Load and execute external js file in node.js with access to local variables?


Is it easy/possible to do a simple include('./path/to/file') type of command in node.js?

All I want to do is have access to local variables and run a script. How do people typically organize node.js projects that are bigger than a simple hello world? (A fully functional dynamic website)

For example I'd like to have directories like:



... etc

11/16/2016 9:38:21 AM

Accepted Answer

Just do a require('./yourfile.js');

Declare all the variables that you want outside access as global variables. So instead of

var a = "hello" it will be

GLOBAL.a="hello" or just

a = "hello"

This is obviously bad. You don't want to be polluting the global scope. Instead the suggest method is to export your functions/variables.

If you want the MVC pattern take a look at Geddy.

11/23/2013 6:30:51 PM

You need to understand CommonJS, which is a pattern to define modules. You shouldn't abuse GLOBAL scope that's always a bad thing to do, instead you can use the 'exports' token, like this:

// circle.js

var PI = 3.14; // PI will not be accessible from outside this module

exports.area = function (r) {
  return PI * r * r;

exports.circumference = function (r) {
  return 2 * PI * r;

And the client code that will use our module:

// client.js

var circle = require('./circle');
console.log( 'The area of a circle of radius 4 is '
           + circle.area(4));

This code was extracted from node.js documentation API:


Also, if you want to use something like Rails or Sinatra, I recommend Express (I couldn't post the URL, shame on Stack Overflow!)

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