limiter2

Rate limiter for Node.js

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limiter

Provides a generic rate limiter for node.js. Useful for API clients, web crawling, or other tasks that need to be throttled. Two classes are exposed, RateLimiter and TokenBucket. TokenBucket provides a lower level interface to rate limiting with a configurable burst rate and drip rate. RateLimiter sits on top of the token bucket and adds a restriction on the maximum number of tokens that can be removed each interval to comply with common API restrictions like "150 requests per hour maximum".

Fork by @FGRibreau

  • Don't wait for available tokens (don't use an internal queue with setTimeout)
  • Don't use callbacks
  • ParentBucket removed

Installation

Use NPM to install:

npm install limiter

Usage

A simple example allowing 150 requests per hour:

var RateLimiter = require('limiter').RateLimiter;
// Allow 150 requests per hour (the Twitter search limit). Also understands
// 'second', 'minute', 'day', or a number of milliseconds
var limiter = new RateLimiter(150, 'hour');

// Throttle requests
if(limiter.accept(1)){
  callMyRequestSendingFunction(...);
}

Another example allowing one message to be sent every 250ms:

var RateLimiter = require('limiter').RateLimiter;
var limiter = new RateLimiter(1, 250);

if(limiter.accept(1)){
  callMyMessageSendingFunction(...);
}

Uses the token bucket directly to throttle at the byte level:

var BURST_RATE = 1024 * 1024 * 150; // 150KB/sec burst rate
var FILL_RATE = 1024 * 1024 * 50; // 50KB/sec sustained rate
var TokenBucket = require('limiter').TokenBucket;
// We could also pass a parent token bucket in as the last parameter to
// create a hierarchical token bucket
var bucket = new TokenBucket(BURST_RATE, FILL_RATE, 'second');

if(bucket.accept(myData.byteLength)){
  sendMyData(myData);
});

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License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2011 Cull TV, Inc. <jhurliman@cull.tv>

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