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    Hot Rod JS Client

    infinispan is an asynchronous event-driven Infinispan client for Node.js. The results of the asynchronous operations are represented using Promise instances. Amongst many advantages, promises make it easy to transform/chain multiple asynchronous invocations and they improve error handling by making it easy to centralise it.

    The client is under heavy development but here's a summary of its current capabilities:

    • infinispan client can be constructed with a single server address or multiple servers addresses. When passing multiple addresses, it will iterate until it finds a server to which it can connect to.
    • Clients can interact with a named cache whose name is passed on client construction via {cacheName: 'myCache'} option. In the absence of any cache name options, the client will interact with the default cache.
    • Full CRUD operation support, e.g. put, get, remove, containsKey...etc.
    • Compare-And-Swap operation support, e.g. putIfAbsent, getWithMetadata, replace, replaceWithVersion, removeWithVersion..etc.
    • Expiration with absolute lifespan or relative maximum idle time is supported. This expiration parameters as passed as optional parameters to create/update methods and they support multiple time units, e.g. {lifespan: '1m', maxIdle: '1d'}.
    • Update and remove operations can optionally return previous values by passing in {previous: true} option.
    • Bulk store/retrieve/delete operations are supported, e.g. putAll, getAll, clear...etc.
    • Cache contents can be iterated over using the iterator method.
    • Cache size can be determined using the size method.
    • Remote cache listeners can be plugged using the addListener method, which takes the event type (create, modify, remove or expiry) and the function callback as parameter.
    • Clients can store scripts using addScript and then they can be remotely executed using the execute operation. Executing a script remotely optionally takes per-invocation parameters.
    • Server-side statistics can be retrieved using the stats operation.
    • Clients can connect using encryption with the server via SSL/TLS with optional TLS/SNI support.
    • Clients can talk to clusters of Infinispan Server instances, using Consistent-Hash based algorithms to route key-based operations.
    • Multi-key or key-less operations are routed in round-robin fashion.
    • Clients only need to be configure with a single node's address and from that node the rest of the cluster topology can be discovered. As nodes are added or destroyed, clients get notified of changes in the cluster topology dynamically.
    • Clients can talk to multiple clusters that are separated into different site clusters. The client is normally connected to one of the sites, but if its members fail to respond, it will automatically switch to an alternative site to which it can connect.
    • Clients have methods, such as switchToCluster(clusterName) and switchToDefaultCluster that allows users to manually change to which site cluster to connect.
    • Finally, clients can stop communication with the server(s) using the disconnect method.

    Hot Rod JS client documentation

    Find installation, configuration, and example usage in the Hot Rod JS Client Guide at

    You can also build the Hot Rod JS Client Guide as follows:

    1. Clone the source repository.
    $ git clone
    1. Build the HTML from the asciidoc source.
    $ asciidoctor documentation/asciidoc/titles/js_client.asciidoc
    1. Open documentation/asciidoc/titles/js_client.html in any browser.

    API docs

    Review Hot Rod JS client API documentation.

    You can also build API docs from the source repository as follows:

    1. Generate JSDoc formatted API docs.
    $ npm install jsdoc
    $ ./node_modules/.bin/jsdoc lib/*.js
    1. Open open out/index.html in any browser.


    Before executing any tests, Infinispan Server instances need to be started up so that testsuite can run against those. To ease this process, a script has been created in the root directory to start all the expected server instances.

    Go to the root of the repo and execute:

    $ npm install

    Next, start the Infinispan Servers via:

    $ ./

    To run the testsuite once execute:

    $ ./

    To run tests continuously execute:

    $ ./node_modules/.bin/jasmine-node spec --autotest --watch lib --captureExceptions

    To run individual tests execute:

    $ node node_modules/jasmine-node/lib/jasmine-node/cli.js spec/infinispan_local_spec.js --captureExceptions

    To help with testing, you can quickly run the smoke tests via:

    $ ./

    Both testsuite and smoke tests can be run with older protocol versions, e.g.

    $ protocol=2.5 ./

    Note for Mac Users:

    You might experience MPING issues running an Infinispan cluster.

    13:37:15,561 ERROR (jgroups-5,server-two) [org.jgroups.protocols.MPING]

    If you run into the errors above, add the following to the routes of your host

    sudo route add -net
    sudo route add -net

    Manual stress tests

    The testsuite now contains manual stress tests that take several minutes to run. To run these tests, execute:

    $ ./node_modules/.bin/jasmine-node spec-manual --captureExceptions

    Memory profiling

    The source code comes with some programs that allow the client's memory consumption to be profiled. Those programs rely on having access to the global garbage collector. So, to run them you must pass --expose-gc command line parameter. Example:

    node --expose-gc memory-profiling/infinispan_memory_many_get.js

    So of programs might only report the memory usage before/after. Others might generate heap dumps which can be visualized using Google Chrome. Within Chrome, the Developer Tools UI contains a Memory tab where heap dumps can be loaded.


    To debug tests with IDE:

    node --inspect-brk node_modules/jasmine-node/lib/jasmine-node/cli.js spec/codec_spec.js


    node --inspect-brk node_modules/jasmine-node/lib/jasmine-node/cli.js spec/infinispan_local_spec.js

    And then start a remote Node.js debugger from IDE on port 9229.

    Tests, servers and ports

    Here's some more detailed information on which tests interact with which servers and on which ports. On top of that, you can find information on which tests are always running as opposed to those that are started (and stopped) by the tests themselves.

    Test Server Profile Ports (Auto/Manual)
    local spec local 11222 (A)
    expiry spec local 11222 (A)
    cluster spec clustered 11322 (A), 11332 (A), 11342 (A)
    failover spec clustered 11422 (M), 11432 (M), 11442 (M)
    ssl spec local 11232 (A), 12242 (A), 12252 (A)
    xsite spec earth, moon 11522 (earth, M), 11532 (moon, M)

    Reporting an issue

    This project does not use Github issues. Instead, please report them via JIRA (project HRJS).


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