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This project is inspired by the memoize project by Mariusz Nowak aka medikoo. The motivation behind this module is that sometimes you have to persist cached function calls but you do not want to deal with an extra process (ie. managing a Redis store).

Memoization is best technique to save on memory or CPU cycles when we deal with repeated operations. For detailed insight see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoization



In your project path:

npm install memoize-fs --save


var cachePath = require('path').join(__dirname, '..', 'cache'),
    memoize = require('memoize-fs')({ cachePath: cachePath }),
    fun = function (a, b) { return a + b; };

memoize.fn(fun).then(function (memFn) {
    memFn(1, 2).then(function (result) {
        assert.strictEqual(result, 3);
        return memFn(1, 2); // cache hit
    }).then(function (result) {
        assert.strictEqual(result, 3);
    }).catch( /* handle error */ );
}).catch( /* handle error */ );

Note that a result of a memoized function is always a Promise instance!

Memoizing asynchronous functions

memoize-fs assumes a function asynchronous if the last argument it accepts is of type function and that function itself accepts at least one argument. So basically you don't have to do anything differently than when memoizing synchronous functions. Just make sure the above condition is fulfilled. Here is an example of memoizing a function with a callback:

var funAsync = function (a, b, cb) {
    setTimeout(function () {
        cb(null, a + b);
    }, 100);

memoize.fn(funAsync).then(function (memFn) {
    memFn(1, 2, function (err, sum) { if (err) { throw err; } console.log(sum); }).then(function () {
        return memFn(1, 2, function (err, sum) { if (err) { throw err; } console.log(sum); }); // cache hit
    }).then(function () {
        // callback is called with previously cached arguments
    }).catch( /* handle error */ );
}).catch( /* handle error */ );

Memoizing promisified functions

You can also memoize a promisified function. memoize-fs assumes a function promisified if its result is thenable which means that the result is an object with a property then of type function (read more about JavaScript promises here). So again it's the same as with memoizing synchronous functions. Here is an example of memoizing a promisified function:

var funPromisified = function (a, b) {
    return new Promise(function (resolve, reject) {
        setTimeout(function () { resolve(a + b); }, 100);

memoize.fn(funPromisified).then(function (memFn) {
    memFn(1, 2).then(function (result) {
        assert.strictEqual(result, 3);
        return memFn(1, 2); // cache hit
    }).then(function (result) {
        assert.strictEqual(result, 3);
    }).catch( /* handle error */ );
}).catch( /* handle error */ );


When memoizing a function all below options can be applied in any combination.


By default all cache files are saved into the root cache which is the folder specified by the cachePath option:

var memoize = require('memoize-fs')({ cachePath: require('path').join(__dirname, '../../cache' });

The cacheId option which you can specify during memoization of a function resolves to the name of a subfolder created inside the root cache folder. Cached function calls will be cached inside that folder:

memoize.fn(fun, { cacheId: 'foobar' }).then(...


Functions may have references to variables outside their own scope. As a consequence two functions which look exactly the same (they have the same function signature and function body) can return different results even when executed with identical arguments. In order to avoid the same cache being used for two different functions you can use the salt option which mutates the hash key created for the memoized function which in turn defines the name of the cache file:

memoize.fn(fun, { salt: 'foobar' }).then(...


With maxAge option you can ensure that cache for given call is cleared after a predefined period of time (in milliseconds).

memoize.fn(fun, { maxAge: 10000 }).then(...


The force option forces the re-execution of an already memoized function and the re-caching of its outcome:

memoize.fn(fun, { force: true }).then(...


If you want to use the function AST instead the function body when generating the hash (see serialization), set the option astBody to true. This allows the function source code to be reformatted without busting the cache. See https://github.com/borisdiakur/memoize-fs/issues/6 for details.

memoize.fn(fun, { astBody: true }).then(...


If for some reason you want to omit the function body when generating the hash (see serialization), set the option noBody to true.

memoize.fn(fun, { noBody: true }).then(...

Manual cache invalidation

You can delete the root cache (all cache files inside the folder specified by the cachePath option):


You can also pass the cacheId argument to the invalidate method. This way you only delete the cache inside the subfolder with given id.



memoize-fs uses JSON to serialize the results of a memoized function. It also uses JSON, when it tries to serialize the arguments of the memoized function in order to create a hash which is used as the name of the cache file to be stored or retrieved. The hash is created from the serialized arguments, the function body and the salt (if provided as an option).

You can generate this hash using memoize.getCacheFilePath:

var memoize = require('memoize-fs')({cachePath: '/'})
memoize.getCacheFilePath(function () {}, ['arg', 'arg'], {cacheId: 'foobar'})
// -> '/foobar/06f254...'

Since memoize-fs is using JSON for serialization, you should know how it works around some of its "limitations":

  • It ignores circular references silently
  • It ignores arguments and attributes of type function silently
  • It converts NaN to undefined silently
  • It converts all objects, no matter what class they were an instance of, to objects with prototype Object (see #16)

Some "limitations" can not (yet?) be worked around:

  • Serializing huge objects will fail with one of the following two error messages
RangeError: Invalid string length
  at Object.stringify (native)
  at stringifyResult (node_modules/memoize-fs/index.js:x:y) -> line where memoize-fs uses JSON.stringify
FATAL ERROR: JS Allocation failed - process out of memory

Common pitfalls

  • Be carefull when memoizing a function which uses variables from the outer scope. The value of these variables may change during runtime but the cached result will remain the same when calling the memoized function with the same arguments as the first time when the result was cached.

  • You should know about how memoize-fs handles serialization under the hood.


Issues and Pull-requests are absolutely welcome. If you want to submit a patch, please make sure that you follow this simple rule:

All code in any code-base should look like a single person typed it, no matter how many people contributed. — idiomatic.js

Lint with:

npm run jshint

Test with:

npm run mocha

Check code coverage with:

npm run istanbul

Then please commit with a detailed commit message.

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