Express Rate Limiter, using Redis as the key value store.

Usage no npm install needed!

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Rate limiter middleware for express applications, using a redis store as back-end.

This limiter has two kinds of limits: an inner and outer limit. It limites based on user ip.

The inner limit is against hammering (e.g. only 3 calls allowed per second). The outer limit is for protecting against over-use. (e.g. max 60 times per two minutes).



npm install express-rate-limiter-redis --save

First, create a new Limiter;

var Limiter = require('express-rate-limiter-redis/limiter'), //For easy usage, this redirects to express-rate-limiter (The main module)
    RedisStore = require('express-rate-limiter-redis'),
    store = new RedisStore(),
    limiter = new Limiter({ db : store });

The RedisStore defaults to as host and 6379 as port. These can be overwritten by passing them to the ctor, like so:

var store = new RedisStore({
    host: '',
    port: 6379

Or when you have a url:

var store = new RedisStore({
    url: 'redis://'

In case the url contains auth data, the client will automatically authenticate.

Instead of passing along options, it is also possible to pass a different redis store (or mock) with the same signature:

var redis = require("redis"),
        client = redis.createClient();

var store = new RedisStore({
    client: client

Options different than the ones above, will be used to pass to the redisClient when created internally.

Afterwards, use the limiter to create an express middleware for the express methods you want to rate limit.'/', limiter.middleware(), function(req, res) {   


Anything written in the callback will now be rate limited.

Since the connection to the redis server causes an asynchronous overhead, it is recommended to increase the inner expiration time. Leaving it on it's default, 3 seconds, will result in possible race conditions that can't be avoided. This can be configured as follows:

    var limiter = new Limiter({
        db: redisStore,
        innerTimeLimit: 10000,
        innerLimit: 15

More info

For more info, see expres-rate-limiter.