a JavaScript library to provide a program-friendly interface to Web Learning (2018) of Tsinghua University
Last updated 2 months ago by mayeths .
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This is a JavaScript library aimed to provide a program-friendly interface of web Learning of Tsinghua University. Only the newest version (learn2018) is supported.

This project is licensed under MIT License.


The library uses cross-fetch and real-isomorphic-fetch, which provides cookie and redirection support in both browsers and JS engines (like node).

I don't like polyfill. In case of any problems, just upgrade your browser / Node.


yarn add thu-learn-lib

Build from source

Library version (for development or Node)

yarn && yarn run build

You can find the library version in lib/. It can be used in web development or imported with NodeJS (with all dependencies installed). It should not be directly used in browsers.

Bundled version (for browsers or Node)

yarn && yarn run build-dist

You can find the bundled version in dist/. You can install it as an unpacked extension in Chrome and click the t icon in extension bar, then execute anything you want in the Console of Chrome Developer Tool. The helper class is attached as window.Learn2018Helper in this mode. Or you can just import index.js with NodeJS.

Use yarn run watch-dist for watching file changes.


Authentication related (important changes since v1.2.0)

import { Learn2018Helper } from 'thu-learn-lib';

// There are three ways of logging in:

// 1. provide a cookie jar with existing cookies (see `tough-cookie-no-native`)
const helper = new Learn2018Helper({cookieJar: jar});
// 2. provide nothing, but invoking login with username and password
const helper = new Learn2018Helper();
// 3. provide a CredentialProvider function, which can be async
const helper = new Learn2018Helper({provider: () => {return {username: 'xxx', password: 'xxx'};}});

// Note that by using the following two methods you may encounter problems like login time out.
// But if you provide a credential provider, the library will retry logging in when failing, automatically resolving the cookie expiry problem.
// So we strongly recommend using this method.

// If you do not provide a cookie jar or CredentialProvider, you must log in manually. Otherwise you do not need to call login explicitly.
const loginSuccess = await helper.login('user', 'pass');

// You can also take out cookies (e.g. for file download), which will not work in browsers.

// Logout if you want, but the cookie jar will not be cleared.
const logoutSuccess = await helper.logout();

Content related

import { ContentType } from 'thu-learn-lib/lib/types'

// get ids of all semesters that current account has access to
const semesters = await helper.getSemesterIdList();

// get get semester info
const semester = await helper.getCurrentSemester();

// get courses of this semester (learned or assisted)
const courses = await helper.getCourseList(semester.id);
const TAcourses = await helper.getTACourseList(semester.id);
const course = courses[0];

// get detail information about the course
const discussions = await helper.getDiscussionList(course.id);
const notifications = await helper.getNotificationList(course.id);
const files = await helper.getFileList(course.id);
const homework = await helper.getHomeworkList(course.id);
const questions = await helper.getAnsweredQuestionList(course.id);

// get content from bunches of courses
// the return type will be { [id: string]: Content }
// where Content = Notification | File | Homework | Discussion | Question
const homeworks = await helper.getAllContents([1, 2, 3], ContentType.HOMEWORK);

// get course calendar
const calendar = await helper.getCalendar('20191001', '20191201');

According to security strategies (CORS, CORB) of browsers, you might need to run the code in the page context of https://learn.tsinghua.edu.cn and https://id.tsinghua.edu.cn. The simplest way is to run the code as a browser extension (an example is in demo/).


See lib/types.d.ts for type definitions.


Run yarn test for testing. It requires your personal credential since we don't have mocks for these APIs. To do this, you must touch a .env similar to template.env under /test folder.

It's ok if you meet Timeout - Async callback was not invoked within the 5000ms timeout... error when running tests, rerun tests may resolve this problem. If you hate this, just add the third argument timeout to every testcase it("should...", async () => void, timeout) and make sure it's greater than 5000.


  • v1.2.0

    • Support getting course calendars from academic.tsinghua.edu.cn (thanks to robertying)
    • Automatic retry logging in when fetching failed and CredentialProvider is provided (thanks to mayeths)
    • Add unit tests using jest (thanks to mayeths)
    • Filter out null values in getSemesterIdList API
    • Switch to https://learn.tsinghua.edu.cn/ from learn2018 permanently
    • Add extra permission in demo web extension to avoid problems caused be new default same-site policy in Chrome 80
  • v1.1.4

    • Return empty array if any content module is disabled
    • Add getTACourseList to get TA's course list (temporarily can not be used by other functions)
  • v1.1.3

    • Emergency fix of wrongly decoded base64 string, add js-base64 back
  • v1.1.2

    • Switch to Base64.js instead of js-base64, which uses evil eval
  • v1.1.1

    • Decode HTML entities in the title of disscussions (the last one, I promise!)
  • v1.1.0

    • Fix an typo in grade level mapping
    • Bump to a new minor version
  • v1.0.16 (no v1.0.15 due to some publishing issues)

    • Switch to yarn
    • Add parsing of grade levels of homework (A+/A/.../F)
  • v1.0.14

    • Add prefix for attachmentUrl filed of Notification
    • Deprecate all old versions
  • v1.0.13

    • Decode HTML entities whenever possible
  • v1.0.12

    • Add url for Course
    • Fix url for Question (to display correct section name)
  • v1.0.11

    • Fix url error in Question
  • v1.0.10

    • Decode the HTML entities in the description field of homework
  • v1.0.9

    • Use entities to decode HTML entities
  • v1.0.8

    • Export type CourseContent
  • v1.0.7

    • No change made to code, update README
  • v1.0.6

    • Add API to fetching content for a list of courses
  • v1.0.5

    • Fix HTML entity replacement.
  • v1.0.4

    • No change made to code
    • Remove unused build commands
    • Fix multiple typos in README
  • v1.0.3

    • Add real logout API (thank @zhaofeng-shu33)
  • v1.0.2

    • Add API to get IDs of all semesters (thank @jiegec)
  • v1.0.1

    • Expose CookieJar in helper class
    • Fix some HTML entity decoding problems
    • Rename of some APIs (break compatibility before we have actual users)
  • v1.0.0

    • First release
    • Support parsing of notification, homework, file, discussion and answered questions

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