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A rolling rate limit using Redis. Original idea from Peter Hayes. Uses a lua script for atomic operations and to prevent blocked actions from substracting from the bucket.

Compatible with Redis Cluster.


const RollingLimit = require('redis-token-bucket-ratelimiter');
const Redis = require('ioredis');
const redisClient = new Redis({port});
const defaultLimiter = new RollingLimit({
  interval: 5000,
  limit: 3,
  redis: redisClient,

RollingLimit Methods

limiter = new RollingLimit(options)

Creates a new RollingLimit instance.


  • limit: (required) maximum of allowed uses in interval
  • interval: (required) millisecond duration for the limit
  • redis: (required) an ioredis or node-redis client instance
  • prefix: (optional) a string to prepend before id for each key
    • Useful for avoiding collisions between applications or versions of an application
  • force: (optional) a boolean to force an accept, but draining the bucket if necessary
    • This allows the limiter to go negative. Use for instances where an action must be allowed, but you still want to deduct from the limit.

limiter.use(id: string): Promise

limiter.use(id: string, amount?: number): Promise

Takes a token from the limit's bucket for id in redis and returns a promise with the limit response object:

  • numLeft: (number >= 0) the number of tokens left in the bucket
  • rejected: (boolean) whether or not the request was rejected
  • retryDelta
  • amount: the number of tokens to take from the bucket and defaults to 1.

If you want to get the count of tokens left, send in an amount of 0.

static RateLimiter.stubLimit(max)

Synchronously returns a fake-but-complete response object, with the supplied max for a limit


npm i @heat/redis-token-bucket-ratelimiter

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