Check and use appropriate storage adapter for browser (localStorage, sessionStorage, cookies, memory)


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Local Storage Fallback

Check and use appropriate storage adapter for browser (localStorage, sessionStorage, cookies, memory).

Rewritten in Typescript from original local-storage-fallback by ripeworks.

npm version


$ npm install @conclurer/local-storage-fallback


Basic Usage

import {FallbackStorage} from '@conclurer/local-storage-fallback';

// Auto detect supported storage adapter (default behavior)
let storage = new FallbackStorage();
storage.setItem('foo', 'bar');
storage.getItem('foo'); // => 'bar'

Use as Shim for localStorage

To use local-storage-fallback as shim just import:

import '@conclurer/local-storage-fallback/shim';

Or add the following lines:

import {FallbackStorage} from '@conclurer/local-storage-fallback';

if (!('localStorage' in window)) {
    // tslint:disable-next-line
    (<any>window).localStorage = new FallbackStorage();

Specify Storage Adapter

import {FallbackStorage, MemoryStorage} from '@conclurer/local-storage-fallback';

let adapter = new MemoryStorage();
let storage = new FallbackStorage(adapter);

Custom Storage Adapters

Custom storage adapters can be used by implementing the IStorageAdapter interface:

import {FallbackStorage, IStorageAdapter} from '@conclurer/local-storage-fallback';

class CustomAdapter implements IStorageAdapter {
  // Custom implementation

let storage = new FallbackStorage(new CustomAdapter());


With browser settings like "Private Browsing" it has become a problem to rely on a working window.localStorage, even in newer browsers. Even though it may exist, it will throw exceptions when trying to use setItem or getItem. This module will run appropriate checks to see what browser storage mechanism might be available, and then expose it. It uses the same API as localStorage so it should work as a drop-in replacement in most cases.


  • CookieStorage has storage limits. Be careful here.
  • MemoryStorage will not persist between page loads. This is more or less a stop-gap to prevent page crashes, but may be sufficient for websites that don't do full page loads.

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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