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    An ultra slim localstorage wrapper with optional support for ttl and encryption

    🌟 Highlights 🌟

    • 📦 A localStorage wrapper with 0 DEPENDENCIES in pure JS (Typescript)!
    • 🔥 A super light-weight library <1kB minzipped
    • Supports TTL (i.e. expiry of data in LocalStorage)
    • 🧬 Supports encryption/decryption
    • 🌐 Checks LocalStorage browser support internally
    • ⚜️ Allows you to store data in multiple formats (numbers, strings, objects, arrays, ...) with checks for cyclic references
    • 🎀 Framework agnostic!


    # you can install typeahead with npm
    $ npm install --save localstorage-slim
    # Alternatively you can use Yarn
    $ yarn add localstorage-slim

    Then include the library in your App/Page.

    As a module,

    // using ES6 modules
    import ls from 'localstorage-slim';
    // using CommonJS modules
    var ls = require('localstorage-slim');

    In the browser context,

    <!-- Include the library -->
    <script src="./node_modules/localstorage-slim/dist/localstorage-slim.js"></script>
    <!-- Alternatively, you can use a CDN with jsdelivr -->
    <script src=""></script>
    <!-- or with -->
    <script src=""></script>

    The library will be available as a global object at

    🌱 Usage

    Typical usage of localstorage-slim is as follows:


    /*** Store in localstorage ***/
    const value = {
      a: new Date(),
      b: null,
      c: false,
      d: 'superman',
      e: 1234
    ls.set('key1', value); // value can be anything (object, array, string, number, ...)
    ls.get('key1');  // { a: "currentdate", b: "null", c: false, d: 'superman', e: 1234 }
    /* with optional ttl in seconds */
    ls.set('key2', value, { ttl: 5 });
    ls.get('key2');  // within 5 secs => { a: "currentdate", b: "null", c: false, d: 'superman', e: 1234 }
    ls.get('key2');  // after 5 secs => null
    /* with optional encryption */
    ls.set('key3', value, { encrypt: true }); // "mÆk¬…k§m®À½½°¹¿¯..."
    ls.get('key3', { decrypt: true }); // { a: "currentdate", b: "null", c: false, d: 'superman', e: 1234 }

    🔧 Configuration

    LocalStorage-slim provides you a config object (ls.config) which can be modified to suit your needs. The available config parameters are as follows and all of them are completely OPTIONAL

    Parameter Description Default
    ttl?: number|null Allows you to set a global TTL(time to live) in seconds which will be used for every item stored in the localStorage. Global ttl can be overriden with the ls.set()/ls.get() API. null
    encrypt?: boolean Allows you to setup global encryption of the data stored in localStorage Details. It can be overriden with the ls.set()/ls.get() API false
    decrypt?: boolean Allows you to decrypt encrypted data stored in localStorage. Used only by the ls.get() API undefined
    encrypter?: (data: unknown, secret: string): string An encryption function whose signature can be seen on the left. A default implementation only obfuscates the value. This function can be overriden with the ls.set()/ls.get() API. Obfuscation
    decrypter?: (encryptedString: string, secret: string): unknown A decryption function whose signature can be seen on the left. A default implementation only performs deobfuscation. This function can be overriden with the ls.set()/ls.get() API. deobfuscation
    secret?: unknown Allows you to set a secret key that will be passed to the encrypter/decrypter functions as a parameter. The default implementation accepts a number. Global secret can be overriden with the ls.set()/ls.get() API.

    🧬 Encryption/Decryption

    LocalStorage-slim allows you to encrypt the data that will be stored in your localStorage.

    // enable encryption globally
    ls.config.encrypt = true;
    // optionally use a different secret key
    ls.config.secret = 89;

    Enabling encryption ensures that the data stored in your localStorage will be unreadable by majority of the users. Be aware of the fact that default implementation is not a true encryption but a mere obfuscation to keep the library light in weight. You can customize the encrypter/decrypter functions to write your own algorithm or to use a secure encryption algorithm like AES, TDES, RC4 or rabbit via CryptoJS to suit your needs.

