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Memize is a unabashedly-barebones memoization library with an aim toward speed. By all accounts, Memize is the fastest memoization implementation in JavaScript (see benchmarks, how it works). It supports multiple arguments, including non-primitive arguments (by reference). All this weighing in at less than 0.3kb minified and gzipped, with no dependencies.


Simply pass your original function as an argument to Memize. The return value is a new, memoized function.

function fibonacci( number ) {
	if ( number < 2 ) {
		return number;

	return fibonacci( number - 1 ) + fibonacci( number - 2 );

var memoizedFibonacci = memize( fibonacci );

memoizedFibonnaci( 8 ); // Invoked, cached, and returned
memoizedFibonnaci( 8 ); // Returned from cache
memoizedFibonnaci( 5 ); // Invoked, cached, and returned
memoizedFibonnaci( 8 ); // Returned from cache


Using npm as a package manager:

npm install memize

Otherwise, download a pre-built copy from unpkg:


Memize accepts a function to be memoized, and returns a new memoized function.

memize( fn: Function, options: ?{
	maxSize?: number
} ): Function

Optionally, pass an options object with maxSize defining the maximum size of the cache.

The memoized function exposes a clear function if you need to reset the cache:



The following benchmarks are performed in Node 8.2.1 on a MacBook Pro (Late 2016), 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7. Lodash, Underscore, and Ramda are only included in the first benchmark because they do not support multiple argument memoization.

Single argument


Name Ops / sec Relative margin of error
memize 46,802,274 ± 0.95%
moize 36,659,057 ± 1.09%
fast-memoize 28,318,096 ± 2.31%
moize (serialized) 14,363,716 ± 0.82%
underscore 12,934,260 ± 0.75%
lru-memoize 11,648,537 ± 1.13%
memoizee 11,120,460 ± 1.02%
lodash 9,896,950 ± 0.51%
memoizerific 2,252,795 ± 1.26%
memoizejs 1,357,025 ± 0.76%
ramda 1,109,387 ± 0.85%

Multiple arguments (primitive)


Name Ops / sec Relative margin of error
memize 35,171,560 ± 0.62%
moize 22,314,974 ± 1.01%
moize (serialized) 11,188,031 ± 0.84%
lru-memoize 8,625,528 ± 1.83%
memoizee 8,435,400 ± 0.77%
memoizerific 1,438,243 ± 1.04%
memoizejs 1,130,111 ± 0.61%
fast-memoize 754,958 ± 0.64%

Multiple arguments (non-primitive)


Name Ops / sec Relative margin of error
memize 35,439,005 ± 0.58%
moize 22,624,991 ± 1.11%
lru-memoize 8,562,363 ± 1.76%
memoizee 8,424,725 ± 1.11%
moize (serialized) 1,575,815 ± 0.87%
memoizerific 1,466,993 ± 0.87%
memoizejs 832,957 ± 0.94%
fast-memoize 649,054 ± 0.53%

How it works

If you haven't already, feel free to glance over the source code. It's approximately 100 lines of heavily commented code, and should help provide substance to the implementation concepts.

Memize creates a last-in first-out stack implemented as a doubly linked list. It biases recent access favoring real-world scenarios where the function is subsequently invoked multiple times with the same arguments. The choice to implement as a linked list is due to dramatically better performance characteristics compared to Array#unshift for surfacing an entry to the head of the list (jsperf). A downside of linked lists is inability to efficiently access arbitrary indices, but iterating from the beginning of the cache list is optimized by guaranteeing the list is sorted by recent access / insertion.

Each node in the list tracks the original arguments as an array. This acts as a key of sorts, matching arguments of the current invocation by performing a shallow equality comparison on the two arrays. Other memoization implementations often use JSON.stringify to generate a string key for lookup in an object cache, but this benchmarks much slower than a shallow comparison (jsperf).

Finally, special care is made toward treatment of arguments due to engine-specific deoptimizations which can occur in V8 via arguments leaking. Order is important here; we only create a shallow clone when necessary, after the cache has been checked, to avoid creating a clone unnecessarily if a cache entry exists. Looking at the code, you'd not be blamed for thinking that dropping the shallow clone would improve performance, but in fact it would slow execution by approximately 60%. This is due to how the lingering arguments reference would carry over by reference ("leaks") in the node's args property.


Copyright 2018 Andrew Duthie

Released under the MIT License.

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