How to read binary files byte by byte in Node.js


Question

What is the best way to read part of a binary file in Node.js?

I am looking to either access specific bytes in the "header" (less than the first 100 bytes) or read the file byte by byte.

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4/26/2011 1:32:36 PM

Accepted Answer

Here is an example of fs.read()-ing the first 100 bytes from a file descriptor returned by fs.open():

var fs = require('fs');

fs.open('file.txt', 'r', function(status, fd) {
    if (status) {
        console.log(status.message);
        return;
    }
    var buffer = Buffer.alloc(100);
    fs.read(fd, buffer, 0, 100, 0, function(err, num) {
        console.log(buffer.toString('utf8', 0, num));
    });
});
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5/23/2018 7:36:18 PM

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