A Nodejs module that uses a pool of authentication tokens to extend rate limits on apis





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About the module

pooledtokeninterceptor is a NodeJS module that uses a pool of tokens to access API endpoints thereby increasing the number of requests that can be made at a given time despite the imposed limits. The module works by assigning access tokens to request in a round robin pattern and returns a promise from each of them. The module then checks the response and resolves the promise based on the following types of calls:

1) 'WTC' or Wait to Complete - This type of call checks the response code to determine if the limit has been exceeded. It then waits for the rate limit to be reset, makes another requests and resolves the promise on success.

2) 'FOK' or Fill or Kill - This type of call simply distributes tokens from the supplied pool to requests in order to maximize the number of successful requests that can be made. All failed responses are returned as it is.

How to use

Get the module and Q from npm:

npm install pooledtokeninterceptor
npm install q

Q is used to process the promises.

Add the module and Q:

var interceptorModule = require('pooledtokeninterceptor');
var Q = require('q');

Setup a configuration object for the token pool:

var tokenConfig = {
    tokenLocation : 'header', //or 'query'. This tells the module if the token should be added in the header or as a query param
    tokenIdentifier : 'Token', // Sets up the identifier for the token in the header (e.g "Token 32903209499324") or query param "&access_token=99348384838834834".
    tokens : ['token1', 'token2'], // As many as you like.
    failureResponseCode : 403, // Default to 403. This is used by the module to check if the request failed. Check what the API being used with sends back when rate limit is exhausted.
    headerLimitResetVar : 'x-ratelimit-reset', // Key name in the response header for the variable that holds the time for the limit to be reset. It is x-ratelimit-reset for Github.
    resetOffset : 4, // Number of extra seconds to wait before making another call after the time for reset has passed.

Initialize it and make a request:

var options = {
    url: 'https://api.github.com/search/repositories?q=Material+language:Java&sort=stars&order=desc',
    headers: {
        'User-Agent': 'request' // A User-Agent header is required my most APIs

var interceptor = interceptorModule(tokenConfig);
Q.fcall(interceptor.authenticatedRequest(options, 'FOK'))
  .then(console.log); // Log the response as an example. FOK assigns a token from the pool and returns the response 

The module is built on Request so other fancier options can also be used based on what it accepts.

The module can also be used to make multiple requests as follows:

var promisesArray = [];

// Collect promises for each of the requests to the API
for(var i = 0; i < 45; i++){
    promisesArray.push(request.authenticatedRequest(options, 'WTC'));

// Wait for the promises to resolve and print out the statusCode for each of them
    console.log("Number of responses: " + responses.length);
    for(var i = 0; i < responses.length; i++){

The above example will make 45 requests to the GitHub api. If one token is supplied, only 30 requests can ideally be made based on the imposed limits. With the 'WTC' option, the module will collect the 15 failed responses, wait for the limits to be reset and retry the requests for each of them. Promises are only resolved when all the requests have been successfully completed.

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