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NB: Git repo of truth is https://gitlab.com/northscaler-public/continuation-local-storage; all others are mirrors.


This module provides a means to store information along the entirety of a single Node.js asynchronous call chain, or "continuation". It is equivalent to a Vert.x Context, and similar to ThreadLocal from Java, .NET, and other, similar platforms.

Contexts allow you to place information in a continuation-local storage space so that it's available all the way up & down an asynchronous call stack so that you can set & get that information as necessary.


There three flavors to choose from, based on either

Use whichever one you want to; the Context API is the same:

  • Run code in a context: Context().run(() => { /* your code here */ }, { your: 'context', values: 'here' })
  • Set a value in a context: Context().set('name', 'value')
  • Get a value from a context: Context().get('name')

Using more than one implementation should work, but is not officially supported. Try to stick with just one provider in your app.

IMPORTANT: In order to minimize transitive dependencies in your application, this module does not require cls-hooked or zone.js itself. The consuming codebase must install the library (or libraries) that it needs.


If you are using ZoneJsContext:

  • You must npm install zone.js yourself.
  • You must require('zone.js/dist/zone-node') at the right time for your application.

See zone.js's documentation for more information.


If you are using ClsHookedContext:

  • You must npm install cls-hooked yourself.


If you are using AsyncLocalStorage:

  • Your Node.js version must be >=12.17.0.
  • If you're using setTimeout, Promise.resolve or Promise.reject within your run call, you must ensure that the autodispose option is set to false (the default) in order to make the values available in those places.

See this project's package.json devDependencies section for the versions of cls-hooked and zone.js was built against and try to install compatible ones.


The basic API of these Contexts is straightforward. Once you get the Context (via require or import), these are the methods you'll use:

Factory method


Retrieves a context with the given key as a string (Symbolic names are a todo).

Instance methods

run(fn, values, opts):

Runs a given function within the Context, making any values, an Object, available. opts currently includes only autodispose and is true by default.

set(key, value)

Sets the given value at the given key.


Gets the value at the given key.


It's not a bad idea to dispose of the Context when you know you're done with it, but it's not strictly required. The run method defaults to manual disposal, but if you observe memory leaks, this would be the first thing to check.


const { ClsHookedContext: Context } = require('@northscaler/continuation-local-storage') // prerequisite:  npm install --save cls-hooked
// or: const { ZoneJsContext: Context } = require('@northscaler/continuation-local-storage') // prerequisite:  npm install --save zone.js
// or: const { AsyncLocalStorageContext: Context } = require('@northscaler/continuation-local-storage') // prerequisite:  Node.js >= 12.17.0

// this is the function that will be run in inside the Context
() => { // uses the default context; pass a string name for a custom context
  // Do whatever you want here.
  // Context values are accessible anywhere in the sync or async call stack:
  const foo = Context().get('foo') // returns 'bar'
  // You can set & get values with:
  Context().set('baz', 'snafu')
  const baz = Context().get('baz') // returns 'snafu'
// these are your contextual values available in the async call stack
  foo: 'bar' // puts the value 'bar' into the context at key 'foo'

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