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Express HTTP Context

Get and set request-scoped context anywhere. This is just an unopinionated, idiomatic ExpressJS implementation of cls-hooked (forked from continuation-local-storage). It's a great place to store user state, claims from a JWT, request/correlation IDs, and any other request-scoped data. Context is preserved even over async/await (in node 8+).

How to use it

Install: npm install --save express-http-context
(Note: For node v4-7, use the legacy version: npm install --save express-http-context@<1.0.0)

Use the middleware. The earlier the better; you won't have access to the context from any middleware "used" before this one.

var express = require('express');
var httpContext = require('express-http-context');
var app = express();
// all code from here on has access to the same context for each request

Set values based on the incomming request:

// Example authorization middleware
app.use((req, res, next) => {
    userService.getUser(req.get('Authorization'), (err, result) => {
        if (err) {
        } else {
            httpContext.set('user', result.user)

Get them from code that doesn't have access to the express req object:

var httpContext = require('express-http-context');
// Somewhere deep in the Todo Service
function createTodoItem(title, content, callback) {
    var user = httpContext.get('user');
    db.insert({ title, content, userId: }, callback);


To avoid weird behavior with express:

  1. Make sure you require express-http-context in the first row of your app. Some popular packages use async which breaks CLS.
  2. If you are using body-parser and context is getting lost, register it in express before you register express-http-context's middleware.

See Issue #4 for more context. If you find any other weird behaviors, please feel free to open an issue.


Steve Konves (@skonves) Amiram Korach (@amiram)