JavaScript serialization that preserves behavior and reference circularity.
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Latest commit c67b8dc Apr 30, 2015 Charlie Huckel Charlie Huckel committed with skeeto Apply replacer to original input during stringify().
Rather than afterwards to the transformed Resurrect structure. This
allows the replacer to remove keys and their associated values which
should not be serialized. This is particularly important when the
filtered out data is large.


ResurrectJS preserves object behavior (prototypes) and reference circularity with a special JSON encoding. Unlike flat JSON, it can also properly resurrect these types of values:

  • Date
  • RegExp
  • DOM objects
  • undefined
  • NaN, Infinity, -Infinity

Supported Browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • IE9+

Read about how it works.


function Foo() {}
Foo.prototype.greet = function() { return "hello"; };

// Behavior is preserved:
var necromancer = new Resurrect();
var json = necromancer.stringify(new Foo());
var foo = necromancer.resurrect(json);
foo.greet();  // => "hello"

// References to the same object are preserved:
json = necromancer.stringify([foo, foo]);
var array = necromancer.resurrect(json);
array[0] === array[1];  // => true
array[1].greet();  // => "hello"

// Dates are restored properly
json = necromancer.stringify(new Date());
var date = necromancer.resurrect(json);;  // => "[object Date]"


Options are provided to the constructor as an object with these properties:

  • prefix ("#"): A prefix string used for temporary properties added to objects during serialization and deserialization. It is important that you don't use any properties beginning with this string. This option must be consistent between both serialization and deserialization.

  • cleanup (false): Perform full property cleanup after both serialization and deserialization using the delete operator. This may cause performance penalties (i.e. breaking hidden classes in V8) on objects that ResurrectJS touches, so enable with care.

  • revive (true): Restore behavior (__proto__) to objects that have been resurrected. If this is set to false during serialization, resurrection information will not be encoded. You still get circularity and Date support.

  • resolver (Resurrect.NamespaceResolver): Converts between a name and a prototype. Create a custom resolver if your constructors are not stored in global variables. The resolver has two methods: getName(object) and getPrototype(string).

For example,

var necromancer = new Resurrect({
    prefix: '__#',
    cleanup: true


Only two methods are significant when using ResurrectJS.

  • .stringify(object[, replacer[, space]]): Serializes an arbitrary object or value into a string. The replacer and space arguments are the same as JSON.stringify, being passed through to this method. Note that the replacer will not be called for ResurrectJS's intrusive keys.

  • .resurrect(string): Deserializes an object stored in a string by a previous call to .stringify(). Circularity and, optionally, behavior (prototype chain) will be restored.


With the default resolver, all constructors must be named and stored in the global variable under that name. This is required so that the prototypes can be looked up and reconnected at resurrection time.

The wrapper objects Boolean, String, and Number will be unwrapped. This means extra properties added to these objects will not be preserved.

Functions cannot ever be serialized. Resurrect will throw an error if a function is found when traversing a data structure.

Custom Resolvers

There is a caveat with the provided resolver, NamespaceResolver: all constructors must be explicitly named when defined. For example, see the Foo constructor in this example,

var namespace = {};
namespace.Foo = function Foo() { = true;
var necromancer = new Resurrect({
    resolver: new Resurrect.NamespaceResolver(namespace)

The constructor been assigned to the Foo property and the function itself has been given a matching name. This is how the resolver will find the name of the constructor in the namespace when given the constructor. Keep in mind that using this form will bind the variable Foo to the surrounding function within the body of Foo.

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