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Transactional Storage API

The Transactional Storage API allows you to achieve consistent key-value storage.

Durable Objects gain access to a persistent Transactional Storage API via state, the first parameter passed to the Durable Object constructor.

While access to a Durable Object instance is single-threaded, request executions can still interleave with each other when they wait on I/O, such as when waiting on the promises returned by persistent storage methods or fetch() requests.

The following code snippet shows you how to store and retrieve data using the Transactional Storage API.

export class Counter {
constructor(state, env) {
this.state = state;
async fetch(request) {
let url = new URL(request.url);
// retrieve data
let value = (await"value")) || 0;
// increment counter and get a new value
value += 1;
// store data
await"value", value);
return new Response(value);

​​ Methods

The Transactional Storage API comes with several methods.

Each method is implicitly wrapped inside a transaction, such that its results are atomic and isolated from all other storage operations, even when accessing multiple key-value pairs.

  • get(keystring, optionsObjectoptional) : Promise<any>

    • Retrieves the value associated with the given key. The type of the returned value will be whatever was previously written for the key, or undefined if the key does not exist.

    Supported options:

  • allowConcurrencyboolean

    • By default, the system will pause delivery of I/O events to the Object while a storage operation is in progress, in order to avoid unexpected race conditions. Pass allowConcurrency: true to opt out of this behavior and allow concurrent events to be delivered.
  • noCacheboolean

    • If true, then the key/value will not be inserted into the in-memory cache. If the key is already in the cache, the cached value will be returned, but its last-used time will not be updated. Use this when you expect this key will not be used again in the near future. This flag is only a hint. This flag will never change the semantics of your code, but it may affect performance.
  • get(keysArray<string>, optionsObject) : Promise<Map<string, any>>

    • Retrieves the values associated with each of the provided keys. The type of each returned value in the Map will be whatever was previously written for the corresponding key. Results in the Map will be sorted in increasing order of their UTF-8 encodings, with any requested keys that do not exist being omitted. Supports up to 128 keys at a time.

    Supported options: Same as get(key, options), above.

  • put(keystring, valueany, optionsObjectoptional) : Promise

    Supported options:

  • allowUnconfirmedboolean

    • By default, the system will pause outgoing network messages from the Durable Object until all previous writes have been confirmed flushed to disk. If the write fails, the system will reset the Object, discard all outgoing messages, and respond to any clients with errors instead.

    • This way, Durable Objects can continue executing in parallel with a write operation, without having to worry about prematurely confirming writes, because it is impossible for any external party to observe the Object’s actions unless the write actually succeeds.

    • After any write, subsequent network messages may be slightly delayed. Some applications may consider it acceptable to communicate on the basis of unconfirmed writes. Some programs may prefer to allow network traffic immediately. In this case, set allowUnconfirmed() to true to opt out of the default behavior.

  • noCacheboolean

    • If true, then the key/value will be discarded from memory as soon as it has completed writing to disk.

    • Use noCache() if the key will not be used again in the near future. noCache() will never change the semantics of your code, but it may affect performance.

    • If you use get() to retrieve the key before the write has completed, the copy from the write buffer will be returned, thus ensuring consistency with the latest call to put().

  • put(entriesObject, optionsObjectoptional) : Promise

    • Takes an Object and stores each of its keys and values to storage.
    • Each value can be any type supported by the structured clone algorithm, which is true of most types.
    • Supports up to 128 key-value pairs at a time. Each key is limited to a maximum size of 2,048 bytes and each value is limited to 128 KiB (131,072 bytes).

    Supported options: Same as put(key, value, options), above.

  • delete(keystring) : Promise<boolean>

    • Deletes the key and associated value. Returns true if the key existed or false if it did not.

    Supported options: Same as put(), above.

  • delete(keysArray<string>, optionsObjectoptional) : Promise<number>

    • Deletes the provided keys and their associated values. Supports up to 128 keys at a time. Returns a count of the number of key-value pairs deleted.

Supported options: Same as put(), above.

