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this fork is for my personal use with one little change: the data is cloned before it is returned to avoid data changes in cache

This is a simple, transparent, client-side, in-memory cache for Sequelize. Cache invalidation is based on time-to-live (ttl). Selectively add your Sequelize models to the cache. Works with all storage engines supported by Sequelize.

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This cache might work for you if you have database tables that (1) are frequently read but very rarely written and (2) contain only few rows of data.

In a project, we had a couple of database tables with a sort of configuration. Something like 4 or 5 tables with some 10 rows of data. Nearly every request needed this data, i.e., it was read all the time. But updated only very rarely, e.g, once a day. So, pre-fetching or simple in-memory caching would work for us.

If that's not matching your scenario, better look for something more sophisticated such as Redis or Memcached.

Tested with

  • Sequelize 6, Node 12/14/15, integration tested with Postgres 11/12 (via pg 8) and sqlite3 v5 (memory)
  • Sequelize 5, Node 10/12/13, integration tested with Postgres 10/11 (via pg 7) and sqlite3 v4 (memory)


npm install sequelize-simple-cache


Setup the cache along with loading your Sequelize models like this:

const Sequelize = require('sequelize');
const SequelizeSimpleCache = require('sequelize-simple-cache');

// create db connection
const sequelize = new Sequelize('database', 'username', 'password', { ... });

// create cache -- referring to Sequelize models by name, e.g., `User`
const cache = new SequelizeSimpleCache({
  User: { ttl: 5 * 60 }, // 5 minutes
  Page: { }, // default ttl is 1 hour

// assuming you have your models in separate files with "model definers"
// -- e.g, see below or https://github.com/sequelize/express-example --
// add your models to the cache like this
const User = cache.init(require('./models/user')(sequelize));
const Page = cache.init(require('./models/page')(sequelize));

// no caching for this one (because it's not configured to be cached)
// will only add dummy decorators to the model for a homogeneous interface to all models
const Order = cache.init(require('./models/order')(sequelize));

// the Sequelize model API is fully transparent, no need to change anything.
// first time resolved from database, subsequent times from local cache.
const fred = await User.findOne({ where: { name: 'fred' }});

./models/user.js might look like this:

const { Model } = require('sequelize');
class User extends Model {}
module.exports = (sequelize) => User.init({ /* attributes */ }, { sequelize });

Please note that SequelizeSimpleCache refers to Sequelize models by name. The model name is usually equals the class name (e.g., class User extends Model {}User). Unless it is specified differently in the model options' modelName property (e.g., User.init({ /* attributes */ }, { sequelize, modelName: 'Foo' })Foo). The same is true if you are using sequelize.define() to define your models.

More Details

Supported methods

The following methods on Sequelize model instances are supported for caching: findOne, findAndCountAll, findByPk, findAll, count, min, max, sum. In addition, for Sequelize v4: find, findAndCount, findById, findByPrimary, all.

Non-cacheable queries / bypass caching

You need to avoid non-cacheable queries, e.g., queries containing dynamic timestamps.

const { Op, fn } = require('sequelize');
// this is not good
Model.findAll({ where: { startDate: { [Op.lte]: new Date() }, } });
// you should do it this way
Model.findAll({ where: { startDate: { [Op.lte]: fn('NOW') }, } });
// if you don't want a query to be cached, you may explicitly bypass the cache like this
Model.noCache().findAll(/* ... */);
// transactions enforce bypassing the cache, e.g.:
Model.findOne({ where: { name: 'foo' }, transaction: t, lock: true });

Time-to-live (ttl)

Each model has its individual time-to-live (ttl), i.e., all database requests on a model are cached for a particular number of seconds. Default is one hour. For eternal caching, i.e., no automatic cache invalidation, simply set the model's ttl to false (or any number less or equals 0).

const cache = new SequelizeSimpleCache({
  User: { ttl: 5 * 60 }, // 5 minutes
  Page: { }, // default ttl is 1 hour
  Foo: { ttl: false } // cache forever

Clear cache

There are these ways to clear the cache.

const cache = new SequelizeSimpleCache({ /* ... */ });
// clear all
// clear all entries of specific models
cache.clear('User', 'Page');
// or do the same on any model
Model.clearCache(); // only model
Model.clearCacheAll(); // entire cache

By default, the model's cache is automatically cleared if these methods are called: update, create, upsert, destroy, findOrBuild. In addition, for Sequelize v4: insertOrUpdate, findOrInitialize, updateAttributes.

You can change this default behavior like this:

const cache = new SequelizeSimpleCache({
  User: { }, // default clearOnUpdate is true
  Page: { clearOnUpdate: false },

If you run multiple instances (clients or containers or PODs or alike), be aware that cache invalidation is more complex that the above simple approach.

Bypass caching

Caching can explicitly be bypassed like this:

Model.noCache().findOne(/* ... */);


This cache is meant as a simple in-memory cache for a very limited amount of data. So, you should be able to control the size of the cache.

const cache = new SequelizeSimpleCache({
  User: { }, // default limit is 50
  Page: { limit: 30 },


There is "debug" and "ops" logging -- both are off by default. Logging goes to console.debug() unless you set delegate to log somewhere else. event is one of: init, hit, miss, load, purge or ops.

const cache = new SequelizeSimpleCache({
  // ...
}, {
  debug: true,
  ops: 60, // seconds
  delegate: (event, details) => { ... },

Unit testing

If you are mocking your Sequelize models in unit tests with Sinon et al., caching might be somewhat counterproductive. So, either clear the cache as needed in your unit tests. For example (using mocha):

describe('My Test Suite', () => {
  beforeEach(() => {
    Model.clearCacheAll(); // on any model with the same effect
  // ...

Or disable the cache right from the beginning. A quick idea... have a specific config value in your project's /config/default.js and /config/test.js to enable or disable the cache respectively. And start your unit tests with setting NODE_ENV=test before. This is actually the way I am doing it; plus a few extra unit tests for caching.

const config = require('config');
const useCache = config.get('database.cache');
// initializing the cache
const cache = useCache ? new SequelizeSimpleCache({/* ... */}) : undefined;
// loading the models
const model = require('./models/model')(sequelize);
const Model = useCache ? cache.init(model) : model;

TypeScript Support

SequelizeSimpleCache includes type definitions for TypeScript. They are based on the Sequelize types.

For this module to work, your TypeScript compiler options must include "target": "ES2015" (or later), "moduleResolution": "node", and "esModuleInterop": true.

A quick example:

import { Sequelize, Model, DataTypes } from "sequelize";
import SequelizeSimpleCache from "sequelize-simple-cache";

interface UserAttributes {
  id: number;
  name: string;

class User extends Model<UserAttributes> implements UserAttributes {
  public id!: number;
  public name!: string;

// create db connection
const sequelize = new Sequelize(/* ... */);

// initialize models
User.init({ /* attributes */ }, { sequelize, tableName: 'users' });

// create cache -- referring to Sequelize models by name, e.g., `User`
const cache = new SequelizeSimpleCache({
  [User.name]: { ttl: 5 * 60 }, // 5 minutes
  'Foo': {}, // default ttl is 1 hour

// add User model to the cache
const UserCached = cache.init<User>(User);

// the Sequelize model API is fully transparent, no need to change anything.
// first time resolved from database, subsequent times from local cache.
const fred = await UserCached.findOne({ where: { name: 'fred' }});

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