Simple node cache module
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Simple cache module. Uses lowdb as file storage wrapper.


In your project folder run:

npm install node-file-cache --save

Note: The module code uses few ES6 features, so at least 4.4.5 version of Node is required.


First you need to include the module and optionally configure it.

const cache = require('node-file-cache').create(/*{ options }*/);

Requiring the module returns a create factory function that returns cache module instance.

Cache storage can be cofigured using these directives:

  • file - file name or path to file where records are stored (if missing, file will be created automatically)
  • life - global record lifespan in seconds, defaults to 3600 (one hour)

Using the cache module is quite straightforward:

cache.set(key, value); // creates a new cache record

cache.get(key); // retrieves a record from cache

cache.size(); // number of records in cache

cache.expire(<expression>); // exipres (removes) cached records (see example)

cache.clear(); // removes all records from cache

By default, all cache records have lifespan of one hour. This can be either changed globally using configuration directive when creating the cache instance (see above), or it can be set for particular records. Note: If you change the global lifespan setting, it will affect only newly added records.

cache.set(key, item, options);

Let's look at options object for cache record.

  • life - lifespan in seconds
  • tags - array of tags, that can be used to expire (remove) cached records


Adding stuff to cache and getting it back.

const cache = require('node-file-cache').create();  // default configuration

const key = 'my-cache-key';
const item = {
    name: 'my cache item'
const options = {
    life: 60,   // set lifespan of one minute
    tags: [ 'my-cache-tag', 'another-tag' ]

cache.set(key, item, options);

const cachedItem = cache.get(key); // depending on context this can either return cached data or null, if record is missing or expired 

Removing stuff from cache. Arguments for expire method are defined in previous example.

// by cache key
cache.expire(key);  // removes item with particular key

// by chache tags

// by callback
cache.expire((record) => {
    // hook your logic here
    return true; // if record should be removed


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