  • list() : Promise<Map<string, any>>

    • Returns all keys and values associated with the current Durable Object in ascending sorted order based on the keys’ UTF-8 encodings.

    • The type of each returned value in the Map will be whatever was previously written for the corresponding key.

    • Be aware of how much data may be stored in your Durable Object before calling this version of list without options because all the data will be loaded into the Durable Object’s memory, potentially hitting its limit. If that is a concern, pass options to list as documented below.

  • list(optionsObject) : Promise<Map<string, any>>

    • Returns keys and values associated with the current Durable Object according to the parameters in the provided options Object.

Supported options:

  • startstring

    • Key at which the list results should start, inclusive.
  • startAfterstring

    • Key after which the list results should start, exclusive. Cannot be used simultaneously with start.
  • endstring

    • Key at which the list results should end, exclusive.
  • prefixstring

    • Restricts results to only include key-value pairs whose keys begin with the prefix.
  • reverseboolean

    • If true, return results in descending order instead of the default ascending order.
    • Enabling reverse does not change the meaning of start, startKey, or endKey. start still defines the smallest key in lexicographic order that can be returned (inclusive), effectively serving as the endpoint for a reverse-order list. end still defines the largest key in lexicographic order that the list should consider (exclusive), effectively serving as the starting point for a reverse-order list.
  • limitnumber

    • Maximum number of key-value pairs to return.
  • allowConcurrencyboolean

    • Same as the option to get(), above.
  • noCacheboolean

    • Same as the option to get(), above.
  • transaction(closureFunction(txn)) : Promise

    • Runs the sequence of storage operations called on txn in a single transaction that either commits successfully or aborts.

    • Explicit transactions are no longer necessary. Any series of write operations with no intervening await will automatically be submitted atomically, and the system will prevent concurrent events from executing while await a read operation (unless you use allowConcurrency: true). Therefore, a series of reads followed by a series of writes (with no other intervening I/O) are automatically atomic and behave like a transaction.

  • txn

    • Provides access to the put(), get(), delete() and list() methods documented above to run in the current transaction context. In order to get transactional behavior within a transaction closure, you must call the methods on the txn Object instead of on the top-level Object.

      Also supports a rollback() function that ensures any changes made during the transaction will be rolled back rather than committed. After rollback() is called, any subsequent operations on the txn Object will fail with an exception. rollback() takes no parameters and returns nothing to the caller.
  • deleteAll() : Promise

    • Deletes all keys and associated values, effectively deallocating all storage used by the Durable Object. In the event of a failure while the deleteAll() operation is still in flight, it may be that only a subset of the data is properly deleted.

Supported options: Same as put(), above.

  • getAlarm() : Promise<Number | null>

    • Retrieves the current alarm time (if set) as integer milliseconds since epoch. The alarm is considered to be set if it has not started, or if it has failed and any retry has not begun. If no alarm is set, getAlarm() returns null.

Supported options: Like get() above, but without noCache().

  • setAlarm(scheduledTimeDate | number) : Promise

    • Sets the current alarm time, accepting either a JavaScript Date, or integer milliseconds since epoch.

      If setAlarm() is called with a time equal to or before, the alarm will be scheduled for asynchronous execution in the immediate future. If the alarm handler is currently executing in this case, it will not be canceled. Alarms can be set to millisecond granularity and will usually execute within a few milliseconds after the set time, but can be delayed by up to a minute due to maintenance or failures while failover takes place.

Supported options: Like put() above, but without noCache().

  • deleteAlarm() : Promise

    • Deletes the alarm if one exists. Does not cancel the alarm handler if it is currently executing.

Supported options: Like put() above, but without noCache().

  • sync() : Promise

    • Synchronizes any pending writes to disk.

    • This is similar to normal behavior from automatic write coalescing. If there are any pending writes in the write buffer (including those submitted with allowUnconfirmed()), the returned promise will resolve when they complete. If there are no pending writes, the returned promise will be already resolved.

Supported options: None.