ES6, Promise based caching library with zero dependencies.

Usage no npm install needed!

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CacheMan is an ES6, Promise based caching library.
It requires zero dependencies.


$ npm i @runmeetly/cache-man

$ yarn add @runmeetly/cache-man


CacheMan is an extremely simple, low attachment, easy to adopt library. It was created because we needed a simple way to avoid repeated network and database calls while developing Meetly in its early stages, but with an API which would be easy to migrate away from as the application grew and matured.

Plus its always fun to make something new!


Imagine you have some existing code, such as this:

class Api {
  constructor(http, database) {
    this.http = http;
    this.database = database;

  doLongNetworkCall(id, filterBy) {
    return this.http.get(`/api/${id}/${filterBy}`);

  doExpensiveDataBaseCall(name, date) {
    return this.database.query(name).orderBy(date);

Both of the functions in your Api may take a very long time. Let's assume that you run these functions to populate page data each time your page is navigated to. If a user was to rapidly clicks back and forth between your pages, you would make these expensive calls over and over again - even if no data had actually changed in between invocations.

CacheMan can help you here, let's see how:

import { CacheMan } from "@runmeetly/cache-man";

class Api {
  constructor(http, database) {
    this.cachedLongNetworkCall = CacheMan.create((id, filterBy) => {
      return http.get(`/api/${id}/${filterBy}`);

    this.cachedExpensiveDatabaseCall = CacheMan.create((name, date) => {
      return database.query(name).orderBy(date);

  doLongNetworkCall(id, filterBy) {
    return this.cachedLongNetworkCall.get(id, filterBy);

  doExpensiveDataBaseCall(name, date) {
    return this.cachedExpensiveDatabaseCall.get(name, data);

By wrapping function calls with CacheMan.create, we effectively create a simple repository pattern - it will hit the network or the database as long as there is no cached data, and will quickly return from the cached data if it is possible.

The CacheMan API

The CacheMan object is the main entry point to the meat and potatoes of the library. It has a single function, which takes an upstream callback, and optionally an implementation or list of implementations of a StorageBackend. It will return a new cache interface which knows how to talk to and manipulate its cached data.

const upstream = (...args) => {};
const timeoutInMillis = 10000;
const backend = new CustomStorageBackend(timeoutInMillis);

cacheInterface = CacheMan.create(upstream, {
  backend: backend

This cacheInterface has two functions: get() and clear().




The get() function accepts any number of arguments and forwards all of them to the originally passed upstream callback. It will return a Promise. The Promise data may be new data from the upstream or it may be data that was previously cached.

Repeated calls to get() while the upstream function has not returned any data will join to the original call and return when the original upstream resolves it's Promise.


The clear() function accepts no arguments and returns no data. It erases the cached data - effectively "resetting" the cache interface.

Calls to clear() that are made during a get() call will not affect any of the get() calls up to that point.


CacheMan is primarily developed and maintained by Peter at Meetly.


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