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    A decorator to cache your functions. Features:

    • Uses Redis caching, expiration, and pub/sub.
    • Concurrency locking - if the function is being run elsewhere with the same arguments, it will wait for the result of that function instead of executing again.
    • Caching - caches results for as long as you want. If you set ttl=0, then you're just this library for concurrency locking, which is completely fine.
    • Timeouts - throws when executing or waiting for a function call takes too long
    • Only tested with ioredis

    Use Cases:

    • Race conditions
    • API calls with rate limits
    • Expensive database calls
    • Expensive function calls


    Here's a function that caches all your queries.

    const assert = require('assert')
    const Redis = require('ioredis')
    const pg = require('pg-then')
    const pool = pg.Pool(process.env.POSTGRES_URI)
    const CreateCacheDecorator = require('redis-cache-decorator')({
      client: Redis.createClient(),
      subscriber: Redis.createClient()
    const fn = CreateCacheDecorator({
      namespace: 'crazy-database-call',
    })((query, values) => {
      return db.query(query).then(result => result.rows)
      SELECT *
      FROM users
      WHERE id = $1
    `, [
    ]).then(users => {


    const CreateCacheDecorator = require('redis-cache-decorator')(options)

    Creates a constructor with the following options:

    • client <required> - a redis client for GET/SET/PUBLISH, etc.
    • subscriber <required> - a redis client for PSUBSCIRBE
    • namespace = '' - a prefix for all the events
    • encoding = 'json' - how data is encoded between redis and node.js. Supported values are:
      • json - the default
      • string
      • buffer
    • ttl = '30s' - the TTL expiration in seconds.
    • timeout = '30s' - how long to wait for the function to execute.
    • pollFactor = 1 / 10 - the fraction of the timeout to poll. For example, a 30s timeout with a 1 / 10 factor means that redis is polled for new changes every 3 seconds.
    • minimumPollInterval = '100ms' - the minimum frequency of polling so you don't end up spamming redis
    • createTimeoutError = () => <Error>{ message: 'Timed out!', code: 'RCDTIMEDOUT' } - the function called to create a timeout error. By default, you can check for timeout errors by checking if (err.code === 'RCDTIMEDOUT').
    • onError = err => console.error(err.stack) - an error handler for redis network errors.
    • disabled = false - disable this decorator, specifically useful for testing.

    const decorate = CreateCacheDecorator(options)

    Create a decorator with a set of options.

    • namespace <required> - a namespace for this decorator
    • pollInterval - by default, calculated from timeout, pollFactor, and minimumPollInterval, but you can set this yourself.
    • ttl
    • timeout
    • pollFactor
    • minimumPollInterval
    • createTimeoutError
    • onError

    const decoratedFunction = decorate(fn)

    Decorates the function. The decorated function will have the same API as the original function.

    • The function should return a value or a Promise that can be JSON.stringify()d.
    • The function can be synchronous or asynchronous.
    • this is not supported. Do not access this within the function. The primary reason is that it's difficult to decide how to cache.

    const job = decoratedFunction(...args)

    Execute the decorated function. Will always return a Promise that resolves to the value. In addition, the promise will have the following properties:

    • .hash - hash of the arguments for this job.

    job.then(value => {}, err => {})

    Resolve the promise to retrieve the results of the job.

    const hash = decoratedFunction.createHash(...args)

    Create the hash string for the specified arguments.

    decoratedFunction.set(hash, value).then(value => {})

    Manually set the value of a hash.


    If a stream is returned, the values will automatically be buffered.

    • encoding='json' - the stream will be concatenated as an object stream -> array. If the stream is not an object stream, it will throw.
    • encoding='string' - the stream will be buffered into a string.
    • encoding='buffer' - the stream will be buffered into a Buffer() instance.


    npm i redis-cache-decorator

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