Node js Read File Example

Node js Read File Example

Node js read file example. Here, You will learn how to read file (text, html, etc) from the system server using node js. This tutorial provides you to the example of reading file data in asynchronous (non-blocking) and synchronous (blocking).

There are two functions to read files in the node js. First function readFile() and another function is readFileSync(). The first function reads the data of the file asynchronous. The second function reads the file’s data synchronously.

First of all, you need to create a new text file name myfile.txt and update the following text in this file:

myfile.txt file content


Node Js Read File Functions

readFile() function

The readFile () function reads the file’s data asynchronous.


fs.readFile(file[, options], callback)

Example – Node JS Read file in asynchronously

var fs = require('fs');
fs.readFile('c:\\myfile.txt', 'utf8', function(error, data) {
    if (error) {
        console.log('Error:- ' + error);
        throw error;

readFileSync() function

The readFileSync() function reads the file’s data Synchronous.


fs.readFileSync(file[, options])

Example – Node JS Read file in synchronously

var fs = require('fs');
var data = fs.readFileSync('c:\\myfile.txt', 'utf8');

Note:- Both fs.readFile () and fs.readFileSync () read the entire contents of the given files into memory before returning data.

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