A wrapper around the Heroku API for Node.js
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A wrapper around the v3 Heroku API.


$ npm install heroku-client --save


To begin, require the Heroku module and create a client, passing in an API token:

const Heroku = require('heroku-client')
const heroku = new Heroku({ token: process.env.HEROKU_API_TOKEN })

heroku-client has get, post, patch, and delete functions which can make requests with the specified HTTP method to any endpoint:

// GET requests
heroku.get('/apps').then(apps => {
  // do something with apps

// POST requests
heroku.post('/apps').then(app => {})

// POST requests with body
heroku.post('/apps', {body: {name: 'my-new-app'}}).then(app => {})

// PATCH requests with body
heroku.patch('/apps/my-app', {body: {name: 'my-renamed-app'}}).then(app => {})

// DELETE requests
heroku.delete('/apps/my-old-app').then(app => {})

There is also an even more generic request function that can accept many more options:

  method: 'GET',
  path: '/apps',
  headers: {
    'Foo': 'Bar'
  parseJSON: false
}).then(response => {})


It's easy to get heroku-client working with generators. In this example, I'll use the co library to wrap a function that will get the list of all of my apps, and then get the dynos for each of those apps:

const co     = require('co')
const heroku = require('heroku-client')
const hk     = heroku.createClient({ token: process.env.HEROKU_API_KEY })

let main = function * () {
  let apps  = yield hk.get('/apps')
  let dynos = yield apps.map(getDynos)


  function getDynos(app) {
    return hk.get(`/apps/${app.name}/dynos`)


Hooray, no callbacks or promises in sight!

HTTP Proxies

If you'd like to make requests through an HTTP proxy, set the HEROKU_HTTP_PROXY_HOST environment variable with your proxy host, and HEROKU_HTTP_PROXY_PORT with the desired port (defaults to 8080). heroku-client will then make requests through this proxy instead of directly to api.heroku.com.


heroku-client can optionally perform caching of API requests.

heroku-client will cache any response from the Heroku API that comes with an ETag header, and each response is cached individually (i.e. even though the client might make multiple calls for a user's apps and then aggregate them into a single JSON array, each required API call is individually cached). For each API request it performs, heroku-client sends an If-None-Match header if there is a cached response for the API request. If API returns a 304 response code, heroku-client returns the cached response. Otherwise, it writes the new API response to the cache and returns that.

To tell heroku-client to perform caching, add a config object to the options with store and encryptor objects. These can be instances of memjs and simple-encryptor, respectively.

var Heroku    = require('heroku-client');
var memjs     = require('memjs').Client.create();
var encryptor = require('simple-encryptor')(SECRET_CACHE_KEY);
var hk        = new Heroku({
  cache: { store: memjs, encryptor: encryptor }

Custom caching

Alternatively you can specify a custom cache implementation. Your custom implementation must define get(key, cb(err, value)) and set(key, value) functions.

Here's a sample implementation that uses Redis to cache API responses for 5-minutes each:

var redis        = require('redis');
var client       = redis.createClient();
var cacheTtlSecs = 5 * 60; // 5 minutes

var redisStore = {
  get: function(key, cb) {
    // Namespace the keys:
    var redisKey = 'heroku:api:' + key;
    client.GET(redisKey, cb);

  set: function(key, value) {
    // Namespace the keys:
    var redisKey = 'heroku:api:' + key;
    client.SETEX(redisKey, cacheTtlSecs, value, function(err) {
      // ignore errors on set

var encryptor = require('simple-encryptor')(SECRET_CACHE_KEY);
var Heroku    = require('heroku-client');
var hk        = new Heroku({
  cache: {store: redisStore, encryptor: encryptor}


Inspect your changes, and bump the version number accordingly when cutting a release.

Running tests

heroku-client uses ava for tests:

$ npm test