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::[oo] single-host caching proxy

What Is It?

dictaphone lets you record an http conversation with a host and replay the responses, again and again. This can help ensure consistency when testing, or put a buffer between you and a live system you may not want to abuse, for example.

Quick Start

$ git clone
$ cd dictaphone
$ bin/dictaphone.js
$ curl localhost:8080/some/path

In this example, curl will return to you, and future requests for it will be returned from dictaphone's cache while it remains running.


Simple caching

$ bin/dictaphone.js
$ curl localhost:8080/                 # gets
$ curl localhost:8080/                 # gets from in-memory cache
$ curl localhost:8080/html             # gets
$ curl localhost:8080/html             # gets from in-memory cache
$ ...                                  # etc.

In this example, dictaphone proxies requests to the specified host and keeps the response in memory. Subsequent requests for the same url will return the cached response instead of hitting the host again.

More useful caching

$ bin/dictaphone.js -c some_new_dir/       # creates ./some_new_dir/ and uses it as the base directory for a flat file cache
$ curl localhost:8080/html                             # gets and stores the response as a JSON data object in ./some_new_dir/GET/html
$ echo '{"statusCode": 404, "headers": [], "body": "Nope.\n"}' > some_new_dir/GET/not_there
$ curl localhost:8080/not_there                        # responds with your manually created 404

This example behaves the same as above, but writes the proxied responses to the filesystem. You can then edit the response by hand, if you'd like, and the next time you use -c some_new_dir/, any cached responses found there will be used without ever hitting the host!

Using ONLY cached responses

$ bin/dictaphone.js -c some_existing_dir/       # uses only pre-cached responses found under ./some_existing_dir/
$ curl localhost:8080/cached_url                # returns the response in ./some_existing_dir/GET/cached_url 
$ curl localhost:8080/not_cached                # assuming ./some_existing_dir/GET/not_cached doesn't exist, returns a 404

In this example, dictaphone will only use cached responses, returning a 404 otherwise. You can use this to play back a previously recorded set of requests, knowing that you'll never hit the actual host if that would be undesirable.

More Help

$ bin/dictaphone.js -h


dictaphone is Copyright (c) 2013 Mike Larsson @stenington and licenced under the MIT licence. All rights not explicitly granted in the MIT license are reserved. See the included LICENSE file for more details.