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A TypeScript implementation of the DENO_DIR/cache for the Deno CLI.

This is designed to provide access to the cache using very similar logic to the way that the Deno CLI accesses the cache, which allows items like deno_graph, deno_doc, dnt, deno_check, and emit to access and populate the cache in the same way that the CLI does.


Because of the nature of code, it requires several permissions to be able to work properly. If the permissions aren’t granted at execution, the code will try to prompt for them, only requesting what is specifically needed to perform the task.

  • --allow-env - The code needs access to several environment variables, depending on the platform as well, these can include HOME, USERPROFILE, LOCALAPPDATA, XDG_CACHE_HOME, DENO_DIR, and DENO_AUTH_TOKENS.
  • --allow-read - In certain cases the code needs to determine the current working directory, as well as read the cache files, so it requires read permission.
  • --allow-write - The code requires write permission to the root of the cache directory.
  • --allow-net - The code requires net access to any remote modules that are not found in the cache.

This can just be granted on startup to avoid being prompted for them.


Using the cache and the file fetcher to provide modules to build a module graph:

import { createCache } from "";
import { createGraph } from "";

// create a cache where the location will be determined environmentally
const cache = createCache();
// destructuring the two functions we need to pass to the graph
const { cacheInfo, load } = cache;
// create a graph that will use the cache above to load and cache dependencies
const graph = await createGraph("", {

// log out the console a similar output to `deno info` on the command line.

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