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A super fast Node.js API Gateway for the masses!

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npm i fast-gateway



const gateway = require('fast-gateway')
const server = gateway({
  routes: [{
    prefix: '/service',
    target: ''

Remote Service

const service = require('restana')()
service.get('/get', (req, res) => res.send('Hello World!'))

Configuration options explained

  // Optional restana library configuration (
  restana: {},
  // Optional global middlewares in the format: (req, res, next) => next() 
  // Default value: []
  middlewares: [],
  // Optional global value for routes "pathRegex". Default value: '/*'
  pathRegex: '/*',
  // Optional "target" value that overrides the routes "target" config value. Feature intended for testing purposes.
  targetOverride: "",
  // HTTP proxy
  routes: [{
    // Optional `fast-proxy` library configuration (
    // base parameter defined as the route target. Default value: {}
    fastProxy: {},
    // Optional flag to indicate if target uses the HTTP2 protocol. Default value: false
    http2: false,
    // Optional path matching regex. Default value: '/*'
    // In order to disable the 'pathRegex' at all, you can use an empty string: ''
    pathRegex: '/*',
    // route prefix
    prefix: '/public',
    // Optional documentation configuration (unrestricted schema)
    docs: {
      name: 'Public Service',
      endpoint: '/api-docs',
      type: 'swagger'
    // Optional "prefix rewrite" before request is forwarded. Default value: ''
    prefixRewrite: '',
    // Remote HTTP server URL to forward the request
    target: 'http://localhost:3000',
    // Optional HTTP methods to limit the requests proxy to certain verbs only
    // Supported HTTP methods: ['GET', 'DELETE', 'PATCH', 'POST', 'PUT', 'HEAD', 'OPTIONS', 'TRACE']
    methods: ['GET', 'POST', ...], 
    // Optional route level middlewares. Default value: []
    middlewares: [],
    // Optional proxy lifecycle hooks. Default value: {}
    hooks: {
      async onRequest (req, res) {
      //   // we can optionally reply from here if required
      //   res.end('Hello World!')
      //   return true // truthy value returned will abort the request forwarding
      onResponse (req, res, stream) {  
        // do some post-processing here
        // ...
      // other options allowed

onResponse Hook default implementation

For developers reference, next we describe how the default onResponse hook looks like:

const pump = require('pump')
const toArray = require('stream-to-array')
const onResponse = async (req, res, stream) => {
  if (!res.hasHeader('content-length')) {
    try {
      const resBuffer = Buffer.concat(await toArray(stream))
      res.statusCode = stream.statusCode
      res.setHeader('content-length', '' + Buffer.byteLength(resBuffer))
    } catch (err) {
  } else {
    res.statusCode = stream.statusCode
    pump(stream, res)

The "GET /services.json" endpoint

Since version 1.3.5 the gateway exposes minimal documentation about registered services at: GET /services.json

Example output:

         "name":"Public Service",

NOTE: Please see docs configuration entry explained above.

Gateway level caching

Caching support is provided by the http-cache-middleware module.


Because caching is the last mile for low latency distributed systems!

Enabling proper caching strategies at gateway level will drastically reduce the latency of your system, as it reduces network round-trips and remote services processing.
We are talking here about improvements in response times from X ms to ~2ms, as an example.

We use the http-cache-middleware module to support gateway level caching. Read more about it:

Setting up gateway level cache available for all services

Single node cache (memory):

// cache middleware
const cache = require('http-cache-middleware')()
// enable http cache middleware
const gateway = require('fast-gateway')
const server = gateway({
  middlewares: [cache],
  routes: [...]

Memory storage is recommended if there is only one gateway instance and you are not afraid of losing cache data.

Multi nodes cache (redis):

// redis setup
const CacheManager = require('cache-manager')
const redisStore = require('cache-manager-ioredis')
const redisCache = CacheManager.caching({
  store: redisStore,
  db: 0,
  host: 'localhost',
  port: 6379,
  ttl: 30
// cache middleware
const cache = require('http-cache-middleware')({
  stores: [redisCache]
// enable http cache middleware
const gateway = require('fast-gateway')
const server = gateway({
  middlewares: [cache],
  routes: [...]

Required if there are more than one gateway instances

How to cache remote services endpoints response?

How to invalidate caches?

Custom cache keys

Cache keys are generated using: req.method + req.url, however, for indexing/segmenting requirements it makes sense to allow cache keys extensions.
Unfortunately, this feature can't be implemented at remote service level, because the gateway needs to know the entire lookup key when a request reaches the gateway.

For doing this, we simply recommend using middlewares on the service configuration:

routes: [{
  prefix: '/users',
  target: 'http://localhost:3000',
  middlewares: [(req, res, next) => {
    req.cacheAppendKey = (req) => // here cache key will be: req.method + req.url +
    return next()

In this example we also distinguish cache entries by, very common case!

Disable cache for custom endpoints

You can also disable cache checks for certain requests programmatically:

routes: [{
  prefix: '/users',
  target: 'http://localhost:3000',
  middlewares: [(req, res, next) => {
    req.cacheDisabled = true
    return next()

Want to contribute?

This is your repo ;)

Note: We aim to be 100% code coverage, please consider it on your pull requests.

Related projects

  • middleware-if-unless (
  • fast-proxy (
  • restana (


Benchmark scripts can be found in benchmark folder.

Laptop: MacBook Pro 2016, 2,7 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
wrk -t8 -c50 -d20s

  • fast-gateway: 18069.77 reqs/secs
  • k-fastify-gateway: 9763.61 reqs/secs


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