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Limit outstanding calls to promise returning functions, or a semaphore for promises. You might want to do this to reduce load on external services, or reduce memory usage when processing large batches of jobs.

npm install promise-limit
var promiseLimit = require('promise-limit')
var limit = promiseLimit(2)
var jobs = ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e']
Promise.all( => {
  return limit(() => job(name))
})).then(results => {
  console.log('results:', results)
function job (name) {
  var text = `job ${name}`
  console.log('started', text)
  return new Promise(function (resolve) {
    setTimeout(() => {
      console.log('       ', text, 'finished')
    }, 100)

will output:

started job a
started job b
        job a finished
        job b finished
started job c
started job d
        job c finished
        job d finished
started job e
        job e finished

results: [ 'job a', 'job b', 'job c', 'job d', 'job e' ]


var promiseLimit = require('promise-limit')
promiseLimit(concurrency?: Number) -> limit

Returns a function that can be used to wrap promise returning functions, limiting them to concurrency outstanding calls.

  • concurrency the concurrency, i.e. 1 will limit calls to one at a time, effectively in sequence or serial. 2 will allow two at a time, etc. 0 or undefined specify no limit, and all calls will be run in parallel.


limit(fn: () -> Promise<T>) -> Promise<T>

A function that limits calls to fn, based on concurrency above. Returns a promise that resolves or rejects the same value or error as fn. All functions are executed in the same order in which they were passed to limit. fn must return a promise.

  • fn a function that is called with no arguments and returns a promise. You can pass arguments to your function by putting it inside another function, i.e. () -> myfunc(a, b, c). [T], mapper: (T) -> Promise<R>) -> Promise<[R]>

Maps an array of items using mapper, but limiting the number of concurrent calls to mapper with the concurrency of limit. If at least one call to mapper returns a rejected promise, the result of map is a the same rejected promise, and no further calls to mapper are made.


limit.queue: Number

Returns the queue length, the number of jobs that are waiting to be started. You could use this to throttle incoming jobs, so the queue doesn't overwhealm the available memory - for e.g. pause() a stream.

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