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DS#find(resourceName, id[, options])

The "R" in "CRUD", DS#find is for retrieving a single item via an adapter. With completely default settings, it's probably going to end up making a GET request to /resource/:id, where resource is the name of the resource and id is the primary key of the item to retrieve, e.g. store.find('user', 1). If you're working with the resource directly you can just do User.find(1).

DS#find is asynchronous and returns a promise.

DS#find first checks to see if the item is already in the store and if so immediately resolve the promise with the item. Otherwise, it delegates to the find method of whichever adapter is being used and then injects the resulting item into the data store.

bypassCache: true will force delegation to the adapter (ignore the item in the store).

cacheResponse: false will cause the result to not be injected into the store.

If DS#find ends up delegating to an adapter, the options argument (if you passed one) will also be passed to the adapter's find method, so you can pass options to the adapter as well.

If the result is to be injected into the store, the options argument will also be passed to DS#inject when it is called.


You can call DS#find multiple ways

  • DS#find(resourceName, id[, options])
  • Resource#find(id[, options]) - Where Resource was created by DS#defineResource






The name of the resource to use. Unnecessary if calling find directly on a Resource.


string or number

The primary key of the item to retrieve.

options (optional)


Configuration options. Settings are inherited from Resource and Global defaults. Will be passed through to the adapter's find method and DS#inject, if they are called.



The name of a registered adapter to use.



Bypass the cache and force the delegation to the adapter.



Inject the resulting item into the store.



See findStrategy. Defaults to strategy.


array (of strings)

See findFallbackAdapters. Defaults to fallbackAdapters.



See strategy.


array (of strings)

See fallbackAdapters.

Because options is passed through to an adapter's find method or DS#inject, then the options for those methods are valid options here as well.

// See Method Variants section below for different ways to call DS#find
  .then(function (document) {
    document; // { id: 5, author: 'John Anderson' }

    // The new document is already in the data store
    Document.get(document.id); // { id: 5, author: 'John Anderson' }

    // Force the request to be made again
    return Document.find(5, { bypassCache: true });
  .then(function (document) {
    document; // { id: 5, author: 'John Anderson' }

    // The new document is still in the data store
    Document.get(document.id); // { id: 5, author: 'John Anderson' }

Don't inject the result into the store

Document.find(5).then(function (document) {
  document; // { id: 5, author: 'John Anderson' }

  // The document is NOT in the data store
  Document.get(document.id); // undefined

Use a different adapter

Document.find(7, { adapter: 'localstorage' });

Pass some options to that will be used by the adapter

Document.find(7, {
  adapter: 'localstorage',
  params: {
    foo: 'bar' 

Pass some options to that will be used by DS#inject

Document.find(7, {
  adapter: 'localstorage',
  beforeInject: function (Document, document) {
    document.foo = 'bar';
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