fs writeFile Example, Write Array LinesUse the node file system module to write lines from an array to a file on the disk.
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WriteFile. Sometimes in Node programs we need to write a file to the disk. We usually need to build up the data in memory, and string methods can be used for this.
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With the node fs module, we can access methods on the fs type—this refers to the file system. We can invoke writeFile to write a file with the string data to the disk.
Example. Here we have a simple program that has an array, and writes it to a text file. The elements are in the array are separated with a newline character in the file.
Step 1 We create a new array of 3 string elements. These will form the contents of each line in the text file.
Step 2 We invoke the join() function on the array. This returns a string with each element separate a newline character.
Step 3 The fs.writeFile receives 2 arguments—we pass it the string of the file contents, and a lambda expression that handles errors.
Step 4 In the lambda expression, we test to see if the error value is present. If so, we log it to the console.
const fs = require("node:fs"); // Step 1: create the lines in an array. let lines = ["One", "two", "three"]; // Step 2: merge the lines with the join function. let content = lines.join("\n"); // Step 3: call writeFile to write the lines to the file. fs.writeFile("example-node.txt", content, err => { // Step 4: print an error if one occurs. if (err) { console.error(err); } console.log("WRITTEN"); });
WriteFileSync. For simpler code, we can use writeFileSync. This does not require a callback method, and it probably is most useful when any possible errors returned are not important.
const fs = require("node:fs"); // Write a string to a file with writeFileSync. let content = "Even more example content"; fs.writeFileSync("programs/example2.txt", content); console.log("DONE");
Summary. With Node.js, we have powerful modules that can perform actions on the file system. We can read and write files—and use JavaScript methods to create the data.
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