Plugin: alt-fetch

This transport plugin uses standard fetch() to retrieve remote content from alternative endpoints — that is, HTTPS endpoints that are not in the original domain. This enables retrieving content even if the website on the original domain is down for whatever reason. The list of alternative endpoints is configured via LibResilient config file, config.json.

Compare: dnslink-fetch.

As per LibResilient architecture, this plugin adds X-LibResilient-Method and X-LibResilient-ETag headers to the returned response.


The alt-fetch plugin supports the following configuration options:


When fetching an URL, alt-fetch removes the scheme and domain component. Then, for each alternative endpoint that is used for this particular request (up to concurrency of endpoints, as described above), it concatenates the endpoint with the remaining URL part. Finally, it performs a fetch() request for every URL construed in such a way.

Let’s say the plugin is deployed for website, with concurrency set to 2 and these configured alternative endpoints:

A visitor, who has visited the website at least once before (and so, LibResilient is loaded and working), tries to access it. For whatever reason, the site is down or otherwise inaccessible, and so the alt-fetch plugin kicks in.

The request for is being handled thus:

  1. scheme and domain removed: index.html
  2. two random alternative endpoints selected:
  3. fetch() request issued simultaneously for:
  4. the first successful response from either gets returned as the response for the whole plugin call.