: true)
  • removeSetup: Remove DTLS role (a=setup:). It will set to actpass for offer and active for answer. (default: true)
  • replaceCandidateString: replaced string in ice candidate (a=candidate:) following CandidateReplaceList. (default: true)
  • replaceMediaString: replace string in media (m=) following MediaReplaceList. (default: true)
  • forceTrickle: force ice-options to trickle (a=ice-options:trickle). (default: true)
  • compressFingerprint: compress fingerprint (a=fingerprint:). (default: true)
  • compressConnection: compress media connection (c=). (default: true)

WebRTC SDP Anatomy

You can read the WebRTC SDP Anatomy Here for how it’s works.

Projects using SDP Compact

  • Zero Share - A client-side secure P2P file sharing using WebRTC.