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Cache NPM implements wrapper over multiple caching engines - Memcached, Redis and In-memory (use with single threaded process in development mode only). The decision of which caching engine to use is governed while creating the Cache NPM object.

Why Cache?

Core packages of different caching systems do not have a common interface, i.e. they have the same functionality implemented with different method signatures. Thus changing from one cache system to another becomes difficult as all the usages need to be revisited. This NPM package solves the problem by providing common wrapper methods for memcached, redis and in-memory caching systems.


Required caching engine for the use case must be installed and up. Refer memcached and redis installation guide.


npm install @plgworks/cache --save


const Cache = require('@plgworks/cache');

const configStrategy = {}; // Refer the next section for detailed documentation on configStrategy
const cache = Cache.getInstance(configStrategy);

const cacheImplementer = cache.cacheInstance;

Note: To print detailed logs, add CACHE_DEBUG_ENABLED = '1' in your env variables.

Config Strategy

configStrategy is a mandatory parameter which specifies the configuration strategy to be used for a particular cache engine.

An example of the configStrategy is:

const configStrategy = {
  cache: {
    engine: "none/redis/memcached",
    host: "",
    port: "",
    password: "",
    enableTsl: "",
    defaultTtl: 10000,
    consistentBehavior: "",
    namespace: ""
  • engine: redis, memcached are different types of caching engine. For in-memory cache engine parameter will be none.
  • host: Host of the redis caching engine.
  • port: Port on which redis caching engine is running.
  • password: Redis caching engine password.
  • enableTsl: This field is used to enable tsl.
  • defaultTtl: Default cache expiry time in sec.
  • consistentBehavior: This field is required to create cache instance key.
  • servers: servers is an array of memcached servers.
  • namespace: It is in-memory cache namespace.

Redis Example

Following is an example of redis engine config strategy to be used in initializing Cache.

const configStrategy = {
  cache: {
    engine: "redis",
    host: "localhost",
    port: "6830",
    password: "dsdsdsd",
    enableTsl: "0",
    defaultTtl: 36000,
    consistentBehavior: "1"

Memcache Example

Following is an example of memcache engine config strategy to be used in initializing Cache.

const configStrategy = {
  cache: {
    engine: "memcached",
    servers: [""],
    defaultTtl: 36000,
    consistentBehavior: "1"

In-memory Example

Following is an example of in-memory engine config strategy to be used in initializing Cache.

const configStrategy = {
  cache: {
    engine: "none",
    namespace: "A",
    defaultTtl: "36000",
    consistentBehavior: "1"

cacheImplementer methods

Irrespective of the caching engine, the methods exposed in cacheImplementer have the consistent signature.

Store and retrieve data in cache using set and get:

const resolvePromise = function(cacheResponse){
                           if (cacheResponse.isSuccess()) {
                           } else {

cacheImplementer.set('testKey', 'testValue', 5000).then(resolvePromise);


Manage objects in cache using setObject and getObject:

cacheImplementer.setObject('testObjKey', {dataK1: 'a', dataK2: 'b'}).then(resolvePromise);

Retrieve multiple cache data using multiGet:

NOTE: Redis returns null from multiGet for objects, even if a value is set in the cache. The other caching implementers match this behaviour.

cacheImplementer.set('testKeyOne', 'One').then(console.log);
cacheImplementer.set('testKeyTwo', 'Two').then(console.log);
cacheImplementer.multiGet(['testKeyOne', 'testKeyTwo']).then(resolvePromise);

Delete cache using del:

cacheImplementer.set('testKey', 'testValue').then(console.log);

Manage counters in cache using increment and decrement:

cacheImplementer.set('testCounterKey', 1).then(console.log);
cacheImplementer.increment('testCounterKey', 10).then(resolvePromise);
cacheImplementer.decrement('testCounterKey', 5).then(resolvePromise);

Change the cache expiry time using touch:

cacheImplementer.set('testKey', "testData").then(console.log);
cacheImplementer.touch('testKey', 10).then(resolvePromise);

Running test cases

Set environment variables of particular cache engine for which you want to run the tests.

  • Redis
source test/env/redis.sh
  • Memcached
source test/env/memcached.sh
  • In-memory
source test/env/inMemory.sh

Cache engines must be running on the specified ports.

  • Redis (6380,6381)
redis-server --port 6380
  • Memcached (11212,11213,11214,11215)
memcached -p 11212 -d

Run tests

./node_modules/.bin/mocha --recursive "./test/*.js"


npm i @plgworks/cache

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