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Ringpop is a library that brings cooperation and coordination to distributed applications. It maintains a consistent hash ring on top of a membership protocol and provides request forwarding as a routing convenience. It can be used to shard your application in a way that's scalable and fault tolerant.


  • Node 0.10 (0.10.32 or higher)


To install Ringpop for usage as a library:

npm install ringpop

Prepare the current directory for development:

npm install

To be able to run the tests, make sure you have your open file limit restriction on at least 4K:

ulimit -n 4096

Tick Cluster

An example application tools/tick-cluster.js is included in ringpop-common repository. It just launches a ringpop cluster of a given size. Using this application is the quickest way to start a ringpop cluster.

git clone
./ringpop-common/tools/tick-cluster.js --interpreter node main.js


Run a 2-node Ringpop cluster from the command-line. Install Ringpop and TChannel, copy/paste the below into your editor and run!

var Ringpop = require('ringpop');
var TChannel = require('tchannel');

function Cluster(opts) { =;
    this.size = opts.size;
    this.basePort = opts.basePort;
    this.bootstrapNodes = [];

    // Create the bootstrap list of nodes that'll
    // be used to seed Ringpop for its join request.
    for (var i = 0; i < this.size; i++) {
        this.bootstrapNodes.push('' + (this.basePort + i));

Cluster.prototype.launch = function launch(callback) {
    var self = this;
    var done = after(self.size, callback);

    for (var i = 0; i < this.size; i++) {
        var addr = this.bootstrapNodes[i];
        var addrParts = addr.split(':');

        var tchannel = new TChannel();
        var ringpop = new Ringpop({
            hostPort: addr,
            channel: tchannel.makeSubChannel({
                serviceName: 'ringpop',
                trace: false

        // First make sure TChannel is accepting connections.
        tchannel.listen(+addrParts[1], addrParts[0], listenCb(ringpop));

    function listenCb(ringpop) {
        // When TChannel is listening, bootstrap Ringpop. It'll
        // try to join its friends in the bootstrap list.
        return function onListen() {
            ringpop.bootstrap(self.bootstrapNodes, done);

// IGNORE THIS! It's a little utility function that invokes
// a callback after a specified number of invocations
// of its shim.
function after(count, callback) {
    var countdown = count;

    return function shim(err) {
        if (typeof callback !== 'function') return;

        if (err) {
            callback = null;

        if (--countdown === 0) {
            callback = null;

if (require.main === module) {
    // Launch a Ringpop cluster of arbitrary size.
    var cluster = new Cluster({
        name: 'mycluster',
        size: 2,
        basePort: 3000

    // When all nodes have been bootstrapped, your
    // Ringpop cluster will be ready for use.
    cluster.launch(function onLaunch(err) {
        if (err) {
            console.error('Error: failed to launch cluster');

        console.log('Ringpop cluster is ready!');


Interested in where to go from here? Read the docs at


Scalable, fault-tolerant application-layer sharding for Node.js applications




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