    To use a library like CryptoJS, update the following config options -

    // enable encryption
    ls.config.encrypt = true;
    // set a global secret
    ls.config.secret = 'secret-password';
    // override encrypter function
    ls.config.encrypter = (data: unknown, secret: string): string => 'encrypted string';
    // override decrypter function
    ls.config.decrypter = (encryptedString: string, secret: string): unknown => 'original data';

    As seen, you can easily override the encrypter and decrypter functions with your own implementation of encryption/decryption logic to secure your data. Some examples can be found here.

    // After updating the config, use ls as you normally would
    ls.set(...); // internally calls ls.config.encrypter(...);
    ls.get(...); // internally calls ls.config.decrypter(...);
    // you can encrypt a particular LS item by providing a different secret as well.
    ls.set("key", "value", { secret: 'xyz'});
    ls.get("key", { secret: 'xyz'});

    ⚠️ Note: It is recommended that you do not save user passwords or credit card details in LocalStorage (whether they be encrypted or not).


    The Api is very similar to that of the native LocalStorage API.

    🔸 1. ls.set(key, value, config = {})

    Sets an item in the LocalStorage. It can accept 3 arguments

    1. key: string [Required] - The key with which the value should be associated
    2. value: string|Date|Number|Object|Boolean|Null [Required] - The value to be stored
    3. config: Config [Optional] - This argument accepts the same properties as the global config object. Defaults to an empty object

    Returns false if there was an error, else returns undefined.

    const res = ls.set('key', 'value');
    console.log('Value =>', res); // returns undefined if successful or false if there was a problem
    // with ttl
    ls.config.ttl = 3;      // global ttl set to 3 seconds
    ls.set('key', 'value'); // value expires after 3s
    ls.set('key', 'value', { ttl: 5 }); // value expires after 5s (overrides global ttl)
    // with encryption (to encrypt particular fields)
    ls.set('key', 'value', { encrypt: true });

    🔸 2. ls.get(key, config = {})

    Retrieves the Data associated with the key stored in the LocalStorage. It accepts 2 arguments -

    1. key: string [Required] - The key with which the value is associated
    2. config: Config [Optional] - This argument accepts the same properties as the global config object. Defaults to an empty object

    If the passed key does not exist, it returns null.

    const value = ls.get('key');
    console.log('Value =>', value); // value retrieved from LS
    // if ttl was set
    ls.get('key'); // returns the value if ttl has not expired, else returns null
    // when a particular field is encrypted, and it needs decryption
    ls.get('key', { decrypt: true });
    // get decrypted value when global encryption is enabled
    ls.config.encrypt = true;
    ls.get('key'); // returns decrypted value

    🔸 3. ls.flush(force = false)

    Flushes expired items in the localStorage. This function is called once automatically on initialization. It can accept an optional argument force: boolean that defaults to false. If set to true, it force-flushes all items including the ones that haven't expired yet. Note that doing flush(true) only affects items that were due to expire sometime in future (i.e. they had a TTL set on them). To remove data, whether or not it has a TTL, use remove() or clear().

    // removes all expired data (i.e. ttl has expired)
    // removes all data that has a ttl (i.e. even if the ttl has not expired yet)

    🔸 4. ls.remove(key)

    Accepts the key: string as an argument to remove the data associated with it.

    // delete data from the LS
    ls.remove('key'); // returns undefined if successful, false otherwise


    Clears the entire localstorage linked to the current domain.

    // removes all data from the LS
    ls.clear(); // returns undefined if successful, false otherwise

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    🧑‍💻 Contribute

    Interested in contributing features and fixes?

    Read more on contributing.

    📝 Changelog

    See the Changelog

    📄 License

    MIT © Digital Fortress